4 DIY Lighting Setups for Your Home Studio

4 DIY Lighting Setups for Your Home Studio


Jay: We’re gonna take an overhead kitchen
light and turn into a key light. Three DIY lighting setups for your home studio. Time for another great giveaway. And we’ve got four of these Platypods we’re
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to win it. Now, get on the lesson. [00:00:38]
[music] [00:00:53] Hi, this is Jay P. Morgan. I’ve got Cathy Nelson here with me. She’s got a great YouTube channel called… Cathy: “Awnie’s House,” where I make children’s
stories come alive for your kids. Jay: The problem she has is, is lighting. Getting the right light to be able to see
her in her home studio here. So I went out to the home improvement store
and I found some great LED solutions that’ll help light your home studios. I’ve done this before with tungsten lights
but today I want to do this with LED lights. What’s out there? What’s cheap? What’s inexpensive? What’s a great DIY solution to be able to
light your home studio, your setup when you’re working out of your house? The reason I’ve gone to LEDs is because, well,
all the reasons they’re pretty obvious. One, they are low wattage. They’re not very expensive right now. If you go to a home improvement center, you
can buy some really inexpensive LEDs out there. And, they have really pretty good color compared
to where they were a while back. So what’s the challenge to you when you’re
doing this? You’re trying to YouTube channel, you’ve never
lit anything before. You’ve never done any of this before. Cathy: I’ve never done anything before. Jay: So what are the big challenges for you? Cathy: Just to make sure there’s enough light
on my face. To make sure there’s not glare on my glasses. To make sure there’s not glare on the pages,
and just to, you know, make sure my face is lit all the way around so I don’t look like,
you know, a Halloween spooky character or something. Jay: So, if you give a mouse an LED, he’s
gonna want an extension cord. Give him an extension cord, he’s gonna wanna
plug it in. Then he plugs it in, he’s gonna want a stand
to put his light on. Put your light on a stand, he’s gonna want
you to have a gaffer to be able to run the light. Pretty soon you’ve got an entire production
on your hands. So never give a mouse an LED. So let’s get started and see if the little
mouse can help us set up three interesting DIY lighting setups. All right, so for our first set up, and I
have three different kind of combinations of LEDs. They’re not all completely separate but I’m
gonna work on the key light first. I want a soft source. The biggest problem when you go to the hardware
store and you grab a light off the rack is you’re gonna get something that’s gonna be
pretty hard. Well, I was looking for a soft source. So my first thing I got was basically, this
is an overhead kitchen light. This is a plastic globe. It’s got LEDs that work around all the way
around it. It’s 4,000 degrees. I’ve got a piece of PVC. This is 3/4 inch PVC. And the 3/4 inch PVC will go over the top
of my light stand. And now it becomes an easy way for me to hang
this up as a key light. So I’m gonna simply drill a couple holes in
this pipe and attach it with a couple bolts so that I will have a stable key light. I’m using a 1/4″-20 bolt which I always have
a million of around here because we do everything in 1/4″-20 around here. And so I’m just gonna draw a couple of holes
on my pipe. I’m now going to drill my pipe out all the
way through. So I’m gonna slide that bolt through and just
put it onto my pipe right there. Now I’m just gonna run a nut onto the back
of it. So I’m not gonna impede the way the light
works or anything that’s going on. But now, I can put that right onto here. And then we wire it into an extension cord. Now, I know this is not OSHA-approved. If we are doing this long term, we can get
this onto it and have a ground with it as well. But we’re not doing the long term, we’re doing
it quickly here. So we’ve got our kitchen light, which is our
key light, very soft light. It’s gonna wrap around Cathy here. I’m gonna pan it just a little bit towards
the camera so it doesn’t light the back wall too much. But I want something to separate her from
the back wall. We’ve got the lamp in the background, which
