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Yor

Posts: 1

Gouda, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Very cool! smile

Oct 06 07 12:41 pm Link

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Trent Chau Photography

Posts: 611

Alpharetta, Georgia, US

plastic silver spraypaint isn't expensive, would be about the same cost as the double sided tape and the file combined. 

I think it looks great, only changes I would make would be me 4~5 inch pvc holding the middle rather than plastic for sturdiness and also blocking light leakage into the lens chamber.

Oct 06 07 12:49 pm Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

I'm gonna look into getting larger and softer tuppa wear materials for the next one for more flexibility in the plastic. Will stick with the foil.

Oct 06 07 01:12 pm Link

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Stevieh

Posts: 735

Nerlande wrote:
does the cat do TFP?

TFM - Time For Milk/Mice

Oct 06 07 02:09 pm Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

Ha ha ha

Stevieh wrote:

TFM - Time For Milk/Mice

Oct 06 07 02:11 pm Link

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picturephoto

Posts: 8687

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Great thread Z, thanks for sharing.

Oct 06 07 02:12 pm Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

No problem

Oct 06 07 06:25 pm Link

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Shaped Light

Posts: 121

Douglasville, Georgia, US

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


The amount of like coming out the back cuts down on the amount of light pressure forcing the light forward. It's just photons but it works just like a water hose. If you try to direct water from a hose in one direction and there are leaks along the hose or even at the nozzle it cuts down on the amount of water that makes it to your target.

Those photons may not show up in the image when they are coming out the back, but then if they came out the front they might.

Oct 06 07 06:36 pm Link

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Shaped Light

Posts: 121

Douglasville, Georgia, US

Btw, if it seems like I'm not impressed please be aware. I am impressed. I LOVE this kind of thing.  smile

Good job and thanks for sharing.

Oct 06 07 06:39 pm Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

Thanks for explaining that. I guess thats the kind of thing that they explain a real good photography course.

Shaped Light wrote:

The amount of like coming out the back cuts down on the amount of light pressure forcing the light forward. It's just photons but it works just like a water hose. If you try to direct water from a hose in one direction and there are leaks along the hose or even at the nozzle it cuts down on the amount of water that makes it to your target.

Those photons may not show up in the image when they are coming out the back, but then if they came out the front they might.

Oct 06 07 08:39 pm Link

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Dave the design student

Posts: 45198

Detroit, Michigan, US

ma-ma-ma-ma-McGyver, what you doin with that thing?

Very cool, they are way more impressive in discussion and in catalogs than in person...

I was fascinated by ringflash until I saw a friend with one and didn't care for it that much, it's definitely not worth $1,000 and I can see why someone would be trying to sell a hot ring or ring flash system after owning one.

Oct 07 07 01:52 am Link

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Les McLuckie

Posts: 80

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

its quite mad I made a small soft box last week out of cardboard and black and white paper and it fits my vivitar 283 series flashgun saves lots of cash!

Oct 07 07 09:25 am Link

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Megane Claire

Posts: 6

Miami Beach, Florida, US

that is awesome amazing! perfect ring flash too!
great job!

Oct 07 07 09:27 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

c'mon man! Post it. Don't let me be the only mad scientist in here!!!


Les McLuckie wrote:
its quite mad I made a small soft box last week out of cardboard and black and white paper and it fits my vivitar 283 series flashgun saves lots of cash!

Oct 07 07 09:28 am Link

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MannyDesalamanca

Posts: 2076

Orlando, Florida, US

Oct 07 07 09:30 am Link

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oscar rabeiro

Posts: 670

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

sweet!

Oct 07 07 09:32 am Link

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Laura Dark Photography

Posts: 6812

Columbus, Ohio, US

I worship you.  I'm queen of the DIY stuffs and this just made me happy.  I have something new to go out and make.  I've made my own umbrella units, soft boxes, backgrounds, props, clothes, and now...RING LIGHT!  YEEEY! 

*runs to the dollar store to buy supplies*

Oct 07 07 09:41 am Link

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Dennis Tortora

Posts: 311

Atlanta, Georgia, US

nice work, and thanks for being kind and very meticulous in showing the steps.

Oct 07 07 10:09 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

ha ha ha looks like a mess and mines not pretty either but the results....that the main thing!

MannyDesalamanca wrote:
Check This Out...........

http://blog.dennisonbertram.com/hackmas … -flash.htm

Oct 07 07 11:24 am Link

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HEF Photography

Posts: 1817

Jacksonville, Florida, US

OK how much did you spend to make the "homemade" ring light ?

How long did it take for you to make the "homemade" ring light ?

What is you time worth per hour ?

Was it worth it ?

I know there is the "fun" factor in making your own ring light but ......

