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A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget by Jay Holben

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Using Paper Lanterns (Japanese Lanterns or China Balls)

Paper lanterns are kind of a no-brainer because they are already built for you. They’re portable, lightweight, inexpensive, and really make some beautiful light. Paper lanterns are commonly available in 8-inch, 12-inch, 16-inch, 20-inch, 24-inch, and 30-inch diameters. You can find them at most home décor stores and party supply stores, or online at a number of vendors. I’ve seen 8-inch lanterns for as low as $1.50 a piece and the large, 30-inch lanterns for as low as $5.00 a piece.

A photo of a paper lantern, otherwise known as Japanese lantern or China ball.

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