An additional light source is an important part of shooting any video. It’s not always possible to capture perfect lighting, especially when recording video outdoors. And sometimes you want to diversify the picture and use unusual lighting styles.
In such cases, constant on-camera light comes to the rescue. A good video light works almost like a photo studio light, allowing you to light up the entire scene and even add lighting effects.
Today we will talk about five on-camera LED lamps that you can take with you to filming a video or use in the studio.
Video bloggers know and love ring lamps. They are almost always equipped with a diffuser, so you can immediately cross off a few tasks from the list: provide soft shadows in the video without sharp transitions, give a neat light to the face of the person in the frame and get beautiful reflections in the eyes.
But you also need to set such a light wisely — right in front of the model or presenter, and this is especially important for video tutorials on applying makeup. The ring should be at face level to give proper lighting. You can’t put it too far either — the light will scatter. With on-camera light, this problem is solved automatically.
If you choose a light with adjustable temperature, then make sure that the tone is chosen correctly. Take a few test shots before moving on to the main one.
Among the examples of such lamps is the Godox Ring 48, which is mounted directly on the lens and connected to the camera via a hot shoe.
Depending on the genre of your videos, you should choose your lamps wisely. For example, if you are planning to experiment with genres and styles, and maybe even with colors, then an RGB lamp is ideal for you.
Typically, such illuminators are powered from the mains and operate autonomously, and if there is a mount, they can be used directly on the camera and synchronized with the shutter.
RGB in the name means that the lamp can change colors. Whether you need blue, yellow, purple or red light, she can provide it. Usually such devices have a color wheel or a switch. Some are controlled by smartphone.
The Godox RGB Mini M1 lamp allows you to not only change color, but also choose from 40 presets for different scenes and types of shooting. The device has an interesting function — color music: the lamp changes shades, reacting to the volume and rhythm of the music.
The lamp can be mounted on the hot shoe of the camera. It is lightweight, with 13W diodes and a color temperature of 2500–8500K.
LED lamp with reflectors
Reflectors never harm the process. On the contrary, they can create neat shadows, emphasize skin tone (depending on their shade). Since the reflectors are located on the curtains and open like petals, they can be conveniently directed, changing the light composition.
This light is placed directly on the camera or on the bracket, and its compact size allows you to take it with you on location shooting. It is suitable for both photography and video shooting, because the light is constant, which means it should not respond to the shutter.
One such illuminator is the Yongnuo NT-320. It has 320 diodes with a power of 20 W and a color temperature of 5000 K. There are color filters included.
The lamp is powered by a rechargeable battery, which is not included. But it is designed for outdoor shooting, and therefore there is an SOS mode in case of unforeseen situations. By activating it, you can send a distress signal.
Sometimes on the set it is not possible or necessary to use a large lamp or even an on-camera illuminator. In this case, you can pick up a compact lamp, which is no larger than a standard flash.
Even on a small case there is a place for control buttons and a mode switch. Yes, such devices also have modes, so you can choose the appropriate light for any occasion. The brightness can also be adjusted.
The Raylab illuminator consists of 60 LEDs, which explains the compact size of the device and its weight of 100 g. It also has a color temperature of 2500 to 9000 K, which is more than most standard lamps. Everything you need, including a charging cable, is included, because to use Raylab you only need to charge it and put it on the camera through the shoe.
Compared to the classic external flash, Raylab also looks stylish and modern. So for any vlogger, this is a great choice.
Some lights of this type are not mounted directly on the camera, but can be mounted on a tripod or simply placed on a table. Such lamps can be used for any shooting at home — from a subject video to a vlog.
Godox CL10 is another light from Godox that looks like a full-fledged studio lamp. The light reflects off the metal surface and spreads softly, filling the picture in the frame.
Godox has a choice of 36,000 color options and 15 modes. Among them there are color music, effects of lightning, laser, flash, TV, candles, flames and others.
The lamp can be controlled from a mobile phone using a special application or via the remote control that is included.
The Godox lamp has only 30 10W LEDs, but it produces a bright enough light that looks perfect when shooting streams and other types of video.
Don’t forget that at home or in the studio you can combine different light sources and set it up just like you can with a lighting kit. Despite their small size, each of these lamps gives a powerful and rich light, and a combination of different colors can give additional unusual effects.