Have you every wanted that natural glow or perfect day time lighting while streaming live on cam? Perhaps you’re unsure of how to get the proper effect with your own setup and aren’t quite ready to purchase a high end light kit and figure it out. The truth is it’s not always necessary to spend a large amount of money on soft boxes and umbrellas to achieve a look utilized by major production companies for your cammodel stream. In many cases you can elevate a mediocre stream and save money by using specific daylight bulbs and/or back drops in compatible colors.
One of my favorite gadgets that I absolutely love for enhancing my image online and creating the perfect glow is my diva ringlight. It’s perfect for centralized lighting and creates a soft spotlight around the focal point of any stream which will be you the cammodel. This sort of lighting system I’ve noticed is very popular among YouTubers and makeup artist. But after noticing how glorious and complimentary the effects were I decided to try it out while live streaming. I found myself looking amazing even in low light situations and Because ringlights typically do not give off light in a large radius, I would recommend using additional lights off to the sides to make to enhance your lighting.
If you don’t want to purchase a ring light there are several Youtube videos showing how a person can make one with basic supplies.
In keeping with the theme for lighting on a budget I would recommend using CFL bulbs (Compact Florescent Lamps). These are inexpensive and can elevate your stream while providing 4k lighting effects that can turn any camroom into a professional studio in no time. My preference for using CFL bulbs are in five arm floor lamps that can be easily adjusted to accommodate any three point lighting set up. With 4K now becoming the norm, anything which assists in the need for less colour correction and balance in post production is welcome.
Floor Lamps With Pink Shades Are Perfect For Those With Red Undertones In Their Skin. Try A Lamp With Blue Shades If You Have Cool Undertones.
These bulbs are the best versatile lights and are indeed fit for purpose giving off a true daylight balance and brightness suited for shooting creative content. And if you decide to use CFL bulbs in a floor lamp such as the one mentioned above you can play around with the amount of light utilized because most floor lamps of this type come with a dimmer or the ability to control the amount of light shown. I would recommend this set up if you are unable to live stream or film clips in natural sunlight.
My latest find for cammodel lighting on a budget is designed by Neewer. In past five years this company has grown tremendously. Neewer products ranging from lighting devices to tripods have become major staples in my tech setup. It appears that they are no longer just the go to place for cheap replicas of high end products but are actually responsible for useful gadgets.
These budget lights come with an adjustable tripod stand, a diffuser plus three color filters. These lights are best positioned on a table top being that the tripod only reaches to around 3 feet in height. They’re dimmable and can reach up to 5600k. The “K” stands for Kelvin and is the measurement that determines the degrees for lighting. Once you’ve reached the 5600 range you are operating at a full color spectrum. This is the range that will most likely depict objects in “True Color”. This is also called Daylight Lighting and is perfect for streamers wanting a true color spectrum to show off their makeup.
The Neewer 5600 2 Pack are very small lights that pack a major punch. I think these are perfect for both newbies looking for an upgrade as well as cammodel veterans who just need something additional. You can use them both as a main key light as well as a filler. I believe that they’re a fairly new product that’s just starting to gain more interest in the past two months. FYI they’re selling out very quickly. If you’d like to see them in action check out this video for budget lighting.
Another option for led panels that are slightly more expensive than the Neewer lights above, are the Yongnuo video light series. These lights come equipped with movable barn doors that help with directing the path of light for certain light effects. They’re not just great for live streaming but can also be useful for creating your own photo shoots and selfies. These too can reach up to daylight settings of 5600k and can be mounted above your monitor on a tripod. If you decide to go with this option I would suggest using matte black spray paint to fully cover the barn doors. Unless you enjoy the super high intensity effect the reflective metal surface gives off, then leave them as is. If you do choose to paint the barn doors don’t forget to protect the lighting surface with thick painters tape.
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