Creative Lighting on a Budget
Yes, the economy seems to be looking up a little more these days, but I think most of us are still trying to keep our non-essential spending to a minimum, and certainly if you’re trying to save money, purchasing expensive studio lights is nowhere close to being on the priority list.
Still, it would still be cool to experiment with different lighting set ups for interviews and photography purposes, right?
Do it! Never let a lack of money keep you from being creative. A lack of money forces you to be more creative, because you can't just throw cash to get the most expensive lighting set up and be done with it. You have to work harder to work around the issue of a low budget, but it can be done.
We at Campbellcameras.com offer a budget-friendly lighting setups and we will show you how to use household products and lights that you already have!
Here are a couple of our budget-friendly lighting equipment:
The first is the Joby GorillaTorch Blade and the second is the Joby GorillaTorch Flare.
Bescor LED-95WK dual studio lights for only $229.95.
Reflectors are a budget-friendly tool that you can use when you want to use the natural light (sun or other lights) to create different lighting effects. Reflectors are ranging in sizes from 22-42" and include a collapsable white, gold and silver reflector in one.
Here are some other ideas to use for a budget-friendly lighting set ups:
If you walk into any hardware store chains (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) then you will no doubt have noticed the inexpensive bright yellow 500watt high-power halogen lights designed for construction workers that seem to be perpetually "on special". They usually come in two designs- as a single light in a metal enclosure and small base designed to sit on a table or shelf, or as a free-standing pair of lights on top of an adjustable tripod designed to be raised or lowered. The tripod lights are probably going to be the most useful to you and they cost around $45. But, the single lights are also so cheap (about US$18) that it is a shame not to have one of those up your sleeve as well.
There is one big problem with these lights, however – they are halogen tungsten lights. The light they throw is very yellow and usually not desirable for color photography or videography. If you shoot in Black and White then you can get away with it, but if you shoot colour and especially if you want to mix this light with other light sources such as daylight or flash, then we need to do something about it.
Luckily the solution is just as easy. There are replacement globes available for these lights that are tinted blue to cancel out the warm colour temperature of the light. We also did a blog on how to transform one of these lights yourself- How To Modify A Construction Work Light.
Campbell Outdoor Challenge has used these construction lights to create spotlight effects used on their show as shown above.
Another creative option is using a lot of the Joby GorillaTorch Flares ($24 each) to create a multiple spotlight effect as seen in this photograph:
These are just a few suggestions for a budget-friendly lighting set up! Get out there and test your creative ideas and share them here or on our Facebook Page! We would love to hear how you create your own lighting setups!
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