p5: high CRI LED studio light panel (teaser)

If you read my previous post, you’ll know that one of the projects I have been thinking about making is an LED studio/work light. I’ve been wanting better lighting to take nicer pictures and video. Unfortunately, I don’t get a ton of natural light in my home and even if I did, the ease of having a portable light that could be mounted to a tripod or light stand had me thinking. Of course, my first thought was to determine whether it would be more economical to just purchase a light because these types of panels are very common in photography. A quick search later, it was clear that I could make my own light for a fraction of the cost. I won’t begin to claim that what I build will be better than something you can buy, but it will be more than sufficient for my uses.

So, this post is a bit of a teaser. One of the things I spent a lot of time thinking about was how I was going to mount the light to a tripod. I had a few requirements:

(1) The light has to be tilt adjustable using the tripod’s ball head.
(2) The light needed to be mountable on a tripod or light stand.
(3) The light needed an easy mounting system to allow two lights (I am making two) to be quickly attached, creating a large panel.
(4) The mounting system needed to be easy to use and not detract from the aesthetics of the panel itself.

What I came up with is in the picture below. Not sure how it works? Well, that’s why this post is a teaser. More details to come in the next post.

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