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How To Use A Ring Light For Food And Product Photography

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Food photography is the act of taking high-quality imagery of food items and meals. Product photography is the act of taking promotional imagery of a certain product for marketing purposes. These types of photography are sought after by businesses and companies across the world, plus many bloggers and affiliate marketers require these skills to conduct their work.

Both food photography and product photography require a professional-grade camera and outstanding photography skill/knowledge. They also require excellent lighting to ensure crisp and clear photography of the food item or product. If you follow photography trends and some of the world’s best product photographers, you will have already noticed that many leading photography experts are starting to use ring lights Australia as an effective tool for brightening and smoothening their product photography.

Whether you’ve already gone ahead and purchased a ring light, or you plan on buying one for product photography purposes, we have some advice that may help you. Here are some of our top tips for using a ring light to assist with generating excellent food and product photography.

1. Use a ring light that is as large as the product you are photographing.

If you use a ring light that is too small, you will notice that not all angles and aspects of the product are being lit up appropriately. There may be unsightly shadows or overbearing highlights generated if you use a ring light that is too small. The lack of power from a small ring light may also reduce the quality and detail of your images.

Alternatively, a ring light that is too large might deliver an unnecessarily powerful light over the product. You don’t want a ring light that is cumbersome or difficult to use, so it is worth weighing up whether you really need a supersized ring light.

Before purchasing a specifically sized ring light, it’s also important that you consider whether your professional DSLR camera is going to fit in the centre of the light. Most photographers will choose to mount their camera in the middle of the ring light, so you need to ensure your ring light has a large middle area that will suit the size of your camera. To ensure you are choosing an appropriate ring light, you might want to measure up your camera and then look at the specifications of the ring light online. If you’re unsure how large the centre area of the ring light is, contact the ring light company to query the exact sizing. All the best ring light Australia businesses would be happy to respond to your unique queries.

Because some products are huge and others are small, most professional product and food photographers tend to have a selection of ring lights that they can have handy at photoshoots. This way, they will have a perfect lighting option to suit every product they are photographing for their client. If they are shooting multiple different products at the same photoshoot, they will be able to use a different ring light whenever they are shooting a different sized product. Easy peasy!

If you want to set up your product photography business well, but don’t have the funds to purchase several ring lights, you might want to consider an Afterpay ring light. Afterpay ring lights allow you to have your ring lights delivered immediately, but you won’t have to pay the full purchase price upfront. It’s a perfect financial solution for budding businesses and entrepreneurs.

2. Experiment with where you want to position your ring light.

The most common and popular way to use and position your ring light for food and product photography is by positioning the light directly in front of the product itself. By placing your ring light perfectly in line with the product and approximately one to two metres away, you will create a professional and desirable lighting effect.

But, the standard way to use a ring light isn’t necessarily what you should settle with. We highly recommend experimenting with your ring light to see if there are other angles and positions that suit your photography style better. Some of our customers prefer to position their ring light Australia above the product, as this can cast the light downwards over the item. This will highlight the top of the product and sometimes create an appealing shadow on the table or floor where the product has been rested.

Generally, placing your ring light behind the food or product will cause the background light to be too bright for a high-quality image. However, it could generate an arty effect, which could still be preferrable in some circumstances.

If you position your ring light at a 45-degree angle from the front of the product, you could again achieve a unique shadow effect over the product. Depending on where you plan to use your photography, this could be a desirable effect for some marketing purposes. For example, if you want to use the photograph on a marketing brochure or website banner, you could have a fade in/fade out effect with some text over the shadow that was created in the image.

There really are no limits as to what you achieve when you get creative with a ring light. Once you become familiar with your new ring light Australia, you will have no problems intuitively positioning your ring light in specific ways to achieve certain effects. Just like anything, practice makes perfect – so don’t be afraid to spend some quality time with your ring light to get to know it a little better.