gives me a great excuse to have a rim light on the camera right side because it looks
like it’ll be coming from that lamp. So I’ve got this little guy here, the 1000-lumen
LED. It’s just this Utilitech or whatever it is
there. I don’t how you say it, oh, Utilitech. Utilitech, of course, it is. I’m gonna plug it in back here. I don’t have a stand for it but I’ve got a
little corner of the bookcase here. So I’m just gonna put it on here. Now, we see that little rim light on the side
of her head. That looks really nice. Yeah, that looks fabulous. So now, I’m gonna add a reflector just to
open up the light in her face. Now, I brought my reflector off the truck. I meant to grab a piece of beadboard at the
Home Improvement Center. And you can buy a beadboard just in the insulation
section. You pull the aluminum foil off from it and
it’s a great soft styrofoam kind of bounce. It’s a beautiful look. If you want to check out how to make one of
those, we’ve got a great lesson on that on “How to DIY your own reflector.” But anyway, so I’m gonna shove this right
in as close so I can get it, and just out of my frame. And I’m gonna come up, and that should open
her face up, and should be a nice looking light there. So this whole setup here was under $100. It was about $40 for each of the lights and
we had to kind of do a little DIY action on that globes but a pretty simple setup. If you put a piece of beadboard or foam core
here for your fill light and if you buy two stands on Amazon or B&H, you’re gonna end
up with paying $150 at the most. I’ve also, I’m on a Canon 5Ti, this is Kathy’s
camera. This is what she’s gonna be shooting her stuff
for her YouTube channel on. And that 5Ti goes at 400 or 800 ISO. We want to stay at 400 ISO if we can. So let’s go onto our second set up here. So this is like an ice light or it looks like
it likes light to me, but it’s a 3000 lumens or 3500 lumens. It’s that long bar, it does have a bit of
diffusion on it, but it’s a lot harder on her face. It’s just not near as pretty. But in some situations, this could be really
interesting as a light overhead to give you a really kind of rim light on her would look
great. If you wanna put it in the other room, maybe
to lighten up the other room, there’s a $30 LED you can plug in. Comes with a switch and you can plug it in
and off you go. I took my color meter out, check this light
out, and it’s just over 4,000. Says 4,000, but it’s about 4,150. Actually, when you start mixing it with the
other ambient in the room it gets to about 4,000 on her face, but this light in and of
itself is about 4,150. So interesting solution, interesting kind
of light for under 50 bucks. So also comes with a little loop up here,
the hook’s on your stand. So you don’t have to have a way to attach
it to your stand. So in this setup, it’s kind of in the same
price range. You’re gonna be about $150 with the stands
and the lights by the time you’re done. Of course the last element I didn’t put in
yet, and I’m gonna keep pushing this in till it gets into the frame, in right there. That’s gonna give me a nice… Oh, so much nicer. That actually softens that light out. What that does do is this light, because it’s
hard and I’ve turned it away from her just slightly, I’ve got it aiming…it’s aimed
more up me right now, then it’s picking up the edge of this light and it’s bouncing all
that light back into her face and it really makes it a lot softer on her face, looks a
lot nicer than by itself. That actually looks nice. Now I got what I think is the really an interesting
solution. And we’re gonna see how it works because it
comes with LEDs and stands. So these lights I thought were fabulous because
they are work lights, LED work lights. They’re about $60 each. They come with a stand, which is fabulous. They come with a stand. They got a switch. They don’t dim. They’re about 4000 degrees. They’re about 3000 lumens. I checked it with a color meter and it’s just
over 4000 degrees, like 4103. So they’re pretty darn close. The light in the background is gonna be a
little strong on her. If you look at the light on Cathy’s face right
now, if you look at her again, it’s just way too hard. But if I put a piece of diffusion material
on it, and that’s a few dollars. When that diffusion lays flat against that
light, it’s a lot harder than I want to be. If I can push this away from the light and
