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Compile a Cheap Lighting Kit

Put together a bare-bones, super-cheap lighting package for digital video.

As most of us know, lighting is key to capturing a good-looking image. While preparing to shoot an independent film on location in Thailand and Cambodia, I realized that most of our gear had to be carried on our backs as we moved from location to location. I knew I was going to be lighting mostly with standard lights and using any available light source when possible, so I needed a portable and highly functional kit.

Gathering the Kit

Thailand and Cambodia both use 220-volt current, so I decided to buy most of my lighting elements in Bangkok. Before I left Los Angeles, however, I purchased the following items at a great place called The Expendables Recycler:


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