3. Mount your professional camera in the centre of the ring light.

It goes without saying, but you should always mount your camera in the centre of the ring light. If your ring light Australia comes with a dedicated ring light tripod and camera mount, you should make sure you use it. A sturdy mount will reduce any shake or bump (otherwise known as ‘noise’) that might slightly blur your photograph. To further reduce any noise, you can set your camera onto a timer so that you can remove your hands and body from the camera before it takes the image. Because you are ensuring there is no movement in or around the camera, you will have the best chances of obtaining a crystal-clear image.

By placing your camera in the centre of the ring light, you are allowing your lens to capture all the lighting without a shadow being cast over the product. When using standard non-circular lights, you will notice that your body and the shape of the camera tend to cast an undesirable light over the subject you are trying to photograph. Even just holding your camera in the middle of the ring light (rather than mounting it) is better than using the camera from an unusual angle or outside the ring light centre.

Before purchasing a ring light, you should always check that the item comes with a tripod and camera mount. Some ring lights only have a smartphone mount or mirror mount, which might not be strong enough to hold a heavy professional DSLR. If the ring light doesn’t come with a tripod and mount, you might want to consider purchasing a different ring light that’s more suitable to your needs. Alternatively, you can try to find a tripod that will match the exact ring light you are buying.

In our online ring light store, you will find that all of our ring lights Australia come with unique special features and handy accessories. Some of the common accessories you might notice are included with our popular professional ring lights include: tripods, smartphone mounts, mirror mounts, carry bags, fold-down tripods, desk stands, remote controls, and more.

4. Adjust the brightness of your ring light accordingly.

As a food or product photographer, you will know that every studio or setting is different. Food bloggers, in particular, will know that the lighting within restaurants and cafés can be vastly different depending on the interior design of the venue and whether you have been seated near a window or not. As such, it’s important that you have a ring light where you can easily adjust the brightness settings.

Dimming your ring light may be necessary in locations and environments where there is ample room lighting or ambience from the sun to light up the product or food item already. This will ensure you are still lighting the product professionally, but not beaming so much light that the images become blown out or lacking depth of colour.

Increasing the brightness of your ring light may be necessary in locations and environments where there is not much lighting and the area is very dark and dim. This will ensure your camera can detect the product despite the dark setting and capture all the unique details of the item. Taking a few test shots on your camera (while also adjusting your ring light brightness) will quickly give you an idea as to whether you need to brightness increased or decreased.

5. Consider a transportable ring light.

Transportable ring lights are valuable for food and product photographers who travel to various different locations when conducting their photoshoots. As a professional product photographer who works with clients, it’s most probable that you travel to the factory or venue of your client to take your images of the products. Therefore, a transportable ring light will be beneficial to you in many ways. If you can make your life just a little bit easier when you hit the road, then why not?

Generally speaking, the smaller the ring light is, the more easily transportable it will be. Some small ring lights even come with fold down tripods that can be quickly tucked away and made ready for travel. When purchasing a ring light, always consider how heavy the light is and whether you would feel comfortable carrying that weight from client to client.

To make your ring light extra transportable, you might like to purchase a tailormade ring light carry bag. Carry bags can help you transport your ring light safely and securely, reducing the risk of your ring light being damaged as you take it from place to place. The best ring light carry bags will have a carry handle and ample padding within the bag.

If you are a food blogger engaging in food photography, you might like to have a super small, pocket sized ring light that can sneakily be brought out while you are conducting a secret review at a restaurant. If you walked into the restaurant with a large ring light, the staff might be able to easily identify that you are a food blogger conducting a review. Having a small ring light that can be tucked into your handbag and brought out occasionally as necessary will help you keep it under wraps that you’re actually there to review their venue.

What are the best ring lights for food and product photography?

The best ring light for you will depend on your unique circumstances and how you plan to use the ring light. We recommend purchasing a small, cost-effective ring light to help you understand what you want to achieve from your lighting tool and whether you need something larger or with other unique features. Once you’ve started working with a ring light for a period of time, you’ll have a better idea of what you really need to accomplish your objectives. Then you can splurge on something much bigger and more expensive!

