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The Best Lights and Lighting Equipment for YouTube

Great lighting is important if you want people to watch your YouTube videos from start to finish. Viewers want to be able to see you clearly and will click away if they cannot. Natural light works great, and it's cheap, so if it is possible you might want to consider vlogging outside. Of course not every type of vlog is suited to the outdoors.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely you will be able to get good quality light from the lamps and ceiling lights in your home. Floor lamps can be useful for filling shadows or backlighting, but are not usually powerful enough to use as your main light. Natural light is, so one way you can get around needing a lot of lighting equipment is to use a window as your main light. This is not always possible, though. If you are going to vlog from inside your house then there is a good chance you will need to invest in some lighting equipment.

The Best Lights and Lighting Equipment for YouTube

Here are some examples of lights and lighting equipment for YouTube:

1. Julius Studio NEW 160 LED 160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Light - $60

This is a powerful LED light panel that can attach right onto your camera. It is extremely portable, which makes it a great option if you are going to be walking with your camera while you shoot. This panel light is also bright enough to be the main light in a stationary setup.

2. LimoStudio 700W Photography Softbox Light Lighting Kit - $167

Softboxes create soft, diffused, light and are often used in portrait photography. This LimoStudio kit comes with two daylight light bulbs, two softboxes, and two stands. Setting softboxes up on either side of you will create very even light, which means you may look flat against your background. So, even if you have two softboxes, you will still need to set up a backlight or reflector behind you to help you stand out.

3. Neewer Camera Dimmable Ring Fluorescent Flash Light - $200

A ring light is a circular light you can mount your camera within to get even light on the subject directly in front of it. These types of lights are extremely popular with beauty gurus and makeup vloggers because of how well they illuminate your face.

4. Aputure Amaran AL-528S LED Video Light - $358

This Video Light is a light, thin, panel covered in LED lights. It is powerful enough to be used as a main light and, because it is LED, it has a long lifespan. The Aputure Aramran Video Light is a great option for your main light.

5. Neewer Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector - $41

Reflectors are used to bounce light towards your subject. They are great for filling shadows created by your main light. This reflector is five reflectors in one: silver, gold, black, white and translucent.

Lighting equipment is an expense that some people do not expect to have when they decide to become vloggers, but it is a worthwhile investment. Youtube is full of badly lit videos and putting just a little effort into lighting will help you stand out. Plus, as you can see from the products listed above, it is possible to light your shots without breaking the bank.

5. All About Reflectors/Diffusers

White reflectors are used to simply bounce light. Silver reflectors make light a bit colder-looking, and gold reflectors give things a slightly warmer, more glamourous, look. Black and translucent 'reflectors' are not really for bouncing light. The black reflector blocks light, which is useful if you are trying to focus your main light so it is only lighting you and not everything behind you. The translucent reflector is actually a diffuser. Diffusers are usually set up between you and your main light to soften it and make it easier on your eyes.

For tips on how to set up your lights check out the post 'Vlogger Tips – Lighting Tips'.

Jun 01,2018 10:59 am
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