If you’re a cam model, you have to be prepared to host a good show to get some nice tips. But to actually turn a solid profit, you need to invest in good lighting.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes, natural lighting is your best friend! But many clients love venturing into camming sites at night, which leaves you in a bit of a pickle. To become a real camming sensation, you have to be visible.
Check out these five lighting options that will undoubtedly help you shine.
This simple ring light is a great option for beginners who don’t have money for a full-blown lighting system. It’s a solid choice for cam models with a small budget because it’s a versatile piece of equipment that you can use for a lot of applications.
It offers three light color settings and ten levels of brightness, allowing you to set the mood for your cam shows.
Also, it doesn’t take up too much space in the bedroom, which you’ll appreciate when you’ll have to move around during your shows.
One of the main advantages of this light is that it’s USB-powered. All you really have to do is plug it into your laptop and you’re all set.
But for cam models who are always on the go, it’s a great travel light too. It can work with your phone as well. You can even plug it into a battery bank when in a pinch.
As far as the design goes, you’ll love the fact that you can adjust it to cast just enough light on your face. It has a flexible 24-inch neck and a bracket clip that allows 360-degree rotation.
It may not seem like much given its size, but even a simple but high-quality ring light will get you some truly positive feedback from your viewers.
One of the best parts is that it’s easy to set up and quite inconspicuous. It won’t get in the way during a show, and you can always adjust it without much hassle.
- Flexible arm allows for multiple adjustments
- Ten levels of brightness and three hue options
- Comes with a phone holder
- Super easy to use, only a few buttons
- Clips onto a surface
- The phone holder could be sturdier; it cannot handle bulkier phones
- Gets quite hot after a while, so it’s best not to overuse it
If a clip-on light isn’t enough for you, get MACTREM’s LED ring light.
It offers eleven levels of brightness and three different hues and comes with a neat tripod as well.
If you’re camming at night, having a light source in front of you is often enough if you don’t have a full setup, just as long as it’s not too bright.
That’s why we love the tripod that comes with this ring light. It lets you position the light right behind or next to the cam so that it shines on you directly.
Another thing we love about this light is that it’s quality-made. The LED bulbs will make your live streams a lot clearer. And they ought to add a twinkle in your eye, which your viewers will surely appreciate.
You can power it on a PC, laptop, or battery bank through USB. It doesn’t really matter what you’re using it with because it works with most devices.
You may even be able to avoid investing in a brand new webcam since this light filters out the imperfections a bit.
The only issue we have with this model is that the tripod can only work on a table — it’s not extendable. You may want to buy three of this to use as a three-point lighting setup. But unless you place tables all around you, it just won’t work.
- Eleven brightness options and three light hues
- Comes with a phone tripod
- Lightweight construction
- Easy to control
- The tripod cannot be extended (but the phone tripod can)
When you’re camming for an eager audience, you need to have your whole body well-lit to remove shadows that may disrupt the experience.
We recommend investing in softboxes for that. Specifically, we recommend the ESDDI lighting kit.
One of the stand-out features of this kit is that the softboxes are quite easy to adjust. With 210-degree rotation, you can try out a good range of angles to figure out which position suits your videos the best.
At the same time, we like that these offer continuous uniform light but have a low operating temperature. You can use them for hours on end without having to take breaks for them to cool off.
The whole kit is quite portable, with easy-to-disassemble lights and a nylon bag where you can store it all.
Also, the stands are lightweight. You can move them around with ease.
But we’d be more impressed if they were taller. This kit works best when you’re sitting or lying down. You have to keep the lights close if you’re standing during the show.
- Quite affordable for a two-light kit
- Offers continuous bright light without getting too hot
- Easy to assemble and move around
- 210-degree light head rotation
- Great for creating a three-point lighting setup
- The lights are lightweight and easy to knock over
- The stands may not be tall enough for some users or performances
For some content creators, getting an expensive lighting kit may be a problem.
For cammers, we suggest starting with something simple but upgrading as soon as you can.
Sometimes, you may not be getting enough attention because of your lighting issues. And since most people want to admire you on camera, you will have to invest in good lighting at some point.
When you feel you’ve reached that point, we recommend the Dazzne kit. This is a two-panel light setup that could very well be all you need to film the day away.
With extremely bright LED lights, these panels should truly let you shine and engulf the whole filming room with just enough brightness.
You can easily adjust the temperature (up to 5,800 K) and the brightness (1–100%) to get the right intensity. There’s also a remote control to make it all the more convenient, and the lights will even remember your selection.
They also come with durable stands that can be locked at the right height, which goes to a whopping 200 cm.
Our favorite part about this kit is that you can use it both outside and inside. If you’re streaming in the great outdoors, you’ll be happy to know that this kit works with batteries as well (though they’re not included in the package).
- Incredible temperature and brightness adjustments
- Professional results
- Great for both photography and videography
- Robust, extendable stands
- Not as affordable as some other options
- A bit too complicated to travel with—no carrying case
The final light we recommend is one that’s super bright yet easy to adjust to your liking. This Neewer power panel comes with 160 LEDs and two filters.
We love that this panel is lightweight. It doesn’t put too much pressure on the tripod so that the whole setup is stable.
It’s best to mount it on the camera directly if it has a hot shoe mount, which most digital cameras do. If you’re using a webcam, a regular tripod with a hot shoe mount will do as well.
Since this light can get quite bright, which may actually ruin some shows, it comes with a dimmer switch. You can quickly adjust the intensity if it seems too bright.
Also, it has a pivoting head, allowing for a nice change of angle if the position of the light is not doing anything for you.
My only complaint is that it doesn’t come with batteries. Also, when you’re not using it, it’s essential to remove the batteries, as it basically eats up all the power even when it’s off.
- Superbly bright but can be adjusted
- Easy to mount on a camera
- Lightweight and portable
- Comes with two filters
- Pivoting head
- Drains the batteries even when it’s off
Camming isn’t as easy as some may think. Those watching you expect you to sound good and look good, no matter what time of day it is.
A proper lighting kit or even just a couple of solid light fixtures can easily bring the quality of your shows to a whole new level and bump your career further along.