To browse some of Australia’s best ring lights, read real ring light reviews, and start browsing your ring light options today, visit our online ring light store. We have a wide range of ring lights to suit everybody’s needs.

If you need help selecting a ring light, simply browse our latest ring light blogs, check out our ring light reviews, or chat to our specialist ring light team.

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Are Ring Lights Bad For You In Any Way?

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Just like any popular beauty product or technology tool, ring lights have a few myths circulating about them. While we already know that ring lights are the bees-knees and totes-awesome, first-time ring light buyers might find it difficult to determine whether a ring light is going to be useful and beneficial to them and their needs.

When you search through ring light reviews online, you will notice that most comments are overwhelmingly positive, while only a few are negative. That’s because almost everyone has a great experience when they purchase a ring light.

To help you understand a little bit more about ring lights, we want to address some of the major comments and concerns that have been arising in the public. Below are a number of ring light myths that need to be shut down before they cause any more chaos!

1. Are ring lights bad for your eyes?
Don’t break a sweat! There is no evidence to suggest that ring light are bad for your eyes. Many of our customers, plus members from our ring light team, have been using ring lights for years and never experienced any problems with their eyesight. Because ring lights are usually only used momentarily throughout the day, it is highly unlikely that they will cause any damage or strain to your eyes.

They are no different to any other LED lights that you use daily in your household. In fact, many customers report that they have less eye strain when using a ring light in comparison to a standard light. This is because they are able to look between the LED lighting and into the bare circle of their ring light. With other standard lights, users are forced to look directly into the centre of the light which can eventually become exhausting for the eyes.

If you are experiencing eye strain while using your ring light, you might want to adjust the brightness of your light. Looking into any bright lights (including standard household lights and the outdoor sun) can cause some eye strain, so adjusting the dimness settings on your light will help your eyes feel more comfortable. If problems persist, you might want to visit an eye doctor or optometrist to see whether there are any underlying, undiagnosed issues with your eyesight that could be causing the pain.

2. Are ring lights expensive?
The cost of your ring light will depend on what store you choose to purchase your ring light from. For small ring lights, you can expect to pay anywhere between $100-$200. For medium-sized ring lights, you might need to pay between $300-$500. For large, professionally-sized ring lights, you may find that most are priced between the range of $400 and $600.

The unique features, accessories and inclusions that come with your chosen ring light will also make a difference to how cheap or expensive it is. Some of the accessories that you might notice are included with your ring light are tripods, mirrors, smartphone mounts, remote controls, carry bags and additional batteries. Ring lights equipped with these accessories have add-on value, so while they may be more expensive to purchase, you will be able to use your ring light more effectively and achieve greater things with the light.

It’s important to note that spending a little extra on your ring light Australia in the short term can end up providing better value for money for you in the long run. Although a cheap ring light online might sound like an appealing prospect, it might not necessarily be as good quality as other more expensive ring lights. High quality ring lights (although sometimes more expensive) will generally provide more hours of usage and dependable lighting.

We recommend keeping your eyes on high-quality ring lights and waiting until they go on sale. Many cosmetic stores put their products on sale over the holiday season, as well as offering special deals throughout the year. If it’s an online store, you might want to join their mailing list to hear about any special promotions. Waiting for an awesome sale might take time, so this is only an appropriate option if you can wait patiently for your ring light rather than have it in your house immediately.

If you would like to purchase a ring light immediately, but don’t have all the funds, you can research Afterpay ring lights. With Afterpay ring lights, you can buy your ring light and have it delivered immediately, but you will be able to pay the total cost over a longer period of time. This helpful service is used by many of our ring light customers because it helps them manage their finances responsibly while also ensuring they can get products and items as they want/need them.

