We love horrible hacks like this. It’s a lens and a ring of LEDs, taped to a cell phone. Powered through crocodile clips, also taped to the cell phone. There’s nothing professional here — we can think of a million ways to tweak this recipe. But the proof of the pudding is in the tasting.
The source of this hack was deleted, but the image above is all your really need to recreate this. It’s no secret that the secret to good photography is good lighting. And for macro photography, shadows are always just exactly where you don’t want them. A ring light gets rid of them by lighting up the scene from all angles around the lens. And what’s a ring light, really? A ring of lights.
What you maybe don’t know, unless you’ve tried it, is that any old magnifying lens works pretty well to get up-close macro photos out of a regular camera. The better the lens, the better the results, naturally, but you’d be shocked how far you can go with just a cheap piece of lenticular acrylic.
Add tape and you’re done. Or you could take things to the opposite extreme.
Thanks [Peter] for the tip.