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DIY Studio Ring Light

There are many photographers who’ve wanted to modify the light from a flash or bulb. One of the latest I came across was the photographer known for making interesting 5×4 wooden large-format cameras. The Rayment field and technical cameras, made by Rayment Kirby, combine this photographer’s photographic, technical and engineering skills. He’s now applied these skills to modifying a softbox design into a studio ring light.

His light is comprises a large soft box with a tunnel built through its centre. This tunnel is large enough for the camera to shoot through the opening. The diffusing panel on the front of the box is a sheet of translucent opal Perspex with a square hole cut in the middle. On the back of the soft box is a hole at each side of the central tunnel to allow a studio flash head to poke through into the reflector.

The technique is explained with illustrations on his photography web site here: DIY Studio Ring Light. The site also includes a showcase of Rayment’s fantatsic studio and outdoor glamour and fashion photography.

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