December 10, 2014 at 6:23PM
Need help deciding between light set ups
I'm looking to finally purchase some lights of my own. My budget, however, is very small. I'm looking to spend less than $175. I will be using these lights for shooting small scale short narrative films, indoors and out and both during the day and night. I've looked at a number of LED panels and have narrowed it down to the Yongnuo YN-300 (watt light at $68) and the Yongnuo YN-160S (160 watt light at $42).
My question, then, is this: Would 3 160s do a good enough job? Would I end up having to put the lights right up on my actors and limit my frame? Or, alternatively, would 2 300s with the addition of a bounce card be more effective? I would like to have the most control over what's in frame as possible, so lighting is very important. Should I bite the bullet and spend a little extra? I'm looking for these lights to last me a year or so before I can upgrade.
If anyone has any alternate ideas I would be open to them as well.