Ring light (20 replies and 12 comments)
Hi there, Mr. Deakins! I am working on my first indie feature film, and it’s a family project! So, we needed more light. I’m a huge fan of yours, so my mom and dad came to me this morning and said that we were going to build a Roger Deakins ring light! I was so excited! So, I just wanted to share a picture with you and everyone on the forum of my dad, my sister, and me (my mom’s taking the picture) of mid-build of the ring light. It’s now done and it looks great! Thank you for your inspiring artistry and your openness and transparency to share your methods with us on this site and your new podcast!
All the best,
That’s awesome! What type of bulbs did you end up using for it?
Good luck on the feature film!
Wow! That is so well made!
Thank you, Mr. Deakins! That means so much to me that you replied!! Just so you know, I’m the one in the center. I’m in tears that you responded to me. Your comment has honestly validated that, as a woman, I can be in this creative world surrounded by great men who support EVERYONE in this beautiful craft we call cinematography. Thank you so much! I hope you and James are well!!
To answer the previous post by GurvirRiar, we used 60w household bulbs. Thank you for the support!
P.S. Here’s a picture of it all lit up. And, also, Mr. Deakins, my mom is a great cook. You and James are welcome any time!!
Hey Ava, great job! I'm actually in the middle of designing my own ring light as well. I was going to make one that has a 6ft diameter and is collapsable. How much does your whole rig with the bulbs weigh?
Best of luck with the feature! 🙂
Thank you for the encouragement! The whole rig with the bulbs weighs 19.4 lbs.
And, with the center of the original light, we built another one!
Very impressive! Did you figure out the costings for each unit minus labour.
Thank you! Roughly $150 for the pair.
Thankyou, that is very good.
Nice job with the ring light. I'd like to see what it looks like on camera! I never used ring lights until hearing about them on this site. The picture is of one I designed myself that is pretty simple to do and doesn't require any wiring. I went to the hardware store Lowes and bought some clamp work lights and attached them to a wooden frame with a baby pin wall plate drilled into the reverse side that is on a c stand.
This image is what the ring light pictured above looks like on camera. I have 8 x 72 watt incandescent bulbs on the ring light that is off screen left keying the subject from about three feet away. The light from behind is coming from a practical lamp with a 72 watt incandescent bulb, which serves as a slight back light. I bounced some fill in on the right side with a silver reflector, but kept the fill side mostly in shadow. The shot is underexposed by two stops to give a dark night time feel. I have dimmers on each bulb on the ring light and they are slightly dimmed here, which warms them up a bit. The white balance of the camera was set to 3800K which helps add more warmth (the bulbs are 2800K).
I love it! What an ingenious way to get the job done!!!
Mitchell, what camera and lens are you using, because, I’m not kidding, that is a really pretty shot.
The camera was a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K with a Zeiss CP.2 18mm lens.
The glass on Zeiss is gorgeous!!! No wonder!!
That’s a beautiful shot! I love how the practical light distinguishes the subject from the background and gives the shot dimension. And I think the ring lights complete it beautifully.
Brilliant! You might look into using lightweight aluminium (aluminum) instead of that ply. The ring can be far lighter that way. You could also probably find some lighter porcelain sockets than those you are using. I had a ring that was 14' diameter and so light I could suspend it from four ceiling light sockets.
Hey Roger, I was currently looking to have my aluminum ring made out of 2" x 1" hollow channel with a wall thickness of 1/16. The ring would have a 6ft diameter and be collapsable (2 semi circles attached with hinges). It is pretty thinly walled, so I will have a crosshair sort of brace in order to help fight against flexing.
Was this specific ring light of yours made out of aluminum? It looks so clean and simple. What are those little silver circles in between each of the sockets?