A lot of readers have trouble with lighting either because their home isn’t well lit at a convenient time of day for filming, or their location simply doesn’t get light enough. It can be so frustrating when you want to get busy, so what do you do?
I hope that my smartphone lighting guide will encourage any blogger using any camera to work smarter and better with the help of more helpful indoor lighting. Grab yourself a light for pet product photography or smartphone movies that will not break the bank.
- FTC disclosure To make life easier, I have put together a useful range of equipment for you to consider, or splurge your Amazon gift card on. I use Amazon Affiliate links in this post. This does not affect the price you pay for your products, I just make sure you see the good stuff.
Lighting Tips for Newbies
First the bottom line. How much you are willing to spend depends on your blogging budget. But, it might surprise you to know that even when I limited myself to four and five-star reviews did not exclude budget-priced equipment.
For this gift guide, I used Amazon as it is accessible to everyone but you will also find setups on eBay or a local selling site like TradeMe in New Zealand. Shop around and check out local options.
Lighting Gift Guides
The gift guide is divided into ring lights and specialised photography lights for your convenience. All of the items have at least a four-star rating and many are inexpensive.
Ring Light Tips
- Check how big the ring light will be. Rings and smaller lights can be anything from a few centimetres square to nearly 30 cms (12 ins approx.) wide.
- Check the cost. Will you use it often? Are there replacement parts? How is it reviewed on Amazon?
- Build quality. If you will use your light for filming yourself, products or taking photographs and you will move it around, you don’t want something cheap and fragile. Check buyers comments for critiques on build quality. One of the reviewers we saw actually mentioned it works even after the cat knocked it over!
- Light intensity. You will want to adjust the strength of your light at some point so being able to change the intensity can be a help. These lights are called ‘dimmable’ or adjustable lights in an online search.
- Does the light have a stand, tripod or attachment that works for you? Some stands are tabletop size, others are adjustable from floor level.
Photo Portrait Studio Light Tips
If you can create a permanent set up in a corner of your home, this makes life easier for serious photo work. Particularly for things like lifestyle product photography or pet photos for a sponsor. For this, you will want to consider what is called an umbrella lighting kit, or a ‘softbox’ kit.
These are larger but they give you lots of control over your lighting environment. A setup like this is a step up once you gain some expertise.
Whatever your Christmas choice, we hope your Christmas will be a peaceful one, whether it is quiet or family filled.