My DIY macro light rig for handheld shooting

Discussion in 'Lighting Forum' started by scottz, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. scottz

    scottz Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 18, 2011
    Littleton, CO
    I rigged this up a year or so ago. I found a pair of low powered Olympus T20 flashes, added a cheap wireless setup, and some other hardware.


    This is the rig I made. Future versions of it will have different spacing to fit my new M5 better, use both flashes, and mount to a tripod.


    Here is a shot I made with this set up. The T20 is low powered, but is enough for me to go to f22 at a reasonably low ISO on the E-PL1 and still shoot handheld.

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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Nice setup, great shot.
  3. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 28, 2014
    British Columbia
    This may be a noob question (I almost never use flash), but how do you control exposure and the amount of light from the flashes? Did you just experiment to learn the right settings or are you using TTL automatic settings somehow?
  4. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    It's gotta be manual with a flash like that.
    One option (e.g. for a back-lit scene) is to expose for the scene without the flash, and then use the flash for fill... you have to raise the power manually until you get what you like. This is useful if you don't want to lose the background.

    Another option is to use a handheld flash meter.

    @scottz@scottz, what did you use for the sock-like piece?

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  5. scottz

    scottz Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 18, 2011
    Littleton, CO
    It's a diffuser I got off And yes, everything is manual with this setup.
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  6. Shadetree

    Shadetree Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 1, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Did you make the flash bracket?
  7. Yes, I made the shiny parts, but none of the anodized parts. I have access to a partial machine shop.
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