Paul Duncan's Ingenious Ringlight

You want ingenuity? Paul Duncan will show you some ingenuity. The photo at left was taken with his Bogus Artificial Ringlight Fabrication, or B.A.R.F., for short.

The cost? Darn-near free.

Materials? A piece of cardboard and some foil.

Intrigued? I was.

Try for a second to figure it out. Then check out this diagram to see how he created his elegant light light for nuthin'. And check out some of the other photos in his wonderful Flickr stream, too.

Nice work, Paul.



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Anonymous Goran said...

Dave, just a tip for your speedlinks, have a look here for a ringlight version with fiber optics, and here for something little more mundane-ebay LEDs.

November 07, 2007 11:22 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Mr. Strobist,
found this really cool ringlight setup.


November 07, 2007 11:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is totally that old school dr's headband mirror/light.

November 08, 2007 12:42 AM  
Anonymous snapify said...

There's nothing like a tap from Mr. Strobist's magic wand to spring a quiet little Flickr stream to life! Thanks for the shout-out David (and many thanks for your contagious enthusiasm for the more-brains/less-gear approach to creativity).

Paul Duncan

November 08, 2007 7:24 AM  
Blogger Keith Taylor Photography said...

In school my photo department head pounded into our heads the rule in lighting...

"Angle of incidence equals the angle of reflectance"

What a great example of somebody putting that rule to use in a very clever way.

November 08, 2007 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Cham128 said...

looks nice but didn't paulo do this a long time ago?

November 08, 2007 11:05 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Hi Dave.

I did this trick a while ago to when i was fascinated with ring lights.

set up is here

and photos that resulted are here

it's not cardboard, but a plastic white ring with a couple of gobos on the two flashes. It was a bit hairy on the foot print, but it cost nothing!

November 08, 2007 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Alexander Istratov said...

Just tried to build such an elliptic thing in about 10 minutes from cardboard and aluminum paper, works wonders but the hardest thing is to get 0% spill from the flash to the subject and find the exact angle (because I was proceeding to my tests whild handhelding the whole thing :p)

November 08, 2007 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Tikkanen said...

strobist of the month award for this!

Whatta bit of thinking!

November 08, 2007 3:12 PM  
Anonymous conrad erb said...

that is a brilliant piece of thinking.

November 09, 2007 11:43 PM  
Blogger Quoc-Huy said...

Have you tried this RF with the laptop shot? You can put your RF on the laptop screen and flash at it. It may give an interesting result.

November 18, 2007 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I set my strobe to auto or ttl and dial down the EV to -2 will I get the same results?

February 05, 2008 4:34 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I made one from a Fruit Loops box. Lined the inside with foil. It was decent but I'm probably going to try a more advanced method or suck it up and get the Orbis.

December 17, 2010 6:27 PM  

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