DIY ‘Kinoflo’ Lights Using Tungsten Bulbs

In our industry where even the simplest of accessories can seem to be disproportionately expensive the allure of DIY projects can be strong. For every good DIY project there are several better left to the pros, but that said, today we have a fun one to share with you.

The crew over and Indy Mogul on Youtube recently shared this great DIY Kinoflo build they intended for video use, but that we think could also be beneficial for some some studio work. It could be a great alternative to Kino’s for those of you looking to replicate Peter Hurley’s classic headshot setup.

The interesting aspect here, from where we stand, is the use of Tungsten bulbs rather than LED strips or bulbs. This is for color accuracy as the crew in the video explain, but is also a great reminder to think about the color accuracy of your lighting.

In total for this DIY light, you are looking at everything you need after a quick trip to Home Depot or Lowes, and you have some good quality light for your studio work. It won’t have the same polished build as a professional light, no doubt, but for those looking to have better light in their studio on a budget, these are hard to beat for the money.

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.