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Is there a VERY low-cost way for video lighting?

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I need to shoot a very simple video of myself playing guitar.  I'm using a Sony Bloggie.   I can't justify spending a lot of money for lighting at this point, and am wondering if there's a low-cost alternative (e.g. a goose neck lamp with a cfl bulb).
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Low Cost work lights

Bounce these off of a wall or low ceilings. It works for low-budget photogs, I don't see why it couldn't work for you.
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We used something similar for shooting photos for the web.   I was going to suggest the same thing.  And... they come in handy if you need to work on your car or have outdoor parties :)

Just make sure you take the cages off them before using or you might get some shadow lines.

-SA
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THANK YOU!
Now, let me try to zoom in on what I'm actually trying to do:
I'll have a close-up of my fingers playing the guitar.... The camera will only be about 12-18 away.   So would I just take that lamp and point it, say, at the ceiling and thereby brightening the room?
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The ceiling, but if you are trying to get that close you might want to look at making a softbox similar to this : http://www.flickr.com/photos/naked_dave1/2196953800/

You could probably do without, but that close lighting gets a little more  difficult to not pick up the shadows from everything else (Camera lens, head etc).
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Or, you could face the light towards the wall infront of you, pointing from the outside in your direction towards the wall where it bounces off and then back towards you at an angle, then offset the camera so its not in the way of light and take your shot.

I am attaching a very crude illustration to show you what I mean.

Of course, play with it, it your room the ceiling may work even better, but this another possible solution.

Camera Light Bounce
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These are FANTASTIC ideas. Thank you.  I'll give multiple points... I'll also post the video.
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It occured to me tht I have one wall with mirrors and another with windows.  Can I use the same principle and just bounce the light off the ceiling?   Or would that produce a different affect?
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Should work, the main points are going to be:

Scatter the light (No direct light)
Get as much light as possible
Keep objects out from between the light source and the guitar (Hands / Camera) other wise you might get shadows.

In the end, just experiment a little.
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