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Brad Johnson , Dec 11, 2003; 05:12 p.m.

i have been searching for a fairly "simple" way of achieving nice light. nice shadows... even lighting. nothing so stylized i would need 4 lights. something very portable. i know ring flash is used primarily for macro purposes, but are there brighter ring flashes available for shooting full body lengths you can still mount on your camera?


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Mike Dixon , Dec 11, 2003; 07:20 p.m.

Yes, but they typically plug into power packs. Also, you would be severely limiting your capabilities by only using a ringlight. You can vary the look of the lighting somewhat by moving closer or further from your subject, but major changes in lighting will require additional lights anyway. Red eye and specular reflections are also a concern.

Brad Johnson , Dec 11, 2003; 09:09 p.m.

any suggestions on a nice bright portable rig for on location stuff?

what would this be?


Eric ~ , Dec 11, 2003; 09:23 p.m.

Hensel Ring Flash http://www.cameraclinic.co.nz/New%20Gear.html

Brad, that photo you linked to doesn't look like a ring flash, it looks hard and from above camera left. maybe a grid, maybe a snoot.

Go to Dirke's site for great ring flash examples, (fashion 1)


Brad Johnson , Dec 11, 2003; 10:18 p.m.

dirk franke's fashion one is primarily ring flash? from a big expensive unit you think?

Brad Johnson , Dec 11, 2003; 10:24 p.m.

ok ok

i'm with it now.

i'm seeing price ideas.


Tom Meyer , Dec 12, 2003; 04:30 p.m.

The cheapest rig I know of that will travel light, has a ring light and not need an outlet is the Norman 400B. Go to photocontrol.com... t

I want one of those ringlight for my Lumedyne! Ring lights are quite painful for the subjects.

Tom Meyer , Dec 12, 2003; 04:53 p.m.

Looking at you example, I agree with Eric, that's not a ring light. I use a Lumedyne system that is very portable. To this kit I sometimes add another stand and a flexfill. You can visit the Events page at my website and see lots of images taken with this rig, both at the Weddings and the Personal Party pages (click on the "Events" link). Here's one... t

Lumedyne in a Westcott Halo

Marc Williams , Dec 14, 2003; 07:35 a.m.

This is a ring light.

You can typically detect use of a ring light by looking at the spectral highlight in the eye (it'll be a donut); any reflective surface will also be a give away.

In studio, the ring light as main light typically throws a halo shadow around the subject, the closer to the background the more pronounced that halo is. Outdoors, that halo is far less detectable, sometimes not at all if the flash is balanced with the ambient light.

The main feature is how the straight on light wraps around the subject creating a sort of 3D effect. It creates a sort of glow to the skin...while looking somewhat graphically dramatic.

"Lily" Profoto Ring Light

Marc Williams , Dec 14, 2003; 07:38 a.m.

Here's another which shows the ring reflections in the eyes and the lens of the camera. When I use a ring light I place a piece of copper mesh in the reflector to warm the shin tones a tiny bit more.

"Julia & her Dad's Nikon" Profoto Ring Flash.

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