How to Make a DIY Ring Flash With a Plastic Container

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Roald Frederickx over at PetaPixel posted a nifty how-to for those of you searching for a budget lighting solution for home and macro photography. We're novice photographers delving into the realm of capturing the miniscule-scaled, so the use of a ring flash for close-up and portraitures sounds like it might aid in certain lighting situations, and this solution requires minimum investment using material that might be already sitting your recycling bin or pantry.

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Other household objects like a CD spool container might also be converted in similar fashion for a smaller ring flash.

One of the things about macrophotography is that you either have to shoot wide open (and have a depth of field of about 1 micron or so) or stopped down to get some decent DOF (but have ridiculous shutter speeds making everything a blur). The solution: put a strobe on it! Given that you are so close to your subject, it’s hard to properly light it. A ring flash is a good choice and at the tiny distance it is used from the subject, it has the effect of a large softbox creating even lighting.

The PetaPixel DIY instructions calls for reusing a cheap, plastic food container, aluminum foil, a Pringles chips can, and a handheld strobe light. We'd love to see how this DIY version performs versus a commercial solution.

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