home made macro light .

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  1. machine

    machine TPF Noob!

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    just a briff history on me , i dont know much about photography yet but i man a craffty person and love thinking of this to make . Well after seeing some of the prices of macro lights i though i might try to make one .

    this is jst the first stage and will build it up more as long as i dont hit a bunch of snags

    heres a pic of the ring i used (i work at an electronics store and have those for mounting speakers)
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    i just drilled out the holes to fit some LED's in .

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    the biggest issue im having right now is i need to put more leds in to get better coverage , plus i need to defuse the light somehow so its not so direct .it works great in darkness but in light its hard to tell its on
     
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    Pretty cool idea, You could probably use a reflector of a bike or one of those white posts from the side of the road as a diffuser. :)
     
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    dam good call , that would work great .
     
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    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    How clever!

    Have you used it yet? Post some images! :)
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I've seen something similar advertised in a magazine or somewhere...I don't remember exactly but I think the LCD macro ring light I've seen, had a tube (like a lens hood but white) out past the lights. You could then set the whole thing over top of the subject. Kind of like creating a tiny light tent.

    I found this link http://www.brainerror.net/texts_macroring_en.php
     
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    It's tedious as hell but you could use fine sandpaper on the LEDs to frost 'em. I made a set of moonlights for my aquarium using high-intensity LEDs and did the same thing.

    Alternatively, you could try the chemical approach. Some solvents can frost plastic. You might also try placing one in a plastic bag with a small open dish of super glue. Cyanoacrylate fumes will really frost some plastics. I've never tried it with LEDs, though.
     
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    good idea , i havent had time to make the newer version . i do need a smaller grouping to foucus more on smaller objects but work is tireing this time of year lol . ill keep it updated though
     
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    That does look pretty cool. As you say some more LEDs might be a good idea. Adding an small angled ring aroung the outside of the lights and covering it with reflective tape might help to diffuse the light.
     

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