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Old Jan 11, 2007, 2:20 AM   #1
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here is a sample picture taken with my DIY ringlight (made up of 16- 40 watts compact flourescent bulb).

how can i improve the pictures i'm shooting with this DIY ringlight aside from post processing.

thanks in advance for any suggestion or comment.
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Old Jan 11, 2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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Flourescent lights of any kind don't produce a continuous spectrum of light because the light is produced by phosphers so you may encounter strange colour problems like greenish skin tones. Other than trying to correct in post processing you may wish to consider a solution that produces a continuous spectrum such halogen lights or a real ring flash.
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Old Jan 11, 2007, 1:52 PM   #3
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There are several DIY sites detailing making ring lights using eveyrthing form normal bulbs to halogens and even leds. All look a bit bulkey.

There are a few that show how to make a dish out of styrofoam or plant pot trays and use a couple of normal flashes into drive light into it. Here is one http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/09...ing-flash.html

Real ringlights tend to be a bit on the expensive side, even relatively inexpensive White-Lightning Zeus 2500w/s ring light runs over 1000$ by the time you have bought the 2500 w/s power pack(800$) and the head (300$). http://white-lightning.com/zeusinfo.html
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Real ringlights tend to be a bit on the expensive side, even relatively inexpensive White-Lightning Zeus 2500w/s ring light runs over 1000$ by the time you have bought the 2500 w/s power pack(800$) and the head (300$). http://white-lightning.com/zeusinfo.html
http://www.alienbees.com/abr800.html

The alien bees one is just under $400. I haven't used one or anything like it, just throwing it out there...
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Real ringlights tend to be a bit on the expensive side, even relatively inexpensive White-Lightning Zeus 2500w/s ring light runs over 1000$ by the time you have bought the 2500 w/s power pack(800$) and the head (300$). http://white-lightning.com/zeusinfo.html
http://www.alienbees.com/abr800.html

The alien bees one is just under $400. I haven't used one or anything like it, just throwing it out there...
Also soon to be my next purchase.........(I ordered it already & can pick it up at their facility in the next few weeks....just a few hrs away. Plus, they offered to give me a free tour, lunch and lessons on how to get the best use from it). This company ROCKS!!
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Looking forward to some great examples! Any chance of getting Jess back in front of the lens?:love:
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Looking forward to some great examples! Any chance of getting Jess back in front of the lens?:love:
Maybe.....we've been in touch recently.
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Bugger!!!!! You got one !!!!
All I got when I called was an we are out of stock until sometime later this month.

Bit of a difference between the A/B ABR800 (320w/s) and the W/L Zeus (2500w/s) :idea:

I was opting for the ABR because I did not want to flash-fry or cook my subjects :G

Grab a moon-unit too, and here's hopeing for some great results!
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Old Jan 26, 2007, 9:40 AM   #9
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Weelllll doggie!
Fedex says my co-horts ABR800 righlight arrives today.
And mine is due in on Monday!! WhooHoo.

And only 123$us each to the Fedex man and 50$cdn each to the Canadian Tax man to get them here.

Looking forward to trying the new old style lighting :!:
This type of lighting used to be quite popular a long time ago.
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