A New Ring light for Macro Photography

salt robot ring light

salt robot ring light (more info). Note LED ring reflection in eyes.

I’ve experimented with macro photography before, but the lighting can be quite difficult to get right since the lens is generally in the way. Fortunately, there is an alternative called a “ring light.” I bought this model for around $30 on Amazon, and I’ve put my results in a gallery after the “read more” link.

You can also use it as a flash-alternative for relatively close-up shots, like the below photo of a dog toy.  It also works for video lighting.  For photography, I found it best to turn the light on continuous instead of flash, as it won’t adjust your exposure settings for you in this mode (at least I haven’t figured it out yet), and you’d have to compensate for it manually.

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Dog Toy – ring light on continuously

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Overexposed with ring flash

One thing that was a challenge using this was getting my macro adapter (Amazon), which has two male threads, to fit onto the male-threaded adapter for the light. This was easily accomplished by Continue reading

Juggling Time-Lapse Video in Austria Explained

juggling time-lapse video in citySomething quickly moving, like, you would think, balls being juggled, isn’t a good subject for a time-lapse sequence. The juggling time-lapse video below, however, looks amazing; like the balls are held in their patterns as streaks. It was produced by Lukas Trötzmüller and Joachim Hering, and was meant to highlight the juggling scene in Graz Austria and as an experimental movie.

I had no idea this was a common thing there, but it sounds like a really interesting place to visit.

The video looked to me like since the juggling is done in a repetitive motion, the balls appear to stay in one place as a streak. The answer is quite a bit more involved, and I was able to catch up to Lukas for the rest of the story after the video: Continue reading

A DIY GoPro Handle Light

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“Gopro Team Waalwijk” wrote in to tell us about a method for attaching a light to a GoPro handle. The video is mostly about how to properly attach zip-ties to attach the headlamp to the handle. As seen after the “read more,” it’s well-produced, and the resulting video, taken on a Hero3 Black in otherwise total darkness, can be seen just after the 3:00 mark. Continue reading