Recommendations for portable lighting kit for photography and short video recordings

Posted March 15, 2021 in
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Connor DeLaney

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Not to pull at your heart strings, but in reality, I am trying to do exactly that. I'm looking to buy a lighting kit for photography and video recording that's easy to use and pretty portable to move around for my girlfriend's birthday. She has a personal baking account with ~4k followers and I want to help her make it even better without having to always rely on natural light for photoshoots or tutorials. 

What kits or tech would you recommend? Pricepoints and places to buy them are a plus! 

Thanks :) 
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An interesting, useful, but small light is the Aputure MC RGBWW LED Light which can be purchased from BHPhotoVideo for $90, although it's so popular that as of Mar-17-2021, it's on backorder. Wah wah. 

Note: Same price at https://www.filmtools.com/aputure-mc-rgbww-led-light-mc.html and they do have it in stock.

It's a small light, about the size of a cell phone, but with a 1/4-20 thread on the side so that you can mount it. It uses Bluetooth and an app that  connects to your phone, and that allows you to dial in any color, as well as various shades of white, but when you want to shoot video of some flying monkey cookies with a nice wizard-of-oz-green in the background, this will be the light you need. 

More info here: https://youtu.be/waBDDMyWeaY

If you want more than one, they are available in a four-pack, or a twelve-pack as well. Just search for MC 4 or MC 12 for those packages (which also include charging cases). 
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Connor DeLaney
This is fantastic  Steve Hoffer , thank you so much!

Jimmy Beasley
@ Steve Hoffer  , What do you reccommend for a studio kit, for beginners. Because right now I don't have the necessary tools to complete my bio video. So I have no idea what to do. 
Steve Hoffer
I'd start with your budget, and purchase lights based on that.
  • If you have just a tiny budget and a cell phone, start with 'clamp lights' and 'daylight LED bulbs' as a starting point. Add paper to the front for diffusion. This is what I did, until I could get some funds put together for a 'real' kit.
  • From there, look for LED panels--there are kits now that are relatively inexpensive.
  • Study lighting. Understand what 'three point lighting' is, and if you don't know, find some YouTube videos about it. 
  • Take a page from Shane Hurlbut, ASC and use a vinyl shower curtain to soften the light if you need to--my point here is that the solution doesn't always have to be the expensive one. 
  • Try things out, get feedback from others. Use natural lighting when you can.
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Jimmy Beasley
Steve Hoffer  , the cost of clamp lights, diffusion and LED Panels is going to cost me a total of $91-$-95.
Jimmy Beasley
@ Steve Hoffer  I can't start with my budget because i am disabled that is why I went to college. And I only get paid once a month. I don't want to lose this motivation simply due to the fact this is my thing to complete 
Jimmy Beasley
Steve Hoffer  , after doing the research of you recommend I invest since I am on a budget. Is there another way to get those three items, I don't want to lose this motivation and passion.  Is there another to get it, I wish I could get a loan but can't, already know family won't help me, what about renting equipment and paying in installments. 
Jimmy Beasley
Zach Basner  , if you ever get this, the lighting in my apartment is terrible. And now that my vlog kit has broken.What should I do about the lighting?

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