In this blog post you will learn about the compact and light weight audio and lighting gear I use to create my YouTube videos while traveling. Personally, I only roll with my cell phone when on the road, no DSLR for me... Too much bulk,…
This is the follow up to my home podcast studio video where I show you how to get professional sounding audio recording at home.
If you are curious about the audio components I use in my home studio, they are listed here: https://www.milesbeckler.com/audio-studio
This post will cover the items required to sort out your homes studio lighting.
The links in this post are affiliate links, so if you click through and purchase these items or anything on Amazon within 24 hours, I do receive a commission. With that said, I own and use everything on this list.
First off, I use these specific sound blankets, the same ones from the audio studio to create a 'tent' around my set. Now, this does two things... First, it helps out tremendously with the acoustics in the room.
Second, it blocks out the sunlight (and shadows) from the large window in my office... This gives me a consistent starting point with my lighting so that I don't have to worry about a cloud blocking the sun and changing my lighting, mid-video.
Once the natural lighting in the environment is controlled, it is time to create new, professional level lighting.
Many of the 'fake gurus' recommend 'softboxes' which are large fabric enclosures that go over daylight temperature CFL light bulbs.
Honestly, these suck.
The stands they come on are top heavy, they fall over easily and the CFL bulbs go out all the time. You can even find many examples of these catching fire?!?!
Oh, HELL NO!
So what is the answer? LED lighting!
If you would prefer to get the 'video walkthrough' of my home office turned YouTube studio and see all the YouTube lighting equipment in action, check out this video:
Ok, back to the LED lighting...
Not only are LED lights cooler so you won't start sweating under your studio lights, but they are much more durable too. And I have never found a review of these CATCHING FIRE?!?! lol.
For example... The small travel friendly LED light I featured in the travel friendly video marketing video has been dropped from 6+feet repeatedly and has traveled around the world with minimal attention to it's wellbeing... And it still works, today!
For LED lights, there are two options... Softboxes or wand lights.
LED Soft Boxes - http://amzn.to/2CMwHsd
LED Wand Lights - http://amzn.to/2Fd2I1S
Now the LED Soft Boxes are a more diffused light, they come with their own stands but they are not very powerful. The large surface area of the light source and diffused light helps eliminate shadows but if you want to illuminate yourself and have a well-illuminated background, it may not be enough light.
This video shows what I mean...
The 'trick' to these shots is an intense amount of light on my face so the camera can pick up both at once.
A softbox can't do this.
One other important note here... Melanie has tested both the softboxes and the LED wand lights and she prefers the wand lights. She feels they are more flattering and she prefers the way she looks when lit with the wand lights... So I figured I'd share that tidbit.
The softbox comes complete with a kit of 2 with lights, boxes, stands, and power. They take up more space and honestly are pretty good for at home or in a studio...
The LED wand lights are smaller but don't come with stands (I talk about tripods below), and they don't come with power either, so you have to buy cables or batteries. One super cool part about these wand lights is that they are battery powered, so you can hike them out or take them on location for amazing shots like this:
Power cables for LED Wand Lights - http://amzn.to/2FFrFAL
Batteries for LED Wand Lights - http://amzn.to/2FFSZ1C
One other note here, the power cables and batters above also work with the travel light I've been using and recommending!
Amazon Basics Tripods - http://amzn.to/2CP789Y
Finally, if you are looking for the most budget option or something that is light and nimble so you can travel with it, be sure you check out my travel-friendly gear list here - https://www.milesbeckler.com/travel-video-marketing-gear/
Miles is a full time internet marketer who sells information products and a niche membership program with his wife, Melanie. Together they have created a lifestyle business that allows them true location independence and this blog where you get to see behind the scenes and see how they have built their online business from scratch.