tape it so you get a little bit of an arc there, that’s gonna fill this entire diffusion
up with the light and make it into a much larger, softer source. I’m now gonna put the same kind of diffusion
on the background, turns this all onto a globe here. It kind of gives us a softer light. And we’ll take a look at that and that should
look really nice. So there we have it, two lights, two stands,
$120. And then you get yourself a little cheap stand
here with a reflector on it to push into kind of open up the shadows, and you’re good to
go. So the amazing thing about this one is that
when I twist this off, it’s 1/4″-20, which means I can take this light and I can twist
it on to the 1/4″-20 on top of my stand. Every manufacturer in the entire world should
make everything in 1/4″-20. Okay, so that that is a very, very focused
light. So they’ve got a single LED. And then we got a magnifier there. A piece of glass, very rounded, it’s gonna
make it very focused, very hard. I’m gonna put a piece of diffusion on it. We turn our little rim light on, got the little
1000 lumen rim light back here, and we slide this guy in. You know it’s not bad, not bad. In the room like this, I think it really looks
good when you have a light that’s maybe cool on her face and a little warmer light in the
background with a lamp. I think that gives the image a depth and looks
good. So I don’t think there’s any reason to shy
away from that, like you got to match everything exactly, you see it all the time. Little cooler light on her face, little light
in the background. The tungsten light gives you a warmth and
a depth. All of these were working with main key light,
a nice rim light, and then a fill light. So we’ve looked at four different options
for setting up LEDs to be able to light your home studio. I think there’s some pretty interesting options
here. It was a little all over the place color wise. So color is always an issue when you’re using
inexpensive LEDs, but I felt like this one was pretty close, looked pretty good and also
the ones on stands looked very good with that piece of diffusion on it. Those look very nice together. So I think we’ve given you some options here
without being… Cathy: Absolutely. Jay: Much better for you. Cathy: Yes. Jay: Once you get past those three things,
I think you’ll do really well. Cathy: Well, you’ve helped me so much tonight. I can’t even tell you. Thank you so much. Jay: Very welcome. Very, very welcome. But I think we’ve got a lighting setup here
that’ll get her going and be able to help her to be able to do this and have really
decent light on her face so that you can see her and enjoy the reading that she does and
it looks fabulous. So… Cathy: I missed his ragged breathing. His nose-whistling. The scrabbling of his uncut claws. How would I ever get to sleep without Gabe’s
familiar scary noises? Jay: These are not perfect solutions. These are DIY solutions which means color
could be a little off and there’s some compromises you’re gonna have to make to be able to make
these work. But they’re very inexpensive solutions, which
on a budget, will get you up and running and give you a decent image so you can really
make your channel, or your office, or whatever you’re working on really work. So, leave some comments. Tell us what you are using when you’re setting
up your lighting, what your challenges are, things we can do, lessons on that will help
you to kind of progress and do better as you’re setting up your home studios. And also, join our Facebook group. Join our different medias so you’ll know the
things that are going on all through The Slanted Lens. So there you have it. Keep those cameras rolling. Cathy: And keep on clicking. Jay: If you love stop-motion, you want to
learn how to do it, get over to that theslantedlens.com, go to our store, we’ve got a great download
there from Trisha Zemp. A beginning download will teach you the basics
of stop-motion, and an advanced download that will help move your work to a professional
level, or can bundle the two together at a greatly reduced cost. So get over to the theslantedlens.com, go
to the store, get your stop-motion download. Subscribe at The Slanted Lens, we got great
things brewing over here. Cathy: And be sure to check out on “Awnie’s
House” and I’ll read you a story.


