We are beginners at videography, so please bear with me. I am going to be filming my husband sitting at a drum kit doing lessons. We have 2 lights now with large soft boxes, but will be getting rid of them, they are far too large & cumbersome to move around & store. We are looking for a kit with 2 or 3 lights, no soft boxes- we need something small & easy to move around. Would like kind of a soft light, that does not get too hot as we will be in somewhat close quarters, and will be filming for several hours at a time. Not looking to spend too much $- maybe $500-1000. What do you recommend? Thank you!
One way to be very portable is by using umbrellas instead of soft boxes, the main difference is soft boxes spill less light around a room, more directional. Adorama makes some large CFL bulbs under Flashpoint brand. I would buy a reflector that accepts an umbrella rod, for a main light, typically one or two stops brighter than fill. Fill light can be a large white reflector, maybe 6 feet as a person on drums is large, or another umbrella closer to the camera. A third light can be used for accent, like a hair light or background light.
Those Smith Victor heads do not look like they have a built in umbrella holder, but there are other options at Adorama and some use multiple CFL bulbs to get enough light. You need a good amount of light to use a descent iso, and you loose some intensity in an umbrella. With a fast lens you may be able to use the equivalent of 500 watts in a regular bulb. CFL's run cool and they are the best value for what you want. They come in daylight light balance as well.
Hope this helps,