Great Lights for Creating Personal Art and Recording
Here's a range of light recommendations organized by budget for YouTubers and short-form creators.
While I did mention everyone would need two light sources, for this working scenario, you will need three because solid talking heads require as much light as possible for an optimal appearance.
Since your work likely includes a mix of gear reviews, vlogging, and interior shots with more complex lighting scenarios, the following picks are long-lasting and portable for easy coverage.
The Expensive Option
If you've got some wiggle room in your budget, I recommend picking up one of Lume's 18" Pro Ring Lights and two of Aputure's Amaran F21X fabric lights.
In this case, the ring light is for you and will give you smooth, even light across your face. One of my favorite things about this product is that it comes with a sturdy stand; add a sandbag, and you're ready to go.
The bi-color LED mat is incredible, and two are even better than one! They'll provide even, bright light for you to use with sunlight or in a dark room. These will do the trick to brighten an entirely dark room. Mix these with your ring light, and you can film cooking classes, interviews, and whatever is required. They're also super easy to pack, lightweight, and don't draw much power.
The Mid-Level Option
If the Amaran F21X fabric lights are too expensive, choose this option for your secondary lights. Stick with the single Lume 18" Pro Ring Light and grab two of Aputure's Amaran 200d LEDs.
The Amaran's fill lights are cost-effective daylight LEDs, meaning they look like daylight and are great for mixing with open windows. Bes part? They don't become overly hot, which is excellent, as you want to avoid ending up in a sweaty mess due to a heated room.
I've used all these countless times, and with a softbox, you can light pretty much any scene with this three-light setup.
If you need more budget-friendly alternatives, the LumeCube Cordless Mini Ring Light and the Apurture Al MX are great options to get the job done right.