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testing out my DIY macro studio

I've always used diy reflectors for my product photography but never made an article about it. I was only using one light in this shot but bounced the light using a reflector that I made in less than 5 minutes. You can check out the step by step tutorial on how I made it here:


Strobist info:

Studiostrobe thru softbox camera right @ 1/16

3 Diy reflector on the left of the subject for bounced light and fill

1 Diy reflector infront of the subject for the catchlight on the lens

I needed a softbox for the weekend (at least a small one) and I wasn't able to check one out from school, so I made one.


Made from black/white matte board, gaffers tape, cheap white fabric, velcro, and superglue.


It extends 8" from the flash with a lighting surface of 10"x10", and takes the flash down by 3-stops.


I had originally planned to make it collapsible, but I couldn't figure out a good mechanism. Though, the diffuser cloth is adjustable/removable with velcro.


Lit by my Canon 430EX Speedlite with my older DIY mini-softbox at 4:30 high.


Ref : DSC_7654

Date : September 8, 2020.

DIY service light


Operating in the dark is quite complex and we cannot rely on intuition, even when we know the device very well. Instead of the classic flashlight with red light to hold with the hand, rather uncomfortable, I thought of a system to be connected directly to the camera instead of the flash. Inside a small box, there is a 3V battery that powers two folding arms at will, equipped with red LEDs. The LED light is enough to view the back of the camera or the lens settings (the length is different for this purpose). The red light does not significantly alter the adaptation to the dark and, once the operations are finished, it can be turned off using the switch located on the box. The whole is covered in waterproofed vinyl. Being all recycled material, the cost is zero and took a few minutes to assemble. Spartan but functional.

After seeing these being made around the net I decided to give it a go.

*Stainless steel salad bowl

*Convex rear vision automotive mirror


*Bit of thread rod and nuts

*Stainless bracket made and braised to bowl

*Black and White paint

Total cost $50


Results priceless.

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My DIY ringflash that I've been doing for the last few days.


(Photo, starting from top left) Description


(1) I started with a 24 cm diameter steel bown and a normal food can.

(2) Added some tape on the bowl and drew the cutting lines with the can as a guide.

(3) Bottom from the bowl and can removed. I also shortened the cat a little bit. I first drilled a hole on the bottom of the bowl and then cut the metal with metal cutters.

(4) The two parts connected with strong epoxy that was meant for metals.

(5) Hole for the flash made and few connecting holes drilled. Also the needed aluminum parts are cut and bent in shape.

(6) The bottom part covered with black hockey tape. In the photo it has a Manfrotto quick attachment plate on it. Also has a hole for attaching it to the tripod mount of the camera.

(7) The top part where the flash is attached. Made some holes for the DIY TTL flash cord.

(8) I added some plastic parts for the flash hole to make it look nicer and to prevent light from escaping too much. Next I added some putty to finish it (wasn't necessary but I got too carried away again with the building).

(9) Putty and the bowl fully sanded and waiting for some gray primer and matte black finish.

(10) Painted and finished. Added some black hockey tape on the can's edge to prevent it from scratching the camera.

(11) Close up of the flash hole. A little bit of aluminum foil tape on the inside and black hockey tape on the edge.

(12) White thin fabric streched and being glued on the edges to get some diffusion to the light. There is a rubber band holding the fabric to the can.


See the finished righflash:

* DIY ringflash finished, without camera

* DIY ringflash finished, with camera


Cost: bowl 3€, can 0€, aluminum 1€ + some extra costs from paints etc. but I'm not going to count them to the total. Cheap anyway.


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DIY - Kalender zu selber basteln auf Yotube Kanal "DIY Jörg"

This isn't my regular kind of post here.😉 I just want to share with you my helping lights for macro photography. I watched a video last month of this tip and wanted to try it myself. It worked indoor for my last photos but I want to use it for outdoors. I used here a velcro wrap tie and some cheap mini led flashlight keychains an wrapped around my heavy used Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens. You can turn on/off the ones you need, add more lights or rotate the band around the lens to adjust the light position. Well, it worked for me and I'll post some macro photos from outdoors soon, too windy and cold now!!! (I already have a ring flash, too.)

As part of the on going softbox making competition this is second one of the series, from enchanting kerala diy team. you could find the full tutorial with pictures here.


do let me know your comments and suggestions





A Sunday DIY ...cucumber and rosewater eye mask!

Decoupaged bucket with napkin technique

I took this idea from


EDIT: I just took those 2 clips off as I realised they were not needed and I could slip the keyring style hoop straight onto the thumbscrew.

just add your own text.........

you're welcome :)

ANSH scavenger16 Heart

ODC "all you need is" (text)

Smile on Saturday -- DIY Smiley

More of a ho-hum than a smile but I did it myself. :-))

All stuff you can get at any hardware store


-plastic ring

-tin foil

-black silicone


-black spray paint


-black foam core

DIY Headband! A very cute headband with paper flowers attached.. By Request of our very own Whisper Mizin.

