This 3D printed lighting rig is a great DIY build for your photo and video projects. It uses an Adafruit Trinket and NeoPixel LEDs. It’s also portable and battery powered or you can plug it into the wall. Your phone snaps onto the 3D printed bumper, making a great lighting solution for your front facing camera.
Dedicated white LED
In a previous project, we made a ring light for DSLR camera using a 60 NeoPixel ring. This new version uses RGBW type NeoPixels which produces much better lighting. White light from RGB type NeoPixels produces a reddish hue on skin tones and gives an unnatural color temperature. RGBW type of NeoPixels provide dedicated white light which produces much better color temperature. Combining RGB colors together creates a white light but this just doesn’t look too good on camera.
We recommend walking through the following tutorial to get familiar with the components used in this project.
- 4x NeoPixel 1/4 60 Ring - Natural White
- 2x NeoPixel Stick - 8 x 5050 RGBW LEDs - Natural White
- Flex Perma-Proto
- Adafruit Trinket (3V or 5V)
- Adafruit Trinket Lipo Backpack
- Slide Switch
- 3/8" to 1/4-20 Tripod Adapter
- 2500mAh Lipo Battery
- Swivel-Head Pan Tilt Tripod Adapter
You'll need the following tools and supplise to build this project.