Best Video Lighting for YouTube (on all Budgets!)

– In this video, we’re gonna cover the best lighting options for YouTube on all budgets, starting as low as $28, right up to $480. We’re also gonna cover the difference between softboxes and LED lights, so that you can pick which
one is right for you. Hey, it’s Justin Brown,
here, from Primal Video, where we release a ton
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everything that we mentioned in this video, and all our videos, can be found in the description box below. Let’s jump into it. Now, there’s a ton of options out there, when it comes to lighting for your videos. And there’s associated costs
and benefits with each. Let’s start out with budget, and move our way through, so that you can see the differences as we move along, and also potentially see
what you’re missing out on. Make sure you stick around to the end, ’cause I’ll show you which lights I’m currently using, and how I use them. Okay, so on the budget end of the scale, we’ve got portable LED lights, or small LED lights, and we’ve also got some softbox lights, as well. So the portable, or the small LED lights, are great because they’re portable. So you can travel easily with them, and they’re fantastic for lighting up your cell phone camera, so you can mount them on top of your camera,
or near your camera. Or you can use them to easily light up the background of your scene, as well. Two budget portable LED
lights that I’d recommend you check out for your YouTube videos, or for your YouTube studio setup, would be the Tolifo PT 176S,
and the Yongnuo YN300 Air. So, the Tolifo PT 176S currently sells on Amazon for around the $28 price point. It’s dim-able, and it is crazy bright. You can either power it
with Sony NPF batteries, or you can plug it into DC power, as well. The Yongnuo YN300 Air currently sells on Amazon for around $40 to $45. It’s, again, a dim-able LED light panel. It takes the same Sony NPF batteries, and you can also power
it off DC power, as well. This one is a much bigger light, it’s not as bright, but
it’s got a diffuser on it, so it throws a nice, soft
light, which is perfect for lighting up someone on camera. Softbox lights also fall
into this budget category, and there’s a heap of
different brands out there, and there’s a few
different styles, as well. You can pick up a softbox
light with anywhere between one and five light globes in it. What I recommend is
going for the five-globe softbox lights, so that your
lights are then dim-able. So you can just turn on or
off the lights that you want, and make the lights brighter or darker. Now, a five-globe softbox
light currently sells on Amazon for around $70, these lights come complete with the stands,
with the softbox itself, and with five globes. You can also normally buy softbox lights in kits of two, three, and four lights. Which works out quite a bit cheaper. Softbox lights are great,
because of the price, and because they throw a nice soft light. So you can use them to
either light up yourself on camera, or you could use them to light up your background scene. Now, there are a couple of
downsides with softbox lights. The first being the
size, they’re pretty big. They take up quite a bit of room, so if you don’t have a big area that you’re gonna be filming in, then softbox lights may not
be the best option for you. Or, if you’re gonna be
traveling around a lot. You might want to move the lights around, but they’re not easy to set
up and pack up all the time, and to travel with, especially
because of the globes. They would break really easy. So softbox lights are great
if you’ve got the room, and if you’re gonna leave them set up. Now, moving out from
there, we start to get into studio lighting, now, these can range from anywhere up to $1000 or
$2000, per light, so totally different to the budget
ones we’ve just looked at. Now, even for professional
and corporate work, we don’t always use lights at that level. Now, what I’d recommend
for great studio LED lights is the StudioPro S-600BN lights. Essentially, these are
just like softbox lights, and you’d set them up and
use them almost the same. Except for the fact that
the LED lights are much, much, brighter, these
ones are also bicolor, so you can adjust the color temperature, to either throw a warmer
light or a cooler light. And they’re much easier to set up, and pack up, and travel with. You can currently pick up a
single StudioPro LED light for around the $270 mark, or, you can pick up a kit of two, which is
usually how you’d buy them, and it comes complete with a travel kit, or travel bag, as well, for $480. So, if you’re after some
really decent lights that are easy to set up, and
pack up, and travel with, and give you great control
over the brightness, and your color temperature, then these are a really good option. Now, I also said that I’d share with you my current lighting setup, or the lights that I’m using in my home studio setup. So, the lights that I’m currently using have a Yongnuo YN-300
Air, so the same light from this video, sitting
on top of my Panasonic GH4. On top of my DSLR, and that’s
lighting me up, primarily. I’ve got two standard
LED lights in the roof, so just ceiling lights, that are used to light up the rest of the room. And any other extra lights that I use really depend on how bright
it is outside, or dark. Right now, it’s not that bright outside, but we’ve still got a fair
bit of light coming through, and it’s lighting up this side of my face. I do have a second Yongnuo
YN-300 Air that’s lighting up this side of my face, and through to the background as well. Now, I do have softbox lights that are set up and ready to go, so
sometimes, I’ll pull one of those out and use that to do the same thing, to really light up the
background on this side. And if I’m going to be
filming in this room at night time, so there’s no light coming through that window, then I’ll use the PT-176S, the Tolifo light, the first one from this video, to light up this corner, so that there’s additional light bouncing off the walls,
and back to me from there. So as you can see, it’s
definitely not an expensive lighting setup for these videos. If you found this video helpful, make sure to click that
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