We all love getting our hands dirty with studio lighting equipment. Here is everything you’ll need to get a studio going. All the modifiers are DIYed so mark the next few weekends as taken. Click each image to get to the relevant project page.
DIY Beauty Dish
A Beauty Dish is a flash modifier used commonly in fashion
photography. It has a great combination of soft light and fast light fall
off. When you look at it closely, however, you find out that it is
nothing more than a terracotta bowl and a plastic jar (or a small car
mirror). By Mr. Embrey.
Dual Speedlight Mount For Universal Softbox Mount
This is a great project if you are already using speedlights in your photography. Using this adapter you will be able to use your speedlights with cheapo softboxes and strip lights. As an extra bonus, this design features a dual flash mount so you can get twice as much light (or twice as fast recycle time). By Chun Wu.
Ringflash is another flash modifier heavily used in the fashion industry. The idea is to create a light source that comes from “around the lens”. Since the light is coming from all around the lens, there is no shadow on the subject and a great shadow-halo effect behind it.
This project (which is kinda pictorial and word concise) uses a salad bowl to create the outer ring and a pineapple tin can for the inner ring. Looks like it is bowls day here. By aquaphotoboy.
Softbox With Flash Brackets
This is great project though not a trivial one. Made by using a golf umbrella and a Mylar emergency blanket, it creates a huge 36″ softbox. That kinda softbox will provide a very, very soft light.
This project also comes with a nice bonus – DIY instructions for the flash brackets made from a HomeDepot mild steel. By Dennis Dietz.
The Cozy Snoot
Last modifier for today is a snoot. The DIY part is fairly small on this one => drink beer. Throw can. Save Cozy. Self explanatory. By damon.hair.
Suction Pod Flash Mount
Now that you have all this gear, you need to find a way to place it in space. If your pad has some smooth surface, this DIY mount project is perfect for you. And there is also camera pod for the same price. By intermayer.
We are going to wrap up with another mounting option. A lightstand. But not just a lightstand. One that is made completely out of PVC. The instructions page will show exactly what PCV piping and fitting you need. How to cut them and how to glue them together. By David Truman.