On the topic of financial matters, some ring lights can potentially be tax deductible if you plan to use the ring light for beauty purposes. This is mostly applicable to beauticians, hairdressers and makeup artists who may use a ring light as one of their studio lights, or to help with marketing purposes. This is something that should be confirmed with your tax accountant if you are looking to purchase a professional ring light for use in your studio and business.

3. Are ring lights bad quality?
No way! As long as you purchase your ring light through a reputable online ring light company, you will have no issues with quality. Many of our customers have purchased ring lights years ago and found that they still offer outstanding service life after all this time. The only reason any of our customers need to buy a new ring light is because they want to upgrade to a larger size or have two ring lights available in their studio or house.

There is no reason to believe ring lights are poor quality – in fact, we believe they offer outstanding quality! To ensure you are getting a good quality professional ring light, there are a range of measures and precautions you can take before making a purchase. Some of the questions you might like to ask yourself to ensure you are making a good purchase include:

  • Is the ring light company located in Australia? (Ring lights Australia are more accountable and responsible for the quality of the product they offer because they are locally operated)
  • Does the ring light have all the features and accessories you need? (If the ring light doesn’t have the necessary tripods, mounts and mirrors required to use it properly, then it might not offer the value for money that you are looking for)
  • What is the warranty period for the ring light? (All ring lights Australia should come with a warranty period which means you can return the product if it is proven to be faulty)
  • Is there a secure payment portal where you can purchase your ring light? (You should never give your credit card details to an unreliable or dodgy-looking webpage)
  • Are the ring light reviews positive for this particular ring light? (Reviews can tell you a lot about certain products, so be sure to check ring light reviews and see whether other customers have been happy or frustrated with their purchase)
  • Is the ring light being sold at a fair price? (If the ring light is unusually cheap when compared to other online ring light stores, it could be an indication of its low quality)
  • How long will it take for the ring light to be delivered? (If the expected delivery timeframe is months away, this could be because you are looking at an international ring light rather than quality ring lights Australia)

4. Are ring lights only used by makeup artists?
Makeup artists and beauticians are one of the most common users of ring lights, however they aren’t the only types of people and professionals who can use ring lights. Anybody who needs a powerful circular light can benefit from a ring light. Because they are an affordable lighting tool that is easy to use, there are a wide range of people who can purchase a ring light.

Our ring lights Australia have been purchased by: videographers, influencers, social media users, real estate agents, scientists, hairdressers, dentists, home owners, amateur makeup artists, vloggers, people who love selfies, and more.

5. Do ring lights use a large amount of electricity and power?
High quality ring lights Australia do not use too much power. Every ring light is different, so all are powered in different ways. Before purchasing a ring light, you should read the specifications of the product to understand how it is powered. Some ring lights come with a rechargeable battery, and others have a normal power plug that can be plugged into a standard power outlet in your home or studio. Ring lights shouldn’t use any more power than the other machines, lights and tools in your household.

To help save electricity, we recommend turning off your ring light when you have finished using it. Just like any other household light, there is no need to have it on if you are not specifically using it. Because your ring light will only be turned on while you are using it specifically, it is unlikely it will use much power overall.

6. Are ring lights only useful if they come in a large size?
While bigger ring lights generally have more power and are better suited to professional environments, smaller ring lights may still be more effective and appropriate for some people. Small ring lights are especially appropriate for mobile makeup artists, vloggers who film on the go, and people who love to use their ring light for selfies while travelling.

Small ring lights have a number of benefits that can make them a favourable option when compared to large ring lights. Small ring lights have minimal electricity usage, lightweight structure and complete portability. Because of their compact size, they are often easier to use.

Notably, smaller ring lights are generally more affordable than large ring lights. Therefore, a small ring light could be a great initial purchase so you can get used to using a ring light before you make a more significant investment. Our team regularly recommends that anxious buyers purchase a small ring light initially so they can have an opportunity to learn more about the lighting tools. They can then upgrade to a larger ring light once they know what they need.

