6 Flash And 1 Cup in Photography
January 30, 2009, 08:11 AM
by Yogi Sujiwo
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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