The DIY Spider Lightish Thingo


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.

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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.

12 thoughts on “The DIY Spider Lightish Thingo

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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