7. Do ring lights emphasise blemishes and acne?
Actually, they do the opposite! When used correctly, ring lights can smoothen your skin and make your natural features glow. Ring lights Australia are known to be the most flattering lighting tools available right now, and they can help to hide your blemishes. Ring lights highlight your cheek bones and balance the light being cast across your face. By eliminating shadows and brightening your eyes, ring lights can make you look stunning in front of the mirror or camera!

In general, we recommend placing your ring light directly in front your face at shoulder height. You should have your mirror or smartphone placed in the centre of the ring light (between the circular LED light structure). This is the most flattering angle and it will ensure that your skin looks great for any photos you may be taking. You might even notice some of the light being shone beautifully in the corner of your eye.

Because ring light online are powerful lighting tools, they can also be used when applying day-to-day makeup or special occasions makeup. By placing the ring light close to your skin, you will be able to apply your makeup appropriately and ensure all blemishes are being covered with foundation or other concealer.

When it comes to ring lights, you simply can’t go wrong! For more information on ring lights, you can browse our online blog or chat online to one of our beauty professionals. Otherwise, you can go right ahead and make a ring light purchase through our beloved ring light store.

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Top 11 Ring Lights In 2021 for TikTok, YouTube & Instagram

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  1. Makeup Entry 10” LED Ring Light

For those who are on a tight budget or simply prefer an entry-level ring light, our adorable 10” LED ring light is perfect. Paired with a 1.8m tripod and easy-to-use smartphone mount, this ring light is ideal for people who film videos on their phone and like to upload directly to social media. It is a great size to place in your bedroom or on your desk, and it can easily be transported if necessary.

This popular ring light comes with a range of awesome features that make it perfect for any wannabe TikTok star. They include: dimmable settings, lightweight build, extra long cord, heavy duty screws, flexible arm, long service life of more than 50000 hours, safety features, and portable design.

We highly recommend this best-selling ring light for anybody who is starting out as an influencer and wants to take a top-notch selfie. Not only will it hold your smartphone for you while you strike a pose, but it will ensure you look fantastic in every photograph or video.

  1. Pro Range 12” LED Ring Light

This mid-range 12” LED ring light is perfect for anybody who is starting to get serious about their social media and want a reliable ring light to enhance their online presence. One thing that influencers and vloggers particularly love about this light is its ability to hold your smartphone while you film or take a selfie. It’s super easy and quick to use, and provides total workability for YouTube and Instagram users.

The ring light is black in colour and comes with a huge range of excellent features, including dimming settings, USB powering, strong LED lighting, 27cm desktop stand, mount compatible with all smartphones and mobile phones. It’s even got a 1 year limited Australian warranty, which is a testament to the quality of the ring light.

You can’t go wrong with this ring light, which is why we strongly recommend it for all first-time ring light users. It’s very affordable and, if you order now, it can be dispatched en route to your home within 24 hours. You’ll have it in your bedroom in no time!

  1. Makeup Starter 12” LED Ring Light

This innovative ring light isn’t just appropriate for social media influencers and vloggers, it’s also used by some of Australia’s best makeup artists and beauticians. We believe it’s the most professional ring light Australia and guaranteed to enhance your selfies instantly.

At 12”, it is the perfect size for vlogging and taking selfies. When positioned at shoulder-height and approximately one metre from your face, it will illuminate your profile in a flattering manner and ensure all blemishes are smoothened out for your photo.

Not only does it have a 1.8m tripod and smartphone mount, but the ring light also comes with a stylish carry bag. The LED ring light also has warm and cool colour settings and dimming functions, so you can alter the settings to suit any environment you might find yourself in.

  1. Pro Range 14” LED Ring Light

The 5-star ring light reviews speak for themselves on our 14” ring light. This is an idea lighting tool if you want a ring light that is the perfect balance between our large options and smaller options. It comes with a smartphone mount, carry bag, mirror and extra-large tripod, making it perfect for indoor use and taking selfies with multiple friends.

