Recently a quick music video was shot in our studio and I wanted to give you guys some ideas for creating your own inexpensive sets. Here I show you how a simple and cheap DJ Pinspot LED Light and some cheap outdoor flood lights to add interest to the scene. The flood lights are using basic light sockets and are just tie strapped to the truss. One nice option is that these flood lights come in a variety of colors if you wanted to add a splash of color to your scene.
We plugged all four lights into a surge protector, and connected the surge protector to a Router Speed Controller which gave us the ability dim the lights. This is a great tip, because most Tungsten or Halogen light kits you purchase may not come with a dimmer and you have to purchase this separately.
Here is a snapshot of the set shown in the video above. This is the set completely naked.
To mount our lighting for the set, we used simple tie straps to mount the light sockets onto an inexpensive DJ Truss system. These Truss systems are very lightweight, yet sturdy frames for mounting our background and rim lights. The kit can be broken down and transported in bags if you need to setup in a remote location.
There are also four can lights (located above the flood lights and in front of me) with colored gels to create the lighting for this set. The router speed controller is a cheaper way to dim video lights, than if you were to purchase a dedicated video light dimmer. You can also find ways to DIY one for yourself, but if you’re not familiar with electrical wiring, the Router Speed controller is found for around $20 dollars.
Another lighting trick I show is the single DJ pinspot LED spotlight. This $35 light produces a very tight spotlight effect in a dark studio. We were having a hard time getting a solid spot light using other LED video lights, and this simple spotlight really added the impact as a creative light source. It’s not a very powerful light, but our 5D Mark II and Mark III cameras are able to handle this with a higher ISO setting. This particular Pinspot LED came with color gels and an extra lens included in the box to change the beam angle. If you guys have other cheap and creative lighting tips, please share in the comments.cheap spotlight, creative lighting, dimmer, DIY lighting, impact lighting, LED pinspot light, light dimmer, lighting, music video lighting, music video tips, router speed control, spotlight