How to Make a Battery Powered Video Camera Light
A video camera light makes it possible to film in high quality. Light is very important because it makes it possible to capture all of the detail in your scene. Without light, you simply won't be able to record anything. The problem with many lighting systems is that they are difficult to carry around with you. There are some portable systems, but these are quite often very expensive and might not offer you all the features you require.
Fortunately, it's possible to make your very own light for video filming. You can make your video camera light so that it's powered by batteries. It's possible to use either incandescent or LED lights depending on what you can find and want to use.
Step 1: Design
The very first thing that you should do is design your battery powered light. You will need to work out exactly how many bulbs or lights you will need. You might also want to use a diffuser to make the light appear much more even.
Step 2: Sourcing Components
Once you have your design done on paper, you will then need to find all of the components which will be put together to make your high quality and reliable light. You will need to buy LED lights or an incandescent light bulb. LED lights are a special type of light bulb which should last much longer. These are very small, and so you will need to use a number of them wired together.
The other components that you need to buy include a battery holder, wires, a case or some kind and also some batteries. Choosing the battery holder will be the most difficult step. You will need to work out how many batteries you will need to provide the right amount of power.
If you are using incandescent bulbs, you will also need a bulb holder to secure your bulb in place. Make sure that the bulb holder is the correct type to secure your bulb in place.
Step 3: Assembly
Once you have sourced all of the things you need, you should then start assembling the components. If you are using LEDs, then you will need to solder directly onto the legs to secure them in place. An easy way to do this is to use a piece of circuit board. Blank strip board can be purchased from almost any electrical store.
The assembly process will be the most difficult part of the project. This is especially difficult if you need to use solder to secure the components in place. The whole thing will also need to be connected to the battery compartment and secured to your camera.
Step 4: Mounting the Light
The lighting system can either be used as a ring around your lens or alternatively as a free standing light. It should be pretty easy to mount your light on a tripod. This makes it easy to aim the light in a certain direction to provide more light to your video. Adjust the brightness of the lights so that they don't burn your video out but provide plenty of light.