Make Your Very Own DIY Ringflash!


Are you a little tight on the budget for a ready-made ringflash? Or just looking for new projects to pour your time and creativity into? Try out this make-shift DIY ringflash and repurpose a plastic bucket in the process!

Gear collectors know the value of a well-made piece of photographic equipment. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a specialized item for each photographic need? Well, you have that or you can make your own photo equipment from scratch.

This nifty tipster from photographer *Laya Gerlock* shows us how you can repurpose a bucket from a KFC dinner meal into a DIY ringflash. And yes, it can work with your flash and film SLRs.

Things you’ll need:

  • A plastic bucket (preferably one from fast food chicken bucket meals)
  • Scissors or cutter
  • Aluminum foil or aluminum tape
  • Adhesive tape and double-sided tape
  • Tracing paper
  • Pen
  • Plastic folder or illustration board


1. Cut the main part of the ring with the plastic bucket. Use about 1 ½ inch in length.

2. Then, cut a portion for your flash around the ring about 2 inches wide.

3. Trace the base of the ring around the cover of the bucket. Also, draw a smaller circle in the middle of the hole for your lens.

4. Cut the outside and the inside of the cover of the bucket for the base of your DIY ringflash. You can tape the smaller holes of the bucket cover later on.

5. Using the remaining piece of the bucket, cut a part for the inside wall of your ringflash.

6. Use tape to secure the two parts and create a cylinder.

When assembled, it will look like this:

7. For the flash connection of the ringflash, you can use the remaining cut out parts from the bucket. But Gerlock suggests you use old pieces of plastic folders because it is easier cut and shaped.

Make a rectangular shape with your piece of plastic to fit your flash.

9. Put aluminium foil or tape on the inside before you use tape to stick it all together.

10. Connect the flash attachment of your ringflash to the ring you made earlier. Make sure you measure all parts carefully so it snugly fits your camera.

11. Tape the parts together. Secure them as necessary.

12. Put aluminum foil on the inside of the ring.

And you’re done with the ring part of the ringflash. You can also decorate the outside part of the ringflash if you like.

13. And for the diffuser part, trace the outline of your ringflash on the tracing paper. Cut the tracing paper on the part of the hole for your lens and fold it and tape it to your ringflash.

14. The final product looks something like this:

There you go, your very own DIY ringflash. You just saved yourself a few bucks, learned a new gear trick and helped lessen your carbon footprint! Lomo on!

All information and photos used in this article were sourced from DIY Photography.

written by cheeo on 2014-05-31 #gear #tutorials #diy-ringflash #slr #tipster

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