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The DIY Spider Lightish Thingo

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Olympus OMD E-M5 +  Pana-Leica 25mm f1.4  | 320 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200

I took the portrait above of a colleague of mine, who rolled into work today with a DIY lighting rig he threw together over the weekend. Made of six under-counter fluorescent lights rigged to a speedring, the light creates some pretty unique catchlights in your subject’s eyes, and the relatively low output means you can shoot comfortably at large apertures. Very cool:

Setting this contraption on top of a light stand drew a lot of attention, so there were plenty of subjects to test the rig on:

We’re trying to come up for a name for this thing, and are at totally at a loss. Hmmm….I guess Spider Lightish Thingo will have to do for now.


All shots taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M5 with either the 25mm f/1.4 Pana-Leica or the M. Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 lens.

Written by Jonathan

July 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

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  1. This is so awesome!!!!! I can’t believe you took these with the OMD, they look great!


    July 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm

  2. Way cool! Also love the pictures you took as behind the scene. Didn’t expect the pics from the Olympus. Beautiful pics


    July 2, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  3. That thinga-ma-bob is really awesome! I love how it makes the design in your subject’s eyes. How about calling it “The Light Sabor”, as it reminds me of the light sabors they used in Star Wars!


    July 3, 2012 at 5:54 am

  4. That’s really cool – the pattern in the eyes is almost sci-fi-like.

    Kevin Buchanan

    July 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

  5. Jon, nice to also see this featured on Fstopper:


    July 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm

  6. That is an awesome light setup 😀 How have you been man?


    July 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm

  7. These are incredible. The lighting is superb. Can’t wait to get my OMD 😉

    Omkar Shivaprasad

    July 8, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  8. Whoa…. so creative! And trippy! I love it.


    July 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

  9. looks like you guys had a lot of fun with it 🙂

    in the last picture her eyes look amazing.


    July 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

  10. i’d call it Bug-eye. great light, but given that i’m neither a fan of spiders or bugs, i don’t like what’s goin’ on with the eyes. 😉

  11. haha, I have to agree with Jackie here – the catchlights are a bit trippy, but the reflections on the eye glasses are definitely really cool.


    July 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

  12. Really cool look! loving the catchlights

    Anthony Finney

    July 28, 2012 at 5:57 am

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