6 Flash And 1 Cup in Photography

January 30, 2009, 08:11 AM
by Yogi Sujiwo


I should have seen this one coming. What can you do if you have a ton of SBs and a bit of duct tape? A multi-super-sb-ring-light. 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. - Fire Power : 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. - Mounting System : 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. - Coolness Factor : No doubt that this is one of the coolest solutions to the "ringlight problem". - Price : 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. - Results : The results are great both for product shoot and for portraits. Look at the shads on this shoe- classic ring light "shaded halo" The portrait sample shot 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). taken from http://www.diyphotography.net/what-can-you-do-with-six-speedlights-and-a-coffee-can

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