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Zanda Photography

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From my local £1 shop, i bought a large bowl, a small bowl and a small storage container (the one with the yellow clips).

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0361.jpg

Get a soldering iron. You will be using this to burn out the holes (better this way cos any other way and you'll end up cracking the bowl) and it doubles as a re-sealer to join the plastics together at the ends.

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0366.jpg

Start by slowly burning out the holes. The yellow container circumference was just wide enough to past a decent large lens through. It also fits into both the small and large bowls cutout. The shop had loads of different types, so i took the lens cap (mine is as wide as the front of the lens) there to measure up.

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0364.jpg

Use the soldering gun like this...

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0370.jpg
http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0371.jpg

and...

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0372.jpg

once you've done that, get your flash gun and trace around the top end of it, cos thats the end that will poke through into the large bowl. Burn out that hole to. Make sure you burn on the outside of the red markings cos you want the flash to fit in that hole tight. If not it will poke through too much and restrict the amount of space it needs to send the light plus it will just fall off and might crash on the floor and you'll end up with a £4 ring and no light, lol

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0373.jpg

you will need to get some double sided tape so you can stick the alumminum foil to the inside of the large bowl and the outside of the small bowl and around the outside of the cylinder.

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0374.jpg

my apologies i have skipped a few processes cos i got carried away and did not take pictures. I will be making a few of these to get it 100% right. So bear with me.

You can see from this image that foil covers the inside completely. Don't need to explain why. The flash gun also fits in really really tight without damaging or spraining the end of the flash unit..

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0474.jpg

As you can see from this image, you will also need some sort of defusing material to put over the front. No need to explain why on that either.

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0475.jpg

You are prob wondering how i stuck it all together. i used the soldering iron to seal the rims of the bowls and the defuser and the cylinder together. They are all medium hard plastics so they melted together just nicely and solid.

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0476.jpg
http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0477.jpg
http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0479.jpg

You can see that its not perfect cos the light goes through the bowl but that will happen cos i overlapped some of the foil cos it was patchy in some places.

Please bear in mind that you will not have any of the TTL functions that are either synced or taken from the flash sensor. You will have to set it to manual and adjust the intensity of the burst.

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0483.jpg
http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0484.jpg

Sparky!!!!

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0522.jpg

You can see around the edge of this image that the end of the inner cylinder shows. There is an inch of lip on the end of the cylinder that i did not trim off. Also, i shot this image at 18mm. The lens is a 18-70mm.

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0535.jpg
http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0540.jpg
http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0542.jpg

In this image you can see in Sparky's eyes that the amout of light around the ring is not equal. I knew this would happen but its only a 10% reduction in that area and you will not notice it that much. You'll be shooting at a relatively slow shutter so there will be enough light.

http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0544.jpg
http://www.geekimages.com/pics/20070814/DSC_0491.jpg

Oct 05 07 07:24 pm Link

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Nadirah B

Posts: 28521

Los Angeles, California, US

Craaaazy!

Oct 05 07 07:25 pm Link

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MRX

Posts: 123

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Oh man, I like this. Very well done!!

Oct 05 07 07:27 pm Link

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Still Moving Photos

Posts: 132

Hewlett, New York, US

So when r u going to market this sensational product.... Hee Hee

Oct 05 07 07:27 pm Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

that i have done the process, it will only take me max 1 hour to make one.

Oct 05 07 07:29 pm Link

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TONY S TURNER

Posts: 586

Dallas, Texas, US

WOW!!
That's crazy... but I love it!!

Oct 05 07 07:32 pm Link

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JEBKA Photography

Posts: 3974

Firestone, Colorado, US

very cool

Oct 05 07 07:36 pm Link

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August1975

Posts: 246

Los Angeles, California, US

lol.... cool. nice job.

Oct 05 07 09:20 pm Link

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Ian Brooks Photography

Posts: 583

Kincardine, Ontario, Canada

That looks like too much fun.  I am going to try it!

Oct 05 07 09:56 pm Link

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Cat Lemus

Posts: 1221

Orlando, Florida, US

incredible... thanks for sharing

Oct 05 07 09:59 pm Link

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The_N_Word

Posts: 5067

New York, New York, US

That's really awesome.
Nice job.


oh...does the cat do TFP?

Oct 05 07 10:02 pm Link

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STUDIOMONA PHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 33697

Mankato, Minnesota, US

that's just brilliant! smile

Oct 05 07 10:03 pm Link

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F R Pearce

Posts: 133

Greenville, South Carolina, US

Wouldn't using a bundt pan work just as well without all the cutting and glueing back together? It already has the shape, just cut out the middle.

Oct 05 07 10:05 pm Link

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pbellamy

Posts: 689

New York, New York, US

yeah thats all well and good but does that cat work for tfcf..

hilarious post!  well done!

Oct 05 07 10:07 pm Link

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Trent Chau Photography

Posts: 611

Alpharetta, Georgia, US

best model evar!....so much emotions in each picture.

The fall off isn't too bad.  Could you use plastic silver spray paint instead of foil?

Oct 05 07 10:15 pm Link

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Rp-photo

Posts: 42703

Houston, Texas, US

Need captions for cat pictures.

