This blog is devoted to the application of optical fibers in photography. I have several homemade (DIY) flash adapters channeling the light from the flash close to the lens. The technique can be used mainly for macro photography, but I will show examples for wide angle close focus techniques as well. The recent version is called fiberstrobe V3, hence the name of the blog is "fiberstrobe".

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The beginning: "Light tentacles"

I created my first fiber optic adapter in 2007 March. It was very clumsy but worked well. The idea was coming from a Hungarian macro photography forum. Here is a picture of the adapter:

I used 0.5 mm diameter optical fibers as I remember around 30 fibers per tentacle. Overall 4 tentacles were channeling the light from the external flash. I used eppendorf tubes at the end as light modifiers:
Attachment of the bundles was a bit complicated but using duck tape and cardboard finally I've created an OK solution:

And some result with the rig:

Positioning of the tentacles were bad. I've used a shrink tube to hold together the fibers and a copper wire to hold the position of the tentacle but it didn't work well. The laboratory test tubes were to small to work as effective diffusers. Nevertheless, it was a good experiment to prove the concept.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting concept. Question, was the usage of the fibers involved enough to transmit close to 100% of the available light from the flash?