In this article, you will see how you can create a portable, rechargeable light that creates a very distinctive look and catch lights for around $25.
The build begins with CREE’s Ultrafire Flashlight with two rechargeable batteries and charger. I actually have two of these at home already. This is an extremely inexpensive and powerful LED flashlight.
Everything You Should Need – DIY “Ice Light”
• 1 Ultrafire LED Flashlight ($14)
• 1 32” length of 1.5” white plumbing pipe
• 1 white pluming pipe end cap (test the light it reflects)
• 1 tie wraps
• A saw, a drill, aluminum foil, sheet of sand paper (to smooth rough edges) and scissors.
You will ultimately cut halfway through the pipe, leaving room to house the flashlight and tie into place. The pipe end will be used on to help hold the form, and voilà, you now have a light saber – I mean, a DIY version of Westcott’s Ice Light. Around $20 versus the $500 price tag for the original, this DIY is a great option for portrait photographers looking for this look on a budget.
Thank you to Simon Ellingworth, a professional photographer and the author of Lightism for this creative build.
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules