If making TikTok videos is your thing, how do you light them so they look great? We’re going to take a look at the top 7 TikTok or Musical.ly photography lighting setups and equipment 2020 so you can be sure that your videos are always on fleek - just like you!
If you want viewers to be super-impressed by your slick vids, then good lighting is a must-have to make you look flawless and professional.
If you don’t know what TikTok is - where have you been hiding?! Seriously though, TikTok (formerly known as Musical.ly) is a media platform for users to make short videos, edit them with the in-built tools, and share them. You can also upload longer videos you have recorded outside the app.
TikTok can be a useful platform for honing your video filming and editing skills, and it’s used by all manner of celebrities and brands like Coca-Cola, Nike, Google, and ABC. Also a bonus hack, it also offers itself as a cool free video editing application on mobile too, where you can export the videos you make and post them on Instagram!
If you want to make seriously watchable video clips for TikTok, you’ll have to ditch the idea that you can make them using the window light or ordinary overhead lights. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but you need to have some form of lighting for your home studio that was made to do the job.
We’ve put together 7 pro-spec video and photography lighting setups that you can use to make your TikTok videos.
Ring lights like the Spectrum Aurora 18" Diamond Luxe II LED Ring Light are the go-to lighting setup that is used by lots of professional YouTubers, and now those in the know are using them for their TikTok videos.
The Spectrum Aurora 18" Diamond Luxe II LED Ring Light gives a soft, even spread of light that is almost shadowless. This means that it reduces skin imperfections and wrinkles that are normally seen in poor lighting setups. The Spectrum Aurora also features:
If portability matters to you, then the small (but perfectly formed!) Spectrum Aurora 14" Mini Pearl II LED Ring Light Kit is ideal. This ring light is the perfect size to pack up and go - so you can shoot video or photo wherever you can find a plug socket.
Like its big sister the Spectrum Aurora 18” Diamond Luxe, the Spectrum Aurora 14" Mini Pearl II LED Ring Light Kit gives soft and beautiful light and has many of the same features:
As an alternative to a ring light, the Spectrum Crystal Luxe 9" LED Light is an LED panel that is great if you want simple lighting that you can rotate vertically or horizontally.
The Spectrum Crystal Luxe 9" LED Light can be used on its own or bought as a duo kit (using two lights on each side of your setup will reduce harsh shadows - all the better for showing off your best angles!).
The big sister to the Spectrum Aurora Crystal Luxe 9” light, the Spectrum Aurora Crystal Luxe 13” LED Light also features vertical and horizontal rotation. It’s larger at 13”, which allows you to have a bigger spread of light if that’s something you are looking for - ideal for full-length body shots!
If you want something small and low-key, the Spectrum Aurora Firefly Selfie Phone Ring Light is ideal for shooting videos on the go - indoors or out. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket or handbag, ready for you to whip out whenever you feel the need to make a video or take a selfie!
These ring lights clip to your smartphone easily, and offer 3 levels of brightness so you can shoot in different lighting conditions and still look flawless.
If you and your bestie love making videos together, then grab the Spectrum Diamond Luxe Firefly (2X Bestie Bundle) so you can rock those duet challenges together!
If you decide to go with the last two lighting setups and want to go hands-free, then you’ll need to invest in a stand like the Spectrum 180cm Collapsible Portable Light Stand to hold your phone or iPad safely upright while you’re filming.
You’ll also need a ball mount such as the Spectrum Aurora Camera / Phone Ball Head Bracket Mount to let you adjust the angle of your phone or camera to horizontal or vertical.
The adjustable Spectrum Smart Phone Holder will securely hold a variety of phones or tablets, and the Spectrum Advanced Multi-Device Smartphone Tablet Bracket will take larger devices like iPads as well as smartphones.
We’ve looked at why it’s important to have good lighting setups for TikTok, and the variety of ring lights, LED panels and accessories that you can get. Your choice will depend on how much cash you’ve got to spend, and what suits you and your video filming best, but hopefully you’ll have a better idea of the great lighting options there are.
Once you’ve got your lighting squared away, you’re ready to rock on TikTok!