Top 4 Things You Can Do With A Ring Light!
Ring lights have become very popular in recent times, and for good reason. See why so many people are now using them to improve the quality of their video and photo productions every day. With a multitude of different applications, ring lights can be used at home, in the studio, or at work.
Ring lights are now an essential tool in the arsenal of content creators, vloggers, and video makers alike. With so many people now creating content from home (and indoors), ring lights make it easier to maintain a consistent source of light that shines evenly over your face without casting heavy shadows.
Whether you're making Tik Tok or YouTube videos, creating classes, live streaming, or conference calling, ring lights will help you look great on camera with their even light and reduced shadowing.
But their usefulness doesn't stop there. They also make great fill lights for photoshoots (particularly product shots) and are great for makeup application in any lighting situation.
They’re easy to set up, lightweight, practical, and cheap and can be taken anywhere with ease. Their USB power interface, where applicable, means that as well as being able to use them indoors, they can be powered outdoors with a power bank or your (charged) computer if need be. Some models do have a regular power-point plug, so do check that before you buy one, particularly if you want something that’s a bit more portable (i.e something that can be used outdoors as well).
Many ring lights can be used with a mobile phone (or tablet) by attaching them to the light or tripod stand with a phone clip or holder (often provided). There are generally 2 types of stands (or tripods) available. One is an extendable tall stand (tripod) and the other is a short counter-top type (for makeup lights etc).
Most ring lights (models will vary) have a variable dimmer switch or dimmer knob, which means you can adjust the brightness of the light (the color temperature) to suit your situation and the light or mood you want to create Their brightness can be set between a cool white and a warm yellowish glow.
Because ring lights cast an even light onto any subject the amount of shadowing is greatly reduced.
Let’s take a look at the many ways ring lights are being used and why they’ve become so popular.
As Fill Lights:
Ring lights make a great fill light in both still and video photography, indoors and out. Sometimes you just need a little extra light to highlight an image or reduce shadowing. Even if you’re shooting outdoors (video or still) with natural light, the image or video can be enhanced by a little extra light in the right place. This is true for both product and people shooting.
As Makeup, Hair & Beauty Lights:
Ring lights are being widely used in the beauty industry these days as hair and makeup lights. Also on set, in salons, and at home. They offer the perfect light for makeup and beauty applications no matter where you are. Many people use these lights when shooting makeup application videos and stills, and their ability to be dimmed means they’re perfectly suited for all skin types and tones.
For Content Creation & Video Shoots:
So many people are shooting videos these days. If it’s not for YouTube, then it's for Tik Tok or something for social media. Content creation is also in high demand as YouTubers and vloggers continually need to shoot videos to keep their content up to date and relevant.
Of course, many people are now using them to shoot ads as well, for the likes of YouTube and Facebook, so these lights are essential to them for consistent and reliable lighting results.
People are also using ring lights to shoot "how-to" videos and tutorials - like a cooking class or a video that demonstrates how something is done or made.
The possibilities really are endless!
Conference & Meeting Calls:
Ring lights can be set up anywhere beside (or in front) of you to throw a perfect light onto your face when conference calling or having a video meeting. You can also attach your phone (with a clip) directly into the middle of the ring light itself (or stand), to make it easy for a conference call or business (Zoom) meeting from anywhere.
So ...as you can see, ring lights have many practical applications when it comes to needing light for anything photo or video related. They're also cheap, portable, and easy to use.
So what will you be doing with yours?
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