Whether you’re using one to shoot video or stills, LED light panels are a wonderful tool to have in your arsenal. But while they are available from a variety of companies, in a number of sizes and shapes, almost all quality LED light panels come with one, discouraging attachment: the price tag.
Thankfully, the above tutorial from DIY Perks breaks down how you can build your own $500 LED light panel for just under $70.
As you might have already guessed, this isn’t the easiest of DIY projects. Unless you’re fond of power tools, proficient with a soldering iron and have some technical know-how, it’s probably not be for you.
That being said, if you’re good to go on those points and have some patience, this project could very well save you a few Franklins.
The list of materials is rather long, but the image below nails down the basic necessities:
As for the creating the light panel, the video will walk you through the basic construction steps, from creating the frame to properly soldering the electronic components.
When all is said and done, you’ll end up with one of the most beautiful looking DIY projects we’ve come across; not only in form, but also function. As the infographic below shows, the LED light panel gives off a soft, neutral and continuous light, perfect for both still or motion photography:
The video is 14-minutes long, so whether it’s a project you’re ambitious enough to embark on yourself, or you just want to see how it’s done, give it a watch and let us know what you think in the comments down below.
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