August 4, 2013 at 5:43 PM #69520GeorgeParticipant
Hey All, looking for an inexpesnive lighting solution. I am not someone who shoots interviews regularly, only about 2-3 in the upcoming year. Obviosuly nothing beats a real light kit, but i found these from home depot.
If I say bought 2 would this suffice? Maybe some diffusion paper? Or just go with one of those cheap Lightbox kits from ebay
August 5, 2013 at 1:10 AM #208418JohnParticipant
In my experience a work light (even with some diffusion paper) is still quite a harse light. It also can just super warm (depending on where you are shooting this might not be best).
The guys at Wistia put together this video for a super cheap (but useful) lighting set-up… http://wistia.com/learning/down-dirty-lighting-kit
Might be worth checking out as they have gotten some good results with it. It might also look a little more professional that work lights.
Hope that helps,
August 19, 2013 at 7:35 PM #208482BrianParticipant
EGADS… Wow, no. A construction worklight is not at all what you need.
Today's cameras are very sensitive and don't need much light. The quality of that light is more crucial. I'm a big believer in keeping things simple until you need to do otherwise. So the first question is if you really need lighting gear at all? Can you shoot your interview outside? Can it be casual and place the subject near a window and bounce a little fill in with a flexfill or white card?
If you really need lights and only need them a time or two a year, rent them. BorrowLenses.com rents Kinos and other lights at really great rates. Showing up with pro lights increases your credibility and makes the finished product look better. Also, watch ebay. I've got a number of lights in my rig that came from ebay – couple of Mole Richardson fresnels and a Joker HMI. They were certainly more expensive than the $74 Home Depot work light but they are tools that will last forever. Check out CoolLights.biz for some good and inexpensive lights. Put together a nice kit and rent it to other shooters.
John's link has some good stuff to pull lighting off on the cheap but in the end, answer the most important thing, do you really want to be the guy that shows up with a $150 light kit? If that's your market, go for it but it does limit who you can market your services to.
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