DIY lighting, done for you

There are many of us who are attracted by the low cost of do-it-yourself lighting equipment, but haven't the time or skill to produce something that works well. Now though, a company based in America has developed an appealing compromise.

DIY Double Flash Bracket

There are many of us who are attracted by the idea of low cost, do-it-yourself lighting equipment, but haven’t the time or skill to make something that works well. Now though, a company based in America has developed an appealing compromise. DIY Lighting Kits are affordable self-assembly speedlight accessories – effectively the Ikea of photographic lighting.

The manufacturer currently offers two different products – a ring flash adapter (vaguely resembling the format of the Orbis) and a twin flash bracket.

DIY Ring Flash

Carlsberg don’t do ring flash adapters, but the DIY Ring Flash is “probably the best ring flash ever”, or so says the manufacturer. For US$24.95 you get a three-piece kit to assemble, and for an extra $9.95 you can also get a bracket that looks a bit better than gaffer’s tape for grip.

DIY Double Flash Bracket

Also on sale is a Double Flash Bracket. For US$19.95 you too can own a metal plate, some “fabulous” rubber bands and a nut for fixing to your swivel bracket. Using multiple speedlights in one place allows you to increase the intensity of your light, or reduce power levels to save battery life and shorten recycle times. It also promises “100% on axis lighting”, whatever that means.

DIY Lighting Kits are available worldwide. For more information, please visit the company web site.

Reviews are on the way.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.
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