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Tips & Tricks

DIY: Build a Simple Ring Light Using LED Strips and a Frisbee For Around $30

By Hanssie on September 29th 2014

Photographers tend to have a love/hate relationship with ring lights. While ring lights may look great for some situations, in others, they may be completely dreadful. So why spend a couple hundred dollars on a ring light when you can just rig one together for around $30?

We’ve featured a few DIY ring lights in the past, but I don’t think any as easy as the one you’re about to see in the following video. This one involves a frisbee and a strip (or two) of LED lights. In the video made by Film Riot, they use the Sylvania Mosaic Flexible Light Kit which have adhesive backs so you can stick them to anything for additional lighting. You can also change the colors of the light as well for varying effects.

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The ring light isn’t super strong, but can also be used for a fill light, as pointed out in the video. It’s not the prettiest lighting hack out there, but it is a great alternative for those handful of shots that would be great with a ring light, without the price tag.

(As a bonus, the end of the video talks a bit about using royalty-free music and some of the companies they use. We also love The Music Bed, which they mention in the clip).

[REWIND: YOUTUBE STAR SUED FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT – USE ROYALTY FREE MUSIC, FOLKS!]

[Via No Film School]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com. Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kurk Rouse

    Personally, I’d like to build one that’s much larger for stills

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  2. Clare Havill

    Great way to have fun with a ring light with out investing in the real thing.

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  3. Herm Tjioe

    The possibilities of these little flexi-LED strips are endless.

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