  1. Influencer Range 18” LED Ring Light

Calling all influencers! This is the number one ring light for you. Most notably, this extra-large LED ring light has an in-built digital display to help you manage the settings and coordinate the cutest selfie ever. When you buy this world-class studio light, you will never need to upgrade, as it has all the features and qualities you will ever need.

Despite its incredible features and noteworthy benefits, this ring light is still easy to use and highly reliable. It comes with a remote control, carry bag, mirror and extra-large tripod to ensure it can be useful for every type of TikTok, YouTube or Instagram trendsetter.

  1. Beauty Expert 18” LED Ring Light

This large ring light is very popular among beauty bloggers and makeup artists who use TikTok, Instagram and YouTube. Because of its enormous size, it is the best possible lighting tool when applying and assessing makeup. It comes fully equipped with a carry bag, mobile phone holder, cradle head & a light stand, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

  1. Pro Range 18” LED Ring Light

If we had to recommend a LED ring light for professionals and social media celebrities, it would be this one. Our 18” LED ring light truly does have every feature you need. As well as having a 1.8m tripod and carry bag included, it also comes with a free 8” mirror. This means you can use the ring light to apply your makeup before you even start filming for TikTok or Instagram.

Just like many of our other beloved ring light products, it has in-built colour and brightness settings to help you craft the perfect photograph. When you use this Afterpay ring light, there’s no doubt that your selfies and videos will look brighter, bolder and better than ever before.

  1. Selfie Lamp Ring Light Pro

Love taking selfies for Instagram? Then this is the ring light for you! Our special selfie lamp ring light is unlike any of the ring lights mentioned before. It’s ideally designed to use for quick selfies and pics on the go. Its small size means it is very suitable for vlogging, FaceTiming, self-timer photos, and more.

Some of the much-loved features of this one-of-a-kind selfie lamp include quick USB charging, long USB charging cable, adjustable brightness, smartphone holder, and manoeuvrable lamp arms.

Because of its smaller size, it is one of the most affordable ring lights Australia right now. When the prices are this low, there’s no excuse not to buy. It also comes with three different kinds of light and nine different levels of brightness, meaning it can easily be altered for both indoor and outdoor use. There’s nothing this little selfie lamp can’t do!

  1. Pro 10” Desktop Ring Light

If you tend to take selfies and film vlogs while seated at a desk, there is no better ring light for you than our 10” desktop LED ring light. This light has been specifically designed to suit home offices and beauty studios that feature a table or desk.

This desktop-suitable product comes with a sturdy desktop stand, smartphone mount and remote control for easy and effective use. Unlike other ring lights Australia, once you position this ring light in the spot you like best, you will never have to move it again. Some people purchase this desktop ring light in addition to another portable ring light version, so they can have a permanent ring light based at home and one that’s ready to carry around on the go.

  1. Pro 12” Desktop Ring Light

The 12” desktop ring light is similar to our 10” version, but larger and more powerful. Because it is bigger in size, it is even more effective at reducing shadows, flattering your profile, and delivering a professional light in any setting.

It also comes with a sturdy desktop stand, smartphone mount and remote control for easy and effective use.All of our customers who have purchased the 12” desktop ring light have been happy with their purchase and report that they use their ring light every single day!

  1. Pro Multi Duo Light

Our eleventh best ring light isn’t quite the same as the other ring lights listed above. It’s an intriguing new studio lighting tool that is taking the world by storm and rapidly rising to be one of the most popular products in our store. The multi duo light features two large LED strips that emit light from either angle onto your cheeks. Many well-known influencers have already claimed that this multi duo light is changing the game in the social media.

Similar to circular ring lights, but boasting a range of additional benefits, the Multi Duo Light creates a wonderfully balanced and flattering light that eliminates all undesirable shadows from your profile. The parallel LED features produce strong beams of light that equally shine all aspects of a scene, allowing for the loveliest lighting possible. It is highly transportