November 17, 2015 at 4:36AM

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Buying your first light kit

I'm a fairly young cinematographer in the field, and I've gotten to the point where I want my own light kit so I'm not always renting.

What light kits were your first as fellow DPs for freelancing and video work, and what would you recommend now?

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A lot depends on what you want to shoot and where.

I shoot mainly daylight videos, so I switched over from Lowell Tungsten lights (that I still use from time to time) to shooting with 1x1 LED daylight lights. The key thing with LED lights is to look for lights with a high CRI rating. ( Color Rendering Index ) You want to ONLY buy lights with a CRI rating of 90 or higher.

Aputure make a range of very affordable LED lights with a CRI rating of 93 or higher...

Aputure Amaran H160 LED Light : $50+
http://www.aputure.com/LED-videolighting/Amaran-h160

Aputure Amaran HR672 LED Light : $270+
http://www.aputure.com/LED-videolighting/Amaran-HR672

Aputure Light Storm LED Light : $600+
http://www.aputure.com/Light-Storm-LS1

November 17, 2015 at 1:28PM, Edited November 17, 1:30PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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