Got Light?

     Photography [fuh-tog-ruh-fee]: the process or art of producing images of objects on sensitized surfaces by the chemical action of light or of other forms of radiant energy, as x-rays, gamma rays, or cosmic rays.

     I always have been using many forms of lights to produce images, from natural light to many different forms of artificial lights. Artificial lights that I used includes, table lamps to Speedlight to studio strobes. All of these artificial light sources are standard, only varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. You would pay more money for constant quality of light, strength of light, bells and whistles and actual physical built (quality) of the light source.

     A few months back, I started to make my own light sources as a stand alone or to complement the existing units I have. First one I did was to arrange fluorescent tubes in different configuration to produce a unique lighting for my images. Then I hacked my Speedlight to produce very narrow strip of light for my head shots. And now, this is my latest DIY project. The inspiration for this project came from my fellow photographer, who made an oversize ring light using household incandescent light bulbs on a plywood base. I modified mine with 23 daylight balanced, 60 watts LED bulbs, which are divided into 3 groups, with each group having its own dimmer to control the intensity of light.


    I’m pretty satisfied with the outcome of my units, there is always room for improvement to make it better. As I write this, I’m already thinking about few accessories for the units. As an artist you are always looking for new ways of creating unique images. And these units certainly will help me achieve that.

DIY Ring Light

DIY Ring Light