Oct 07 07 11:31 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

Harry Forsythe wrote:
OK how much did you spend to make the "homemade" ring light ? £4 i had the other equipment like solder iron, gaffer tape, etc

How long did it take for you to make the "homemade" ring light ? estimated 2 hours

What is you time worth per hour ? priceless

Was it worth it ? yes. I have already done some personal headshots tonight for someone. I will have to ask permission to display here

I know there is the "fun" factor in making your own ring light but ...... always

Oct 07 07 06:38 pm Link

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Beauty Crafters

Posts: 44

Diamond Bar, California, US

Awesome!

Oct 07 07 11:30 pm Link

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patrick/michael

Posts: 188

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Ingenious.

Oct 07 07 11:35 pm Link

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Leroy Dickson

Posts: 8239

Mobile, Alabama, US

Like my home made 18 degree snoot?
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1357/1107614152_b9a8060098.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1259/1108780732_e079e90143.jpg

Here is a shot with it
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1201/1317158956_2d8d5f93bd_o.jpg

Oct 07 07 11:37 pm Link

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Leroy Dickson

Posts: 8239

Mobile, Alabama, US

BTW, I had to eat two cans of Pringles to make it... oh the sacrifice I made :-)

Oct 07 07 11:39 pm Link

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jgstokes

Posts: 52

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

nice work guys smile definately l337 strobist material.

Oct 07 07 11:55 pm Link

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DGB Photography

Posts: 682

FINKSBURG, Maryland, US

very smart idea. smile

Oct 08 07 12:15 am Link

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FR3AK

Posts: 14

San Diego, California, US

I'll have to try this.  Nicely done.

Oct 08 07 06:29 am Link

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Erik R Soto Photography

Posts: 377

Torrance, California, US

fantastic!

Oct 08 07 07:08 am Link

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dave wright phx

Posts: 13509

Phoenix, Arizona, US

haha, i've done the pringles can thing.

Oct 08 07 07:13 am Link

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Telephoto Studio

Posts: 1439

Raleigh, North Carolina, US

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.

If you used a TTL flash and a remote off-camera TTL synch cord, couldn't you take advantage of the TTL features?

Oct 08 07 08:12 am Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

You could be right, but i'm not that experienced with TTL to comment on that.
I also don't use TTL in my professional shots.

Telephoto Studio wrote:

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.

If you used a TTL flash and a remote off-camera TTL synch cord, couldn't you take advantage of the TTL features?

Oct 08 07 09:19 am Link

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DC Chavez

Posts: 355

Redondo Beach, California, US

My first shots the other day with a ringflash...

I was using Profoto equip...  Not quite homemade, but I since we were on the subject...  smile

-DC

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/071007/12/47090b44dc6e0.jpg

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/071007/12/47090a93af825.jpg

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/071007/12/47090aef88e6f.jpg

Oct 08 07 12:00 pm Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

I really want to show you guys what i have done yesterday but as they were personal headshots, i will need to get permission from the model before i post them here as she is a ex model friend of mine.

Oct 08 07 12:48 pm Link

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Zanda Photography

Posts: 1451

You gonna kick yourself when i show what i did with my £4 masterpiece.

DC Chavez wrote:
My first shots the other day with a ringflash...

I was using Profoto equip...  Not quite homemade, but I since we were on the subject...  smile

-DC

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/071007/12/47090b44dc6e0.jpg

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/071007/12/47090a93af825.jpg

http://modelmayhm-8.vo.llnwd.net/d1/photos/071007/12/47090aef88e6f.jpg

Oct 08 07 12:48 pm Link

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JAH Photography

Posts: 206

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

Zanda....thank you!

Working on a mod to make a similar ring for a studio strobe.  Pics up when its completed.

Oct 08 07 12:55 pm Link

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Gabino M Photo

Posts: 46

Seattle, Washington, US

someone should make a macgyver photo tricks thread.

Oct 08 07 01:03 pm Link

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DC Chavez

Posts: 355

Redondo Beach, California, US

Zanda Photography wrote:
You gonna kick yourself when i show what i did with my £4 masterpiece.

Kick myself?  Nah, not really.  First time ever using lighting other than the 580EX on my camera...

Rented for $35, so not a huge investment...  smile

Oct 08 07 01:28 pm Link

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Floyd Avila Photography

Posts: 73

Los Angeles, California, US

Stevieh wrote:

TFM - Time For Milk/Mice

Nice one... smile

Oct 08 07 02:04 pm Link

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Floyd Avila Photography

Posts: 73

Los Angeles, California, US

Leroy Dickson wrote:
Like my home made 18 degree snoot?
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1357/1107614152_b9a8060098.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1259/1108780732_e079e90143.jpg

Here is a shot with it
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1201/1317158956_2d8d5f93bd_o.jpg

Next project... smile thanks

Oct 08 07 02:09 pm Link