Lights for self taping

  • Freya Parker

    Actor

    Hey,

    I'm going to invest in some proper lights for doing self-tapes, can anyone recommend some that they've bought? There are so many online that it's hard to know what to go for. I know it'll be helpful if they're dimmable etc.

    Cheers,

    Freya

    • 1st Feb 2021
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  • Vicki Glover

    Actor

    I'm interested in this too!

    • 24th May 2017
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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    I use 2250W Photo Studio 5 Head Softbox Continuous Lighting Soft Box Light Stand Kit for £54 ebay

    Works great and mobile, hope it helps

    • 24th May 2017
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  • Vicki Glover

    Actor

    Thanks Andrew :) could you advise how you set them up please? I have tended to use natural light in the past so am a bit of a novice.

    • 24th May 2017
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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    Hi Vicki, There are plenty of youtube videos to show you how plus for me it was trail and error until I found the right setup on camera etc

    • 25th May 2017
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  • Vicki Glover

    Actor

    Cool, thanks - will have a look.

    • 25th May 2017
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  • Freya Parker

    Actor

    Thanks for the info Andrew - much appreciated!

    • 26th May 2017
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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    Welcome :)

    • 28th May 2017
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  • Miriam Babooram

    Actor

    Hiya Freya,

    Watch this. It helped me loads and really simple set up!!

    www.purocasting.com/general/how-to-set-up-a-simple-home-self-tape-studio/uk-london-british-casting-director

    Xx

    • 30th May 2017
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  • Simon Lammers

    Actor

    I have a 3 point softbox lighting set. The results are awesome. A downside is that the softboxes taking a lot of space and the assembling are comprehensive. I would think about a LED lighting set.

    • 12th Jun 2017
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  • Simon Lammers

    Actor

    I have a 3 point softbox lighting set. The results are awesome. A downside is that the softboxes taking a lot of space and the assembling is comprehensive. I would think about a LED lighting set.

    • 12th Jun 2017
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  • Simon Lammers

    Actor

    Sound is as much important as light. Maybe a bit more than light.

    • 12th Jun 2017
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  • Ian Jareth Williamson

    Actor

    Simon

    What do you film on? I'm taking its not a phone ?

    Cheers

    Ian W

    • 12th Jun 2017
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  • Simon Lammers

    Actor

    I'm using an iPhone 6 with the front-camera. Not the selfie side cause of the lower quality.

    • 13th Jun 2017
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  • Ian Jareth Williamson

    Actor

    Oh Ok ...I thought you may have been using a mic too as you mentioned sound quality. I was looking into what you said a bit too much I think.

    Have a good day Simon

    Cheers

    Ian

    • 13th Jun 2017
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  • Simon Lammers

    Actor

    I'm using an external mic. I can plug it into my iPhone.

    • 13th Jun 2017
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  • Tracy Bargate

    Actor

    I was told a simple led light for about £15 was all that was needed for self tape.

    • 14th Jun 2017
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  • Simon Lammers

    Actor

    Yes, that could be enough. I think there is no right or wrong but better or worse. I do with what I'm happy and I feel okay. It has to fit the budget as well. At the beginnen I used poor room light with addition of a table light and got the part. Today I have my little 3 point lightning set and the result looks much better. For skype I'm using the lights as well.

    • 15th Jun 2017
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  • Mark Kempner

    Actor

    Best sound quality over light everytime.... but yes - lighting also good if you can invest a bit in the sort of lights mentioned above.

    My issue with the softbox lights is

    a) the bulbs don't last long and are expensive to replace.

    b) they are also a bit of a pain to set up....or can be.

    My preference would be LED lighting and a light stand. Simple to set up and longlasting too. The THE GODEX LED lighting on ebay is great value. A 500w dimmable one would be fine for self tapes. If you can bounce them off a white wall or board...even better.

    • 13th Jul 2017
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  • Simon Lammers

    Actor

    Hi Mark,

    nosy as I'm was I looking for LED lights and stumbled over this:

    www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01D4HQXCO?th=1

    That could be - it's getting more and more expensive haha - something to soften and the light.

    Bests,

    Simon

    • 13th Jul 2017
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