Cheap, Easy, and Cute Lighting for Twitch and YouTube Stream Webcams in Small Spaces

This post contains affiliate links so that if you buy these things – at no additional cost to you – I can make a little extra cash for showing you how to inexpensively light your facecams.

So about a year back, I made a brief attempt at being a camgirl. (Don’t get excited, it’s was non-nude and I wasn’t cut out for it.) In preparing for that venture, I did a lot of research and learned that you’re expected to light your feed so that your viewers can actually see you. So I bought this lighting kit and assembled it in front of my desk. (I still use this kit for filming clips, and would recommend it if you need something for that.) It worked out pretty great until I wanted to rearrange my office and put the back of my desk up against a wall.

Before, I had plenty of space for these two giant umbrellas to stand in front of me. In my desk’s new location, though, there was no way to position them correctly. The only place to put one – and only one – was far off to one side so that dark shadows would be cast on the right side of my face in my feed. By this point, I had given up on camming, and instead of had decided to try Twitch. On Twitch, lighting is also pretty crucial because the facecam is an important part of connecting with viewers there too.

A thought then occurred to me: what if I just stick a selfie light on my webcam? Selfie lights are small, but give off enough light to take good cellphone pictures. They should be bright enough to light my face if I’m sitting a foot and a half away right? Most people take selfies from farther than that. Then I followed the next logical conclusion to that thought: I wonder if someone has made a webcam with a selfie light built in.

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I Don’t Even With These Giant Goddamn Roaches (And Here’s How You Don’t Have to Even Either)

This post contains an affiliate link so I can make a little dosh for helping you rid your home of GIANT FUCKING ROACHES.

So when I moved down to San Antonio from Dallas, one of the changes I had to adjust to was the GIANT FUCKING ROACHES THAT JUST WALK AROUND IN YOUR KITCHEN LIKE THEY PAY RENT. Also called palmetto bugs or waterbugs, these fuckers are huge! Like two or three inches big. And they ain’t even afraid of you! You’ll be sitting on the can in your tiny little bathroom and suddenly see one of these mammoth roaches sticking to the wall inches from your face or crawling up from the bathtub drain and he’ll be all like, “Oh pardon me, I didn’t realize this room was occupied” and then you gotta decide whether to finish peeing before you scream for your boyfriend to address this sumbitch or if you wanna just cut it off mid-stream and resume afterward.

Look, maybe I had an easy sheltered existence living so far up north. The last time I saw a roach that big was when I was six, laying on the floor on our Hurst apartment watching TV, when I felt my hair moving around and got up to find ONE OF THESE GIANT MOTHERFUCKERS TRYING TO GET FRESH WITH MY EAR.

So yeah, I’m a pretty princess who – since that one traumatic waterbug-related incident – has lived a life of roach-free luxury.

Until I moved to San Antonio.

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 Will Smith's philantropy strikes again.  @mysanantonio took our picture for a small piece about people getting dressed up fancy to see Dita.