Oct 05 07 10:16 pm Link

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v2lab

Posts: 1557

Orlando, Florida, US

pretty damn dope - good diy! wink

Oct 05 07 10:19 pm Link

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coach moon

Posts: 5522

Pensacola, Florida, US

HA! awesome! i saw your post in this thread this morning & was wondering if you were gonna do a tutorial! hahah! good on you, man!

are you pleased with the results?

Oct 05 07 10:19 pm Link

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Caspers Creations

Posts: 11409

Kansas City, Missouri, US

Nice job.

Oct 05 07 10:26 pm Link

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MRB Photography

Posts: 32

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Oh man, I love homemade lighting rigs.  Thanks for posting this!

Oct 05 07 10:27 pm Link

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FARLEY MAGADIA

Posts: 1574

Los Angeles, California, US

bravo! 

I KNOW i can rig things like that, but am lazy (and stupid enough to buy brand name stuff- when I know I can go to the hardware store and make it myself)

with foamcore and velcro you can make a softbox too!

Oct 05 07 10:34 pm Link

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AdamShealyPhotographer

Posts: 601

Greenville, South Carolina, US

I made this...http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1026/1315082493_a48d014cf5.jpg?v=0 It's 7 feet by 5 feet.
I made a ringflash similar to that a while back, but I hardly
ever used it.

Oct 06 07 01:17 am Link

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Floyd Avila Photography

Posts: 73

Los Angeles, California, US

AShooter wrote:
I made this...http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1026/1315082493_a48d014cf5.jpg?v=0 It's 7 feet by 5 feet.
I made a ringflash similar to that a while back, but I hardly
ever used it.

Thats nice... Whats behind that sheet? how much power do you use? I'd like to see one of your projects...

Oct 06 07 01:27 am Link

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S T A G E 4 D E T

Posts: 265

Detroit, Alabama, US

The ringflash is super sweet, I think I,ll try in with an old 200ws monolite,

Oct 06 07 01:37 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/assets/product_images/230/3955213689105P.JPG

I thought about various types of pans like that but they all seemed like way too much work.

F R Pearce wrote:
Wouldn't using a bundt pan work just as well without all the cutting and glueing back together? It already has the shape, just cut out the middle.

Oct 06 07 05:53 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

You prob could but foil is cheaper, no?

Trent Chau wrote:
best model evar!....so much emotions in each picture.

The fall off isn't too bad.  Could you use plastic silver spray paint instead of foil?

Oct 06 07 05:53 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

very and the cool thing is, there is no need for any extra battery pack that an expensive one will need.

moonboots wrote:
HA! awesome! i saw your post in this thread this morning & was wondering if you were gonna do a tutorial! hahah! good on you, man!

are you pleased with the results?

Oct 06 07 05:54 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

Get on it!

FARLEY MAGADIA wrote:
bravo! 

I KNOW i can rig things like that, but am lazy (and stupid enough to buy brand name stuff- when I know I can go to the hardware store and make it myself)

with foamcore and velcro you can make a softbox too!

Oct 06 07 05:54 am Link

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black lab photography

Posts: 50

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

very nice home made gear, but a spill kill works much the same.

Oct 06 07 06:00 am Link

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Zachary Reed

Posts: 523

Denver, Colorado, US

i am sooo making one of these!

Oct 06 07 06:02 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

only thing is, the Spill Kill costs around £50 and also i really enjoyed spending the few hours making mine. smile

black lab photography wrote:
very nice home made gear, but a spill kill works much the same.

Oct 06 07 06:05 am Link

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black lab photography

Posts: 50

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

black lab photography wrote:
very nice home made gear, but a spill kill works much the same.

i forgot to mention, i use a bowen spill kill on bowen lighting....around a $100 6 years ago.

Oct 06 07 06:05 am Link

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Adam Sund Photo

Posts: 142

København, Hovedstaden, Denmark

Zanda Photography wrote:
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/assets/product_images/230/3955213689105P.JPG

I thought about various types of pans like that but they all seemed like way too much work.


And for those of us who are plain old stupid, how would this be working? smile

Oct 06 07 06:17 am Link

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R vdBosch

Posts: 35

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Looks great!

I want to try it immediately!

Remco

Oct 06 07 06:19 am Link

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Robert Wray

Posts: 9

Folkestone, England, United Kingdom

Ace design, I'm going to try this with the wifes plastic pots, if I get it all wrong I'll point her to this location.

Never the take the blame if you can blame others smile

Great idea and thanks.

Rob

Oct 06 07 06:19 am Link

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StratMan

Posts: 684

Detroit, Michigan, US

great job on making that unit!!


strat

Oct 06 07 06:34 am Link

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BYS

Posts: 11614

Paris, Île-de-France, France

i knew you were fun
great job
tb

Oct 06 07 06:55 am Link

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Shaped Light

Posts: 121

Douglasville, Georgia, US

Trent Chau wrote:
best model evar!....so much emotions in each picture.

The fall off isn't too bad.  Could you use plastic silver spray paint instead of foil?

I think you could prevent the light from coming through the plastic side by painting it first too. It might even help to cut down on the fall off.

Oct 06 07 07:09 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

yea thats another possiblity but as we know the backward light will not affect anything.

Shaped Light wrote:

I think you could prevent the light from coming through the plastic side by painting it first too. It might even help to cut down on the fall off.

Oct 06 07 11:24 am Link

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The Divine Emily Fine

Posts: 20454

Mount Airy, Maryland, US

I want one.

Oct 06 07 11:33 am Link