Ring lights are an important part of any fashion photographer’s toolkit. Although they can be a little pricy, they’re key to achieving that “glow” on your model’s face in a studio shoot. What’s so cool about ring lights? Because they’re shaped like a circle, you can put your lens through the ring light. They eliminate any shadows and glare that would otherwise fall on your subject.
Are ring lights new inventions? Not at all, though they certainly we not created for social media, for one thing! Interestingly, ring lights were originally designed in 1952 for dentists to get well-lit shots of patients’ teeth. Manufacturers made classic ring lights with fluorescent tubes. But these days, many ring lights are made up of multiple LEDs instead, which allows them to last longer and use less power. You can use them for either continuous or flash photography, as well as for YouTube videos.
In addition to glamour shots, you can use ring lights for weddings, headshots, and portraits of all kinds. You can even use a ring flash for macro photography, such as taking close-up photos of flowers, jewelry, and other small objects. They’re a handy, professional option when a traditional lighting setup just isn’t practical.
Let’s take a look at some of the most important things to keep in mind when using a ring light for photography, including where to get one to how to put it to use. If you’re feeling creative, you can even make your own DIY ring light out of a plastic hose!
Purchasing a ring light
The type of ring light you purchase will depend on what kind of photos you plan to take. If you’re taking portraits of models in a studio, you may want to get a larger ring light, such as this 18-inch ring light with a six-foot stand. It comes with a 5400K fluorescent bulb that can dim to 20% power, a diffusion cloth, and a gooseneck stand for easy adjustments.
YouTubers and beauty bloggers may prefer a tabletop ring light with a desktop stand and fully dimmable LED bulbs. You can even find ring lights designed for selfies that clip right onto your smartphone. These are the cheapest and most portable options.
If you’re a professional portrait or fashion photographer using a ring light for photography, then you’ll probably want to get a ring light that’s designed for use with a DSLR. This LED ring light attaches right to your lens, making it perfect for on-the-go macro photography.
Remember to factor the cost of replacement bulbs into your purchase. LED lights typically last longer and use less power. Fluorescent bulbs produce more heat and are more likely to break. However, they are more diffuse and provide a slightly different color temperature.
And as you can see, ring lights put a truly professional touch on photos and video. They also come in a range of prices, making them superb for newbies and old pros alike. In a sense, they’re similar to scoring the perfect photoshoot location, which Peerspace can also help you with!
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