40 thoughts on “4 DIY Lighting Setups for Your Home Studio

  1. shoot through umbrellas are cheap, so i wonder if it would be possible to shoot into one for an even softer light. and if so, how would go about mounting one with one of the LED options? two stands?

  2. It is so nice to see a professional approach lighting from a novice/beginner standpoint. It is cool to see what solutions you recommend in a pinch or when money is short. We all know that there are many "cheap" solutions available, but it is great to see someone take the most accessible items and show us how to make them work. Thanks JP.

  3. Is the link to the overhead kitchen light correct? You said it was an LED. It links to a fluorescent light that cost $174.

    There's this though, for 37 bucks and it's 5000 K.

    Ustellar 24W LED Ceiling Lights,180W Incandescent Bulbs Equivalent, 2000lm 14in LED Flush Mount Ceiling Lighting, LED Light Fixtures Ceiling, 5000K Daylight White for Living Room, Hallway, Office https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075KN7V8F/ref=cm_sw_r_em_apa_bU1JAbZYVX8YW

  4. The last light you used with the 1/4 20 thread in the base you don’t have where to buy it. Please share a link or store. That is the light I’m interested in

  5. Great video and great ideas!

    Lighting is definitely a place where someone can still just get out a drill and some pvc and bolts and have some fun. Always a nice break from the other part of the photography world that is all mirrorless vs dslr vs ovf vs evf vs ibis vs raw vs jpg vs bla bla bla.

  6. Thanks for the video and tips on DIY lighting. For the record, the story you mention in the video is about a moose, not a mouse — "If you give a moose a muffin he may want some jam to go with it." I read this story to my kids a thousand times so I consider myself an expert. LOL.

  7. What about CRI? For 60 USD I can get a soft box with dimmable led light 45W 5500k CRI 93. It’s not that more expensive…

  8. I can't wait to watch! I got to go workout first. Just wanted to say I'm back and subscribed to The Slanted Lens with the bell! Love you guys ~ Henry

  9. None of the options was really good. Also that mismatched color temperatures was just wrong.
    There is soft box on Amazon that are way better and cost way lower that that proposed "cheap" setup.

  10. Interesting setup for not a lot of money. I concur with you on the compromises when using cheap LED bulbs/lights. I recently used some Phillips 2.7 kelvin 13-watt warm white bulbs on a shoot. After a manual white balance, a shot of a color chart and some work in post, the color looked normal.

  11. $180 for a 4 set 160 led set that is dimmable with stands and a bag! https://tinyurl.com/neewer-160×4-led-set or this one for $230 for Three light setups Led that is dimmable bi-color 3200 – 5600K Led lights! https://tinyurl.com/Neewer-480-Led-Set Love DIY but if you can get it cheaper in a kit do it! Note: I have not tested these so I am not sure how good they are but the reviews look good. The only issue is with glasses having light stands that only go to 6' might cause glare unless you soften the light by an umbrella or bounceing the light.

  12. Blah…. I know that mailing things to here Finland can be expensive, but man! It really sucks when you klik that giveaway link and all you get is a notice that says "sorry not in your region." (and if you do not know Finland is in northern europe and no we do not have polar bears here. Luckily we have brilliant aurora borealis here.)

    If those giveaways are only US then say it.

  13. Thanks again Jay P for all your help! I'm going to post the first video using my new lighting next Tuesday!!!

  14. Seems like a sheet of craft foam board would work as a reflector as well. They aren't too large, but they're also not flexible like the reflector presented.

  15. Get some inexpensive stuff on Amazon. Easy, it works! Also much safer than the splicing you have going there. The cheap LED stuff works much better.

  16. Omg u two are so cute and fun to watch thanks for the tweaked info i can really use it i use a diy wreath led rope light/ring light but it feels like it gets hot super quick it wastes alot of energy at home plus i film in my garage it does get hot quick and i feel like the best time to film is at night because that is when my light real potential comes out i feel like i look more hd at night but i don't really like to film at night as much because its scary for me sometimes im a little kid when it comes to the dark. I would like to know what are good sources of lighting in the day that don't use so much energy and don't heat up fast and is still affordable and not to big to move around. 🐒 👍❤❤

  17. Hello All! If you’re interested in seeing how my lighting turned out after this fabulous tutorial Jay P gave me, here’s a link to my first video using my new lights: https://youtu.be/yLdd74pGiXQ

  18. I dig this kind of stuff because I rarely have the luxury of an actual studio setup, and I love LED lights. I found a better version of that first shop light, at Sam's Club for those interested, branded PowerGlow. It's really bright, rated at 3500 lumens, and has both variable power and even adjustable color temp, which is pretty darn nice. And it was only $30, mini-stand and screw-in adapter included.

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