The Best Simple Lighting Options For Photographers And Videographers

Finding good lighting solutions for still photographs and video shoots can be a pain, especially if you need to move fast or if you’re shooting outside. Setting up traditional lights can take up time and cause major complications if you’re not prepared. That’s why many photographers and videographers need a simple solution for lighting that saves time and can be used on-the-go.

Luckily, there are some current lighting options that are extremely easy to use, don’t require much setup, and are incredibly durable. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned professional, here are four of the best simple lighting options available. Oh yeah, and they also happen to be very affordable as well.

Lume Cube Air
Lume Cube

If you need a durable LED light that can easily travel with you, the Lume Cube Air might be your best option. Not only is it perfect for both still photography and video, it’s also extremely light (two ounces), easily rechargeable (it only takes 45 minutes for a complete charge), and it’s waterproof. So if you’re shooting outside and need a light source that you don’t have to worry about too much, but will still provide great quality, say hello to your new favorite light.

Even if you’re not shooting outdoors, the Lume Cube Air is still a great choice. First of all, the mounting options are fantastic. It has a built-in magnet, which allows you to attach the light to metal surfaces. It can also be attached to a tripod, a camera, or even your mobile phone.

It’s also completely wireless and incredible easy to use, with one button control and four primary brightness settings. You can also use the accompanying app on your mobile phone to adjust the levels. It even comes with a warm diffuser and a white diffuser. And if you’re feeling adventurous, the Lume Cube Air can be easily hidden inside of a shot due to its small size.


Like the Lume Cube Air, the LitraTorch LED light works well for both photographers and videographers and it’s also ideal for both indoors and outdoors. However, it works best for adventurous types. So, if you’re heading out into nature, this thing just might be your new best friend. It’s extremely compact, easy-to-use, and very durable, which makes it perfect for capturing outdoor activities, sports, and travel.

This thing is also extremely versatile. It can be used for intense outdoor adventures, as well as for traditional indoor lighting setups. You can even use it for your everyday lighting needs, not just for photography and videography. For instance, try using it as a headlight for your bike, or even as a straight up flashlight.

It’s waterproof, drop proof, and easily mountable. It comes with a white diffuser, a belt clip, a GoPro ¼ 20 Finger Mount, a charging cable, two different magnetic mounts, and a cold shoe mount.

If you decide to buy the LitraTorch, be sure to use this promo code for 20 percent off: BOOST20-TSJS78.

Neewer R-160

The Neewer R-160 is yet another easy-to-use LED lighting option. It has a circular ring shape, it’s compact, and it packs a heck of a punch. In fact, at its peak setting, this super powerful light puts out 1,200 lumens of some of the most beautifully soft natural light on the market. Yep, you heard that right.

Like the previous lights on this list, it’s great for either photography or videography. It can attach directly over the top of the lens itself, or it can be used as a traditional light separated from the camera. If you’re going to attach it to the lens, it comes with six adapter rings: 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, and 67mm.

In addition to its ease of use and incredible specs, it also has low heating power, which reduces the risk of overheating. Long story short, you’ll want to consider this very well priced option.

Godox SLB60W

Say hello to the Godox SLB60W LED Light. It’s primarily aimed at videographers but it can be used by photographers as well. It offers a little more control than the other options on this list. There are more settings to play with (which are automatically saved), such as temperature control to protect from overheating and the ability to make more precise adjustments in terms of brightness. It also has a built-in fan to cool itself down and even comes with a remote control.

This higher end option is just like the others – it’s small, light, and portable. It can also be used inside or outside. The only difference is that this thing has a few more bells and whistles, such as a small screen on the side that lets you know your current battery power, temperature, and levels.

This version of the Godox comes with white light, but there is also a yellow light version of the product as well.

So, whether you’re in the market for your first light, or you’re in need of something portable and easy-to-use to supplement your current gear, any one of these products can offer you a simple solution to your lighting needs.


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