Part of taking great photos is great lighting. Thankfully, this light wand produces soft, even lighting thanks to an LED torch in the hilt and some clever use of PVC piping. And it does it all without the glaring harshness you would get if you just turned the torch on and shone it on your subject.
This tip comes to us from Simon Ellingworth, award-winning photographer and author of the photography education blog Lightism (and who's helped us with other photo tips in the past). He used a simple LED torch (he specifically bought this Ultrafire model from Amazon, but any LED torch will do), PVC pipe, a PVC end-cap for the pipe and some zip ties to keep the torch in place. From there, he cut out enough of the pipe for the torch to rest inside, assembled the whole thing.
If this looks familiar to his previously mentioned glowstick light, it's because he used the same parts — the LED torch provides a brighter, more even light, but he notes you still have to play with the angles to get it looking just right. Hit the link below to see how he made it and some sample photos he took with the light wand.