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Simone Italia
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member since: 5/9/2008
 

Ring Flash: What Is It?


Exactly what does a "ring flash" do?

7/25/2008 7:36:08 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  It provides light like any other flash. It's just that its shape has unique characteristics that give a different look than other types of flash. You can use it for fill flash and as a main light. If you've ever seen those make-up mirrors that have a light that goes all around the outside of the mirror, that's the same thing.

7/25/2008 7:41:30 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
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member since: 11/16/2004
  Simone, I own a ring flash and it's great but not nearly as easy to use as I thought. I do have a red-eye issue I had to learn to combat ... never had a problem with the 22" beauty dish I own. It does provide a great look in portraits with the cool kinda shadow/halo around the entire subject. I've used both the Profoto and Alien Bee (own the AB). Not sure of your level of light knowledge/ability, but I'd say you should be at least intermediate/advanced to use it on a shoot. That being said, I shoot professionally and can't afford to shoot photos that aren't high quality when the model/agency is paying me by the hour to produce high-quality images.

7/25/2008 10:33:19 AM

 
Bob Fately

member since: 4/11/2001
  As Mr. La Grange points out, ring flash is another source of light. Besides giving a shadow-free type of lighting to subjects for portraiture (sometimes used in studios), smaller ring flashes (like the Sigma EM140DG) are usually used in macro photography, to afford even lighting where a shoe-mounted flash might cast shadows across the subject that's too close.

7/25/2008 10:33:55 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
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member since: 11/16/2004
  you can see the smaller (Macrophotography) ringflash on CSI...easy example.

7/25/2008 11:21:40 AM

 
Simone Italia
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member since: 5/9/2008
  Thank You.

7/25/2008 12:52:43 PM

 

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