Are you looking to set up a professional lighting setup for your videos or photos but don’t want to break the bank? Look no further! In this blog, we will discuss how to create a cheap lighting setup on a budget with some simple DIY techniques. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive lighting equipment to achieve professional-looking results. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can easily create your own budget-friendly lighting setup that will enhance the quality of your content. We’ll explore different ways to use everyday items to achieve the perfect lighting for your projects without spending a fortune.




What’s up everybody. Peter McKinnon here and today talking about this horrible lighting situation and how to make it look like this for less than 50 bucks. Welcome back to another tutorial. So glad to have you guys here and I know what you’re thinking. What!? I can get these lighting results for less than $50. Yes. Yes you can and it’s honestly, like I’ll be honest. I will be 100 percent honest. So easy to do.

The Importance of Lighting

Lighting is something that scares a lot of people and they either think to themselves like “I just don’t care to light something” and just no interest and that’s fine. There’s also the people who are like “I don’t have the money or the budget “or kind of like the interest in learning “about which lights to buy “and then spending the money on those lights.” I totally get that too. Then there’s the people who are like “I would love to light something well “but I know Pete that you always say “natural light is the best. “Find that natural light. “But I live in a basement apartment.” Or “My apartment faces a brick wall in New York “and I get no sunlight in there.” Or “I’m shooting in a building today “that has no windows.” So sometimes, you gotta rig up a lighting system and this is kind of what I’ve rigged up today, Which is a typical kind of home-office setup.

Setting up the DIY Lighting

It’s a little bit edgy. I’ve got that fall-off on my left side of my face here to add that dramatic kind of cinematic feel. If I wanted to fill that in a little bit I could add a little bit of extra light there But I kinda like that edgy, mysterious, cinematic look a little bit more. I think it pops.

Items Needed

  • Clamps
  • Foam core
  • LED light
  • Gels
  • Gaff tape or masking tape
  • Light stand

Setting up the Lighting

The first thing we gotta do Is turn off the lights in here completely so it’s dark. And then, we’re gonna turn on our LED light panel. Okay, so we’ve got some back light from our monitor but you can’t depend on that. So we need to turn on the LED. That’s not gonna work whatsoever. Way too bright. Looks absolutely disgusting. So we need to bounce this off the pieces of foam core that we bought and we gotta adjust our camera settings a little bit. We’re gonna bring down that aperture, bring down that ISO and bring down that shutter because, whoo, this is not workin’. Okay, we’ve adjusted our camera settings a little bit. They’re good. That’s where I like them. Now we gotta fix this lighting setup because, that’s why. Now that we’ve moved that and faced the light the other way, it’s not as bright and hideous. But we need that light to bounce off that form core and light up our face. So let’s bring over that foam core. Look at that. We’re almost there. LED panel bouncing off the form core reflecting in my face. We need a little bit of a background light. There we go, adds a little more life to the scene. If you don’t have a background light, you can use candles, you can use a lamp And put it on the floor so that it reflects the light upwards.


Lots of different things you can do. But if you have pot lights or if you have…


Q: What are some affordable options for DIY lighting?

A: Some affordable options for DIY lighting include using LED bulbs, paper lanterns, or even reflective materials like aluminum foil to bounce light.

Q: Can I create a professional-looking setup with cheap materials?

A: Yes, with some creativity and DIY skills, you can definitely create a professional-looking lighting setup using inexpensive materials.

Q: How can I improve the lighting in my videos or photos without spending a lot of money?

A: You can improve your lighting by using natural light from windows, making use of household lamps, or investing in affordable LED light panels.

Q: Are there any safety considerations to keep in mind when creating a DIY lighting setup?

A: Yes, always be mindful of fire hazards and ensure that any DIY lighting setup is secure and stable to avoid accidents.

Q: What are some DIY tips for creating a budget-friendly lighting setup?

A: Some tips include using white bedsheets as diffusers, experimenting with different angles and sources of light, and repurposing household items for lighting effects.

I hope you find useful my article CHEAP LIGHTING SETUP on a Budget! – DIY, I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

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