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What would I use a ring flash for. Macro shots or bright fill light? Saw a photographer shooting fashion in high sun using one. What is the true name for it? thanks..

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I think ring light is the name used most. It can be an effective fashion effect on close-ups especially. probably the most non directional source there is. kinda a hard light but straight on being it surrounds the lens itself. it would allow light to go all the way into a deep flower being it is not coming from any direction but straight on.'The moment you think your great is the moment you quit learning.'http://www.gawalters.com..

Comment #1

There are two types of ring flashes, ones for macro work and ones for fashion - or non-macro work; neither can do what the other does..

Here is the macro one I purchased, it's guide number tells you that it is only good for up to a few feet away from the subject, after that it's affect is "nada.".

Http://www.sigmaphoto.com/flashes/flashes_flashes_details.asp?id=3258.

Here is a ring flash used in modelling:.

Http://www.alienbees.com/abr800.html.

To be honest, I originally thought all ring flashes were the same, I thought if I bought the Sigma flash I could use it in portrait work - well, live and learn.Rationally I have no hope, irrationally I believe in miracles.Joni Mitchell..

Comment #2

Mommom wrote:.

What would I use a ring flash for. Macro shots or bright fill light?Saw a photographer shooting fashion in high sun using one. What isthe true name for it?.

As rsn48 said, both but they are different type of ring flash. There is also the more diffuse type of ring lighting called the "beauty dish.".

For portraiture, a bare ring flash creates a very distinctive look with a light shadow outlining the subject. A beauty disk creates a distinctive look as well: just watch any music video featuring a female singer. A beauty disk and matte makeup is often how they get a flawless complexion. It can be almost humorous sometimes when they cut to a male or another scene in the video to watch the character of the lighting change..

Erik..

Comment #3

Mommom wrote:.

What would I use a ring flash for. Macro shots or bright fill light?Saw a photographer shooting fashion in high sun using one. What isthe true name for it? thanks.

Hi,.

Further to what rsn48 has said, the way I think of it is this:.

If the product is described as a "ring LIGHT" or a "MACRO flash" then it usually has very little power, irrespective of how big it looks. It is therefore most likely to be good for only close-up/macro work..

If on the other hand, the product is described as a "ring flash" it is more than likely good/powerful enough for a fashion type shoot..

Here is a brilliant product that turns your existing TTL flash into a Ring Flash: http://www.flaghead.co.uk/pages/ringflash-intro.html.

Hope I have helped..

Regards,..

Comment #4

I'm quite familiar with macro ring lights but never heard of ones for portraits. It's clear that they would produce a shadowless light on the subject, and with 320 watt-seconds, the Alien Bee can do it from pretty far away..

Leonard Migliore..

Comment #5

Ring flash can be used with macro or standard photography, main or fill. I love using them for fill (no secondary shadow)Simonhttp://www.simonstanmore.com..

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