Ring lights used to just be a fun type of portrait lighting style, but now are becoming more and more popular for YouTubers and vloggers who need a soft, even light on their face for a camera that sits close to them. Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter is a self-proclaimed do-it-yourself enthusiast, and made this tutorial on how to make a light that is similar to a ring light, but creates a triangle shape instead of a circle.
As you might have guessed, this source of light in this DIY comes from LED strips, but Pike gets into how he mounted, wired, and installed a dimmer into the final unit. You'll need some basic tools like a soldering iron, drill, and maybe a small saw if you wanted to cut some small pieces of wood to replicate his project. Lots of other options might exist if you have access to something like a 3D printer, for example.
Powering the unit comes from a small 12V battery unit. While it might not have a ton of throw, this is pretty novel for a low-cost, battery-powered solution. In all, this cost Pike about $92.
In case you missed it, our own Fred van Leeuwen recently wrote a pair of articles about making DIY light modifiers.
[via DSLR Video Shooter]