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DIY Led Ring Light

by MaximSachs Feb 29, 2012
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I don't have any to upload right now, but its like having a big flashlight attached to your camera. The model is fine as it is, but if you have the knowledge I would recommend to put the LEDs at an increased angle towards the outer ring so the light cone becomes bigger. It is fine for my normal camera, but if I attach a fisheye there is only a big light circle in the middle and its dark towards the image edges so there some improvement would be possible

I was just asking because I'm curious how the lights looks in subjects' eyes when doing close-up portraits (if it's discernable from the average ring flash).

If you're planning on further investigation, you'd need a lot of light to cover all that a fisheye can see. If you want to spread the light wider, you can vary the angle of each ring, so you effectively have tiers varied direction (ie - inner ring facing forward, and each ring slightly more angled out than the one before.

A parabolic design with a white/reflective surface would create stronger light, but the parallel lines created by the parabola would mean you'd have to increase diameter for the width of coverage area.

Anyway, great work, I really like the aesthetic and can't wait to see how you improve upon what you have.