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Lighting solution.. Rookie need help.

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Lighting solution.. Rookie need help.

I have 2 young kids and I would like to take more pictures and video(so I need continuous light).

I have a Sony SLT A58 for pictures and a Canon Cam..

This is only for HOME use....

What would you suggest? Which will give better light coverage?
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SleepyEyez wrote: I have 2 young kids and I would like to take more pictures and video(so I need continuous light).

I have a Sony SLT A58 for pictures and a Canon Cam..

This is only for HOME use....

What would you suggest? Which will give better light coverage?
What are you shooting? Need more context.

Are you trying to do Youtube videos? Interviews? Product demonstration?

How much or how little space you have to work with? How much existing lighting will there be?
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of those two.. I'd choose the geekoto. Softboxes will help defuse the light.. but those are massive if you're in a small room. You might only need one.
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bhrm wrote: What are you shooting? Need more context.

Are you trying to do Youtube videos? Interviews? Product demonstration?

How much or how little space you have to work with? How much existing lighting will there be?
I have very little space... I'm making home videos... Nothing to expose my kids on the internet. I have no continuous lightly other than a few lamps in the living room.
faken wrote: of those two.. I'd choose the geekoto. Softboxes will help defuse the light.. but those are massive if you're in a small room. You might only need one.
I so need something for small space...do you have a y cheap recommendation?
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I'd honestly get the same thing.. as long as you can dial down the output it should be fine. All you're using this for is fill light anyways.
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Just home videos?

look into a ring light then, it's on camera or could be mounted.

https://www.amazon.ca/Macro-Ringlight-F ... 3322613011

That would be a 'cheap' solution. All of our 'kids home videos' are 95% from our smartphones, sometimes with my Olympus PEN-F. Smartphones do well with autofocus and decent with low light or indoor light.

The Sony A58 is a tad dated unless you have some good lenses for video. A-series system kinda died off after they found huge success with mirrorless.

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