Super Simple and Cheap DIY Ring Light for Your Point-and-Shoot Camera


One of the most sought after lighting accessories is a ring light. Meant to create a unique aesthetic, a ring light is a great way to add a sharp, but direct light source to any image. The problem is, ring lights don’t come cheap, and are rarely meant for smaller cameras.

Thankfully, there’s now a DIY solution for you hands-on types. Thanks to Instructables user alpacalypse, you now have a step-by-step guide to creating a ring light for your typical point-and-shoot camera.

We’ve shared a DIY ring light hacks before, but none have been quite as simple as this.


Built using a plastic container, a film canister, a sheet of plastic, tape and some foil, the ring flash is made from materials almost all of us have lying around the house.

Granted, both a drill and a knife are needed to create this little contraption, but we’re going to assume that anybody interested in DIY photography projects will have those tools handy.


Click on the link below for the full step-by-step rundown on how to create this little doohickey. The final results probably won’t get you production-level lighting, but it’ll certainly add some variety to your day-to-day images.

Point-and-Shoot Ring Flash Diffuser [Instructables via Lifehacker]

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  • OtterMatt

    That is phenomenally ugly.
    But really, if you know what a ring light is, what are the odds you’re shooting with a P&S? And if you are shooting with a P&S and know how and when to use a ring light, you probably aren’t all that concerned with the photos you’re taking. Otherwise, you’d be using an actual camera.

  • Lambert Schlumpf

    I know what a ring light is, and I had just a point and shoot until December. Not everybody who is educated in photography can afford a proper camera…

  • OtterMatt

    Try looking used. I’ve only got a bargain-basement Nikon, but it shoots a hell of a lot better than a P&S of equal price. Damn near everyone can afford SOME kind of decent camera if they really want one.

  • Lambert Schlumpf

    It always depends where you live, though. I can’t afford the $50 “Economy” shipping from US that I’ve seen many times, and even if I could, I wouldn’t spend a similar amount for postage. Where I live (Canary Islands) we are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and any shipping costs money, moreover there are excises and various surprise taxes once I get stuff. most of shops here are voted to tourists and it’s not that easy to find some things. Imagine, I am getting crazy in finding a 2CR5 battery at any price, a battery that can’t be shipped from UK, where it costs £6 for 2 in amazon. I guess not everybody is lucky.
    Well, at least we don’t have to pay for the heating.

  • OtterMatt

    Okay, I guess you got me there. Shipping is a proper bastard, and islands aren’t really a great place to find specialty shops. :

  • SeoulFood

    Isn’t the Sony Rx1r a point and shoot?

  • OtterMatt

    Doesn’t it also cost more than several DSLRs?

  • SeoulFood

    What does the price matter? Is the Rx1r an “actual” camera or not? Or are DSLRs the only cameras that are “actual” cameras?

  • OtterMatt

    Maybe because we’re talking about CHEAP solutions for cheap cameras? Why shoot with a garage-hack ring flash when you’re shelling out major money for a compact that shoots RAW? Just buy a damn ring flash.

  • SeoulFood

    What if I have a Sony rx100 mki or mkiii and I don’t have a hot shoe? What kind of ring flash should I use?

  • OtterMatt

    You just really feel the need to be pedantic, don’t you? I honestly couldn’t care less what you might have. It’s ugly, triples the size of your camera, and basically invalidates all of the reasons for buying a P&S to begin with.

  • SeoulFood

    Not pedantic at all. I’m just saying that there are people in this world who like taking pictures that don’t want to use a DSLR or “proper” or “actual” camera, whatever that means. If someone wanted to try a ring light out to see the effect, why would they go and buy one when they can make this.

    Maybe some people just like to make things for themselves because they feel the gratification of DIY items. I understand that this is not for you, but belittling someone’s project and their generosity of sharing it online for others to use…that sucks!