DIY Photography: Multi-Super-SB-Ring-Light
What can you do if you have a ton of SBs and a bit of duct tape? A multi-super-sb-ring-light!
This DIY photography tutorial we found is perfect for those of you who have too many SBs lying around the house with nothing to do. The idea is very simple – take 6 super-duper Nikon SBs and mount them on a cut coffee can. You can use duct tape to hold them on.
Connect 3 pocket wizards with splitters to the flashes and fire away.
No doubt that Joshua Targownik (check out his cool site) has a great idea, here are some of my thoughts on this great ring flash.
The fire power on this thing would probably blind a man on the moon. Four flashes connected will give you two stops more then a regular flash.
The two extra flashes will give a total of about 2.5 stops more then a single flash (check out the calculation of exposure). This is some fire power.
I think that used in full power though will almost remove the ringlight effect since the subject will have to be soooooo far away.
Joshua used two light stands and a tripod, since the system is kinda heavy.
I wonder if there is a solution that will both make it easier to mount and use, and will enable shooting from longer distances.
I think that a mount like the one used in this ringlight can solve both issues.
No doubt that this is one of the coolest solutions to the “ringlight problem”.
If you go out and buy it all new, you’ll in for a mortgage.
Joshua got 4 of the flashes for 25$ each, and my guess is that the other flashes double as studio lights when not mounted on this ringlight.
So the total price for this unit was 102$ dollars (4 sb28dx for 25$ each, 2 flashes from home, and 2 dollars for duct tape). All and all a nice price for this unit.
The results are great both for product shoot and for portraits. Look at the shads on this shoe above- classic ring light “shaded halo”
The portrait sample shot above is great as well, though you have to take it from up close and set the units down to1/64 or 1/32. (Check out the set up description on this shot – a total of 11 flashes).
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