Posts Tagged ‘ringflash’

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

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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. Read more…

Lightstrap: An iPhone Case that Doubles as a Capable Ring Flash

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Although it can’t compare to a quality camera, it’s hard to deny that the iPhone is capable — after all, we’ve seen NY Times cover photos, fashion shoots and even a professional portrait taken using an iPhone as the camera of choice.

But if there’s one situation where the iPhone and its ilk perform badly, it’s in low light, when the phone’s own flash falls short of the kind of quality most people hope to capture, even with their phones. Enter the Lightstrap case: a product that, by all accounts, seems to solve this problem outright. Read more…

The Jarvie Window: Photographing Faces Through a Ring Flash

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Check out the picture above. Pretty cool, huh? Well, to make photos like this you can use a special technique. It wasn’t invented by me, but by a Bay Area photographer named Scott Jarvie. It’s a pretty eye catching way to take portrait photos, and here’s an introduction to how it’s done.
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Google Patent Shows Multiple LED Flash Units on Back of Smartphone

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The “flash units” found on the backs of smartphones may be getting more powerful, but the general idea has largely remained the same: use a powerful LED light that can illuminate a scene when you need a little extra light. The power output doesn’t really stack up to the flashes found on compact cameras, but Google has one solution for making the flash a bit brighter.

In a recently published patent, the company outlines the idea of placing multiple LED flashes on smartphones, perhaps in a ring around the camera unit.
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Nikon Patents a Ring Flash for Compact Cameras that Uses the Built-In Flash

We’ve seen ring flash units that redirect light from a DSLR’s pop-up camera and a hot shoe-mounted flash, but never from a compact camera’s built-in flash. Based on a patent filing published earlier this month and uncovered by Egami, that’s what Nikon appears to be in the process of building.
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Hybrid Ring Flash is the Frankenstein of the Lighting World

Okay — maybe it’s trying to reinvent the wheel, er, ring flash, but this could be an interesting gadget: Chinese company CononMark has unveiled a flash system that looks like a cross between a ring flash, speedlights, bracket flash and modeling lights.
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MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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A Ring Flash Lighting Tutorial Complete With Zombies and Soda

If you’ve ever wondered when, or how, or why you might use a ring light or ring flash, this short lighting tutorial from The Slanted Lens should help you answer all of those questions. In this case, Jay P. Morgan was shooting for Zombie Juice soda and he took the opportunity to explain why he chose to use a ring flash, some of the disadvantages of ring flashes, and how he supplemented it to get the perfect shot.

Understanding Ring Lights / Ring Flashes: A Lighting Tutorial (via ISO1200)

RoundFlash: A Collapsible Ring Flash Adapter That Sets Up Like a Tent

The RoundFlash is a new ring flash adapter that’s lightweight and collapsible. Setting it up from its collapsed state is similar to setting up a tent: simply take the rods and stick them into the holes to expand the adapter.
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Build a Cheap Ring Light Using Christmas Lights and a Wreath Frame

Videographer Joel Loukus created a continuous ring light source — which he calls the “WreathLight” — using a wreath frame and two strings of Christmas lights. The total cost came out to $24. It’s a cheap and easy way of adding some soft lighting to your portraits.
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DIY Ring Flash Created with Fiber Optics

No, this isn’t some advanced beam weapon from a sci-fi flick. It’s actually a do-it-yourself ring flash created using 150 optical fibers, with one end wrapped over the pop-up flash of the DSLR and the other end spitting out the photons in a ring-shape. If you want to learn how to make your own, here’s an in-depth writeup on how this was constructed.