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Old 01-12-2011, 11:51 AM
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Macro Lighting on the Cheap

So I got a sweet deal on a used macro lens for my camera, and decided I "needed" a ring light to give me "flatter" lighting. However, the idea of shelling out some serious bucks left me cold.

Following a D-I-Y guide, I constructed my own from two automotive LED "angel eyes" rings, and a case from a spool of CDs. It attaches to the lens via what's left of a lens hood. It is powered by a small box containing 8 D-cells in series, but can also use an AC adapter (I have a 12V one from an old scanner) for stationary "studio" work. Total cost around $15 (images attached)

The photo of the flower spike (Stenorrhychos albidomaculatum) was my first hand-held shot, and I was surprised to find the lights too bright, so I will continue to experiment with diffusers. I'm also sure it would have been a better shot with the tripod.

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I will follow your progress with interest. I am also cheep!

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How innovative! Very cool Ray! I will also follow this to see how the diffuser works out, so far I'd say you've got some good results!
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Hah! Funny you should mention "needing" a ring light! I was just thinking I "need" one myself this afternoon!

Nice job and photo.
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Actually, that was literally the first photo after assembly - no adjustments to the camera (other than turning off the internal flash), just point and shoot. I obviously need to work on aperture and shutter speed - and get out the tripod.

Click here for the assembly instructions.
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I so want to try this! It looks challenging but not so much as to discourage me.

Very cool!

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When I read the title of the thread I thought I must be on the photo forum instead of the orchid forum where I thought I was!
Very nice idea. I am in need of some cheap lighting. I have been working to increase my photography knowledge and skills.
Thanks for sharing!
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