April 29, 2015 at 10:14AM


Portable lighting kit?

I'm almost done building up my kit, I just have one more question.

I'm going to be traveling around making documentaries this summer and I'm looking for suggestions on a lighting kit that is somewhat low watt, light weight, and effective. Mainly need it to light interviews. Honestly they don't need to be super high quality. I'm more concerned with low wattage and portability, and not getting fluorescent light flicker on my GH4.

Thanks! You guys have been super helpful.


Check out Dedolights.
They have lightweight high output (interview) kits that fit in 1 travelcase AND they can take quite a beating and some water, so they will survive traveling in airplanes as well.
But you'll pay for the very high quality...

April 29, 2015 at 11:43AM

Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer

Thanks! I'll check it out. I am on a bit of a budget, so I might just get some of those camera mountable led panels and some stands.

Anthony Lopez

April 29, 2015 at 12:05PM, Edited April 29, 12:05PM

For an affordable portable lighting system I would take a look at the Aputure HR672S LED lights that have very good color and are quite compact.

Erik Naso Blog : Aputure HR672S LED Video Lights First Look

April 29, 2015 at 2:24PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

The more compact and comfortable they are to travel with...the higher the price.

I think this package isn't too bad... but it's definitely not the cheapest. They work well for small lighting setups and interviews.



April 29, 2015 at 3:42PM

Devin Edwards
Director / Producer

I have a pair of Aputure Amaran 528C's. They are weaker(498 LUX at 4 ft) because the LED panel is half daylight and half tungsten. However, they are about the size of an iPad and although one unit requires 2 sony npf style batteries in order to work, a huge plus is that if the light is plugged into a wall outlet, it will charge the batteries while working off of power provided by the outlet.

They also offer 528W(wide)(985 LUX @ 4 ft) and 528S(spot)(2220 LUX @ 4ft) and those come with a tungsten filter you can add on.

Here's a page on Aputure's website with a few reviews:

April 29, 2015 at 11:11PM


If budget is really tight, I've had luck with the Yongnuo 300 LED panels. Original version is daylight balanced with all the LEDs firing, while the second version has alternating rows of daylight and tungsten, so you can dial in, but I'm guessing you get less light overall (unless you're at ~4200K). With a stand and an adapter (light stand stud to hot shoe), they're about a hundred bucks and are pretty portable.

Definitely not the highest quality, but it works alright for my interviews.
*my biggest complaint is that the power switch is a push button, so it's way too easy to accidentally turn them on in a bag

April 30, 2015 at 10:25AM


I like these super sturdy yet lightweight, grab now from costco! Heres a link to the product unboxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiV9SyqPPME

April 30, 2015 at 9:08PM

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