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Feb 21, 2012 16:22 |  #1

Always wanted a ring flash but cant really afford one or justify the cost, so decided to make myself a ring light yesterday.

Used a piece of board 2'x2'x1/2", and cut a circle out of it (apart from one corner). I then connected 12 light holders and 40w bulbs to it and a dimmer.

Here it is, along with a self prortrait...

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Feb 21, 2012 16:49 |  #2

Very interesting...


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Feb 21, 2012 16:53 |  #3

maybe find some transluscent material to go over them...make the light ring solid?


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Feb 21, 2012 16:54 as a reply to  @ KinoC's post |  #4

Very innovative. This could work for much product or macro work as well. If you use color-balanced LED lights, all the better. But then the cost might get out of control.

The catchlights would take some getting used to for models.

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Feb 21, 2012 16:55 |  #5

Mikey1 wrote in post #13938623 (external link)
maybe find some transluscent material to go over them...make the light ring solid?

Good idea - yes. That would make the catchlights more conventional.


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Feb 21, 2012 16:58 |  #6

480 watts isn't much. You should be able to use 100w bulbs at least.


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Feb 21, 2012 17:00 |  #7

all the dots in there look strange


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Feb 21, 2012 17:27 |  #8

Mikey1 wrote in post #13938623 (external link)
maybe find some transluscent material to go over them...make the light ring solid?

I like the sound of that, but it may be difficult as i made this out of my own design and sizes, so not something i could easily find i bet.
It 'may' work to an extent if i used reflective material (tin foil) on the ring to bounce the light off the bulbs.

Curtis N wrote in post #13938658 (external link)
480 watts isn't much. You should be able to use 100w bulbs at least.

Its enough, although more would be better but 100w would mean 1200w of power, so maybe 60w would be a good mid way point (being 720w in total). The holders are only designed for 60w too, so i would have to change them over also if i went to 100w. It was difficult finding a dimmer for this power locally as most only went up to 400w.
I eventually found one that could do 500w.

This was taken in a dark room, so i think with ambient light or if i used my Bowens as fill and hairlights then it would be much better.
I will keep practicing.


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Feb 21, 2012 18:08 |  #9

Wouldn't halogen floods be better, or do you want all that side spill?




  
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Feb 21, 2012 18:29 |  #10

check out savage trans-Lum for transparent material...




  
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Feb 21, 2012 20:33 |  #11

You could pick up some daylight balanced CFLs. Less power draw.

A diffusion material of some type would help with the catchlights, but overall I like the light throw you've got. Nicely done.


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Feb 21, 2012 23:42 |  #12

bdillon wrote in post #13938993 (external link)
Wouldn't halogen floods be better, or do you want all that side spill?

Side spill doesnt really bother me, in fact a few changes and i can adjust the background brightness quite a bit.
Not sure how you would use halogen floods to create a ring light though.

MrScott wrote in post #13939109 (external link)
check out savage trans-Lum for transparent material...

That seems to be US based :-(
I will see whats available here in the UK, but not too bothered as i like what it does now as its unusual.

BrickR wrote in post #13939932 (external link)
You could pick up some daylight balanced CFLs. Less power draw.

A diffusion material of some type would help with the catchlights, but overall I like the light throw you've got. Nicely done.

That is an option, in fact i think i may have some somewhere in the house (not sure if i have 12 thoigh).

Here is another one of a far better subject...

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Feb 22, 2012 01:14 |  #13

I like the 2nd pic. I like the look of the catch lights the way they are.




  
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