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Lighting Tips

Lighting Tips – Shooting with a Ring Light

By Jules Ebe on November 5th 2013

Let there be light! At least that is the trumpeting call of all photographers. Be it natural light, ambient, studio, or mods galore, lighting is the cornerstone of photography.

Lighting modifiers has become a great way to play with light and create new effects in camera. One of the popular modifiers is the ring light – which as you have guessed, is a circular light that creates a beautiful ring catch light in the eyes. The distinct lighting tool is not without its pros and cons.

Our friends at Wistia came up with a pretty cool tutorial that reviews some of the benefits and draw backs of the ring light. Check it out.

Oh yes, and don’t forget a cool pair of shades, just in case you want to live out your hip hop dream during your next photo shoot.

Shooting with a Ring Light

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The Equipment List

In this tutorial, the Stellar 18in Fluorescent Diva Ring Light was used to create a highly stylized look.

Oh, and as for a work around for that pesky reflection problem, get up close and personal like I did with my good friend Eric Johnson a while back ;)

© Eric Johnson

After all, it is a fun mod, so play around with it and see what creative tricks you come up with.

What is currently your favorite lighting modifier?

Until Next Time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules

Image Credit: Eric Johnson

[via Wistia]


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. mostafa samir

    guys does anyone know a name of a battery operated light tube . i need it for nightclub shoots like this one attached 

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  2. Matteo

    great stuff!!! a little question for you guys, maybe a newb question: what’s the purpose of the two big black panels at 1:17 ? cheers!

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    • Guy Cochran

      Matteo – the two big black panels at 1:17 help soak up sound in rooms with echo. Bare walls bounce sound around so you’ll want heavy drapery, carpet/rugs to help absorb it. Companies like Auralex specialize in this type of material for recording studios. Expensive stuff! On the cheap, we use moving blankets to help.

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  3. Nick

    Completely agree. The ring light has its place, but it’s distracting with glasses. An interesting lighting effect with sunglasses, though.

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    • Nico Socha

      I think it is a cool light and you can use a Polfilter to avoid the reflextion when you shoot people with glasses.

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  4. Mike

    Just love the smile on you,,,,and yes thanks for the tip :)

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