View Full Version : Cheap LED Ring : Anyone?


Jason McDonald
December 22nd, 2011, 03:50 AM
I'm looking to light for an interview style shot. This is not a paid gig, this is for me to start doing some video 'diaries' 'projects' for my students at their homes. I don't mind lugging some gear with me, but I'd really like to keep it minimal yet look professional (This is a way for me to learn lighting as well)

I've checked ebay, not sure what to go with. Anyone have a good cheap solution they've tried out? I don't have time for a DIY project.

Les Wilson
December 22nd, 2011, 05:24 AM
Even thought lighting equipment is packaged into things called "Kits", it doesn't mean it's like a box of parts with instructions on how to put it together and get the same result. Kits are simply a collection of bits from a manufacturer that if you know how to do lighting, will be some of the basic bits you need.

There are many many threads here on DVinfo about this with opinions and experiences on how to get up to speed on lighting for interviews. Like everything else, it's a journey that teaches through both education and experimentation/experience.

Here's an article on one theory of lighting to get you started (bookmark the site as it will be handy on the journey):
BlueSky - Lighting examples- Chiaroscuro (http://www.bluesky-web.com/broadcastvideoexamples-Chiaroscuro.html)

Two bits of advice I will give you just starting out are:
1) use a softbox as one of your lights
2) understand color temperature and don't mix lights with different temperatures

How, where and why to place lights, flags, gobos, gels, reflectors etc is the journey.

Dylan Couper
December 24th, 2011, 05:38 PM
Don't get a ringlight, wrong tool for the job.

Instead, get any of the Flolights on this page. Pretty much foolproof production value for what you're trying to do.

Lighting - Studio Lighting - DVeStore (http://www.dvestore.com/categories/Lighting/Studio-Lighting/)

Jason McDonald
December 25th, 2011, 08:31 AM
I should probably mention I'm in Japan. Shipping would cost way too much. Lighting here costs way too much. A lot of stuff on ebay coming from China and Hong Kong is cheap. Like I said, it's to lug around from house to house a few times a month to get my students doing diaries for the camera so they can show all their family and friends they can speak English....but at the same time I get to practice some basic lighting..

Taky Cheung
December 26th, 2011, 10:55 PM
Check out the HDV-Z96 light. It's a great light at an affordable price. I have it for sale but you might get it cheaper through eBay shipped from China.

Jason McDonald
December 28th, 2011, 03:02 AM
Sent you a PM Taky Cheung

Taky Cheung
December 28th, 2011, 03:04 AM
Jason, I replied to your email earlier this evening. Did you receive it?

Jason McDonald
December 28th, 2011, 07:51 AM
yup,,,thanks!!

Dylan Couper
December 30th, 2011, 12:59 PM
Check out the HDV-Z96 light. It's a great light at an affordable price. I have it for sale but you might get it cheaper through eBay shipped from China.

Jason, these are great lights if you are on a budget.