If you are looking for some really great video lights on a budget that I have the video for you. This is a DIY project that I have used myself, though I admit that I made some modifications to fit my own needs making my version slightly more expensive than the advertised $86 price tag. Checkout the original video below, and then read about my modifications.
The modification I made was to spray paint the outside of the white dish pan black, so prevent the while glow that you see in his video. I feel like this also help keep even more of the light reflected forwards rather than through the white pan. The other modification I made was to add two more switches so that I can control the light output by turning on/off each bank of lights individually.
When used with an umbrella the light from these lights is nice and soft. I also like that you can go out and buy different color temp bulbs to match your environment. I think my favorite things about these light though has got to be the fact that I built them myself (I have built three of them), and since I wired them all myself I can fix them myself because I know exactly what is going on inside of the unit. So If you are in the market for some video lights, but don’t want to spend a ton of money I highly suggest you check this out. Here are a few shots of my latest(now several months old) version of this light.
What do you guys think about this DIY project? Are you going to try it out?