You can buy a shoulder rig with 12" 15mm rails for 200 bucks... yeah its not the size of the bottom of your dslr, but is it really such a hassle to carry a should rig system with you? that little arm thing isn't going to work THAT well. the best part about this is that it has rails but you can get a baseplate with rails for 100 bucks...
SIP Sarah Burke, CR Johnson, Tanner and Trevor Olson
If you tuck from here, you probably won't overshoot it. Buuutttt I wouldn't go from here, cause you'll probably overshoot it.
Disney channel told me to ask my parents before logging on line, i didnt ask for permission. -kevymac
You're right, but that isn't what I'm implying. Of course on-camera mounted lights are going to look like shit. It's just plain dumb to get worked up over ISO performance when all you're doing is comparing which image looks less light shit rather than which one looks remotely pleasant.
Small LED lights are insanely useful (especially when coupled with a clamp system like the Manfrotto magic arm) because even a single, small light can make a world of a difference. For instance, your shot would've looked much better with an LED backlighting the DJ, or on the other side of the counter facing upwards toward the ceiling.
I know in Weeds the director usually uses a tiny LED light about 7' off the ground shined directly into Nancy Botwin's eyes to give her that spacey DGAF look she has all the time.
If you're trying to shoot an interior car scene, place an LED with a cool gel on the lap of each person and dim it down a bit.
Big LED lights are a bit more impractical for obvious reasons, but a micro LED is definitely on my list of things to get.