Where to Find the Best Cheap Video Lights with Green Screen Bonus

Best Cheap Video Lights with Green Screen

One of our community members recently asked us about the best cheap video lights, and using a green screen.

You need sufficient light for a good green screen, so the questions made a lot of sense.

Best Cheap Video Lights


Have you ever shot video that came out darker than you expected? It’s because you needed some light on the subject. Just like the human eye, if there isn’t any light the camera can’t see.

If the scene looks dark to your eyes, it will look darker on camera…. unless you open up the iris (that’s another recipe). If you’re just starting out, you don’t have to spend a ton. Find cheap video lights by following the steps in the video below.

The Best Cheap Video Lights and Green Screen Tips

This is a great solution if you are looking for cheap, or affordable video production lights.
2-3 Home Depot or Lowes 120V Clamp Lights (bulb not included)
2-3 23 Watt CFL (make sure all lights daylight or indoor light balanced)
2-3 Stands (see video)

Green Screen
Any pure green material: muslin cloth, sheet, wall paint, construction paper

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Getting Started with a Green Screen

Chroma key or green screen is a compositing effect in which the editor removes a color or chroma from the video. The area where the color was, can then be removed, and replaced with another image, or CG.

There is a reason why green and blue is primarily used, though I’ve even heard of a red screen being used.

A green screen is a simple way to create a virtual background or set. You can also appear to be in exotic or important locations from the comfort of your home studio.

It can be tricky though if you don’t do it right (as you’ll see).

Learn more lighting and chroma key techniques below.

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Also see: Good Mics for Video Production.

Please leave a comment below if these tips on the best cheap video lights and green screen tips helps!

About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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  1. I can’t wait to do some crazy-zany green screen stuff. Thanks again, Amani!

  2. Thanks, Amani…great info. Does iMovie or Screenflow 4 have background software for green screen effects? If not, or if I want to expand the effects, can you recommend some cost-effective software that could give me a CNN type studio background, or create the white background you showed in your video?

    Thanks again for sharing your info with us.

    All the best,

  3. Dan,

    There are websites where you can buy virtual news sets. As far as the white background, I created that in Adobe Premiere for this video, but you can also create a an all white background image in Photoshop. I was using the chroma key effect to show the different options, but an easy way is to use a white background like a white sheet, light it, and you’re good to go. That’s the easiest way.

    Thanks for the follow up question. Could be another tutorial. 🙂


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