District 5 starts tomorrow and geek. is in the Indie District!

<3 All original mesh & can be found in 8 diff colors. One shown in pic is with black & white comics look :3

geek. <3

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DIY house building project taking shape despite the rather unsteady looking home made ladder. Bata, Bacolod City, Philippines

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My Pile is done! See how they're all made in these videos on my blog.


Also You can SIGN UP for the DIY Postcard Swap spring 2020, if you're interested. Read more here.

Diy wriststrap

tutorial @ by the lovely aimee ray

A new video tutorial over on my blog.

Just finished this and I love it!

a DIY Macro diffuser thats been a better idea than my other card one lol, its a thin white plastic bowl, i cut a hole in the bottom and the Raynox lens holds it tightly in place.

Cheap too :-)

A little white balance play turned this regular moon into my own blood moon...

A postcard I got in the 10th year anniversary of iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap spring 2020.

mit Einsteckblende.


2 Linsen, symmetrisch angeordnet.

26.5mm Dia. x 123mm FL, Positive Meniscus Lens, Grade 2 (#73-479)

Pre-production units of DIY Tamo just came in. Look for her in your toys/book/record stores starting from March!


It is a DIY toy, it comes nothing but a great price. :D

A ring flash is such a popular and easy DIY project that I finally couldn't resist the temptation to make one myself. I'll post some detailed instructions on how to make one (like this) when I have more time, but most of you should be able to figure out the essentials just by looking at the finished product.




- plastic dome (originally intended for covering food in a microwave oven)

- a tin (sans fruit salad)

- something with male filter threads on it; I used a very cheap Cokin P filter holder clone

- aluminium baking foil


Total cost of materials (excluding paint and glue) was approx. €7 (and we ate the fruit salad from the tin; it's included as a bonus). Of course, a regular flashgun is also required, and with this method of mounting the flash you need some way to trigger it off-camera (optical triggering by the built-in flash would work nicely since light from the trigger flash is blocked by the dome).


One thing to consider with this method of construction is that the lens cannot have rotating filter threads (when zooming or focusing), because they almost certainly would not welcome having to fight the weight of the ring flash, and the flashgun position would change during focusing (mine doesn't fall even if it's under the ring, but I wouldn't count on it). The best lens for this is a prime with internal focusing (i.e. length doesn't change depending on focus), but an extending macro lens worked fine in my experiments. For flimsier lenses it is probably better to mount the ring on the camera somehow (e.g. with some kind of holder attached to the tripod threads), or hand-hold the flashgun above the ring instead of supporting its weight on it.

- Thanks to everyone who looked at my picture, favors and have commented. Please press "L" or "Z" for a large view - an absolute must to fully enjoy this picture!

DIY Periskop 2,3/98

Blende 9 (Eingelegte Lochblende)


DIY Paradise


cotton, salt, cooked sugar, tin foil, feathers & canvas.


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DIY day - bathroom cabinet

What happens when your vertical alignment is out on your Leica M8? You can either send it to Solms, get an experienced RF techie to do it or you DIY. I opted for the latter for the sake of time and the fact that some RF techies didn't want to touch it. So, I bought a the Zhou vertical tool ( and fixed it myself. According to the description of the tool, it doesn't cater for the M8/M9, but it does actually work with the M8 (and I assume the M9).


Although I look a bit spack-handed with DIY in the YouTube videos, but I've fixed the Epson R-D1S alignments myself so I thought the M8 couldn't be much harder. The only tough part was getting the Leica badge off, which was a bit of a toughie. What you have to do is to repeatedly push it clockwise then anti-clockwise until the glue underneath it gives way. I would advise using a plastic object (something that won't scratch) to push under the left side of the "L" and then under the right side of the tail of the "L". Finally, it will slide off, revealing bits inside. It's a bit dark inside, but shine a bright light and you can make out where the hole is. This is a special tool that fits into the slot. Some would recommend using acetone (nail polish remover) to loosen the glue up a bit so you can make the amendments.


P.S. If you are not confident in doing it, then I would strongly recommend taking it to someone who knows what they are doing. One really needs to be quite delicate with it as it's easy f*ck it up. I did it because I am chi sin.

Ok, here is: My DIY ring flash.

Salad Bowl, cut a hole in the middle, placed a pineapple tin can, made another square hole for the flash on the side. Made a bracket out of alumium and shaped it in the way shown above. Flash is a Canon 580ex, triggered by a cable.

The diffuser is a piece of plastic folder I had with documents :-)

The tin of pineapple has a piece of aluminium foil around it so it reflects more light. I love the lighting effect this flash produces. I will upload photos soon (When I find my model)


For DIY Beauty Dish, click here

I hope you like it, any question or comments are more than welcome.

My husband and friend have been busy doing some DIY this week and the 'toolbox' theme popped into my mind. Another one ticked off the list :o)


117 pictures in 2017 (23) in or from the toolbox

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