A crucial aspect of vlogging and filming tutorials is creating a well-composed, well-lit, and welcoming shot of yourself and your setup. Vlogging is, by nature, a weird art form that asks its viewers to follow you into whatever type of content you choose to focus on, whether that is daily life, instruction, or traveling. No matter the type of content, your shot needs to look good. These kinds of videos usually involve a very fast turnaround time due to the rapid speed of production. Quick setups and breakdowns are inevitable, so the right equipment can make a world of difference
Let’s take a look at some decent lighting setups to consider before you take on vlogging.
If you’re going to be moving around all day, not bound to one constant setup, then the size of your light should be the first thing you consider. The AL-M9 is perfect for anybody who needs a wide range of brightness. The AL-M9 offers nine different levels of brightness, powered by USB instead of batteries (saving you money down the road).
A few other small portable LEDs to consider:
Often referred to as the “diva ring,” this light is almost solely meant for tutorial-based setups and stationary vloggers. The light is pretty much the dream setup if you’re going to work out of your office or studio because of its low-energy needs and its ability to light the top half of a person accurately. One of the best aspects of the light is that it doesn’t put out a lot of heat. (Often, you’ll be close to the camera and light, and the last thing you want to do on camera is sweat.) Another benefit of using this type of light is the pictures you can take (for your clickbaity thumbnail that we all know you need).
This type of light has been a hit lately. Here are a few others to consider:
If you already own standard LED panels for photography (or just for freelance videography work), don’t be afraid to use these stationary lights for your setup. This particular light is about the size of an iPad, so if you need to travel with it, mobility is not an issue. The wireless control capability is essential for anybody who needs to crank these videos out in mere hours.
A few more panels to try out:
Side note: If you’re just starting out from scratch and don’t have the resources or time to find affordable lights, consider using your phone, daylight through a window, or light from a monitor. Don’t be afraid to mix up the location and light source.
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