Hello there folks,
How are you?
My name is Sebastien and i subscribed specialy because i had to share this great idea...
It's the most simple Do it Your Self Ringlight there can possible be!
I didn't see this idea around anywhere on Flickr and i searched alot for these things so if i am right i might set a new trend here.
Here's the thing: a friend of mine showed his new 23inch apple monitor and talked about how bright it whas and how it almost functioned as a lamp to light his room with, and demonstrated it to me in the dark.
I had my new Canon 30D with me and all the sudden i thought, yup, it's big, it's bright... Hey! it's a great candidate for a ringlight.!
So we quickly created some white shapes on black backgrounds and played around with these and we had some GREAT results!
Later on when i whas alone at my moms place, i whas sitting behind her old 15inch CRT monitor and thought: would the same trick work with this small thing? Well... here are the results of that session and of other sessions too, so judge for yourself.
You want to do this too?
There are some things you must know first though.
A monitor is in the end not THAT bright, so you need a dark room with as litle other light as possible.
You also must have a camera with good ISO performance, i shot this pictures on ISO 1600, and trust me, you will need it, shutter speeds are sometimes way below 1/30.
A fast lens, with a minimal F2.8 will help you here as well, and a good lowlight autofocus too, there is always manualfocus ofcourse.
Then when you match the most of these requirements there is only one thing left to do:
Point your camera at your face with it's back facing the monitor in the middle of your DIY ringlight shape , hold very still and say:... Cheese!!!
I Added some "Monitor Ringlights" (as i call them), so you can take of right away.
So have fun, it's the easiest way to find out what a ringlight will do to your pictures.