Lighting for Video

I enjoy shooting video on my DSLR, but often feel the need for extra lighting. Is there an effective fill light option for video, the way one would use a flashgun for stills?

If you are a Canon or Sony user, these companies manufacture flashguns that have an inbuilt video light as well. Third party manufacturers provide LED light options too that can be mounted onto a camera’s hot shoe.

If you are on a budget and feel ingenious, try this out. There are several mounts available that let you attach a smartphone onto a hot shoe. The dedicated ones cost around USD 30 (approx. Rs. 1800) or you can also use a GPS mount in combination with a cold shoe adapter (together, they may cost around Rs. 800). Now, switch on the video light of your phone and use the same light to illuminate your DSLR video too!

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