DIY project: Ring Light for portraits

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I’m spending a couple of weeks in Ravenna, Italy, visiting my family and what better chance to catch up on some father-son time than with a DIY project? I was truly inspired by this Ring Light Tutorial that I found a few days ago so I gave it a try. Just to be clear, I was directing the project, but my father did all the work. He’s just amazing with this kind of stuff, I can only sit back and watch. So… cheers to him!

Let’s get started with a board of plywood. I wanted my ring to be kinda big, so my initial board was 60x75cm wide.

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Always remember: “Measure twice, cut once”.
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I wanted a 40cm wide hole, so we defined the center of it at 30cm from the top and 30cm from the side. Then we outlined a perfect circle with a radius of 20cm, originating from the previously defined center. We then outlined a 30cm circle originating from the same center to help round the corners of the board at the end.
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We drilled a hole along the inner circle.
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With a jigsaw we took out the inner circle, following the outline.
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Once we had a nice round hole in the middle, we proceeded to round two corners of the board.
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With the jigsaw we cut off the two upper corners following the outlines.
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Then we gave a solid pass with sandpaper to smooth out all the cuts.
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Then we drilled 16 holes along the border. Each hole is 30mm wide.
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We then painted it with a nice layer of wood protector, in order to avoid staining the wood during the future use.
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We then placed 16 lightbulb sockets and we wired them up together.
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We also added a switch and a long power cord.
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I then set up my Fuji X-T1 with my 56mm lens on a tripod and placed myself in front of it. The wifi remote capabilities of this camera are awesome for self portraits. Here an example:

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And this is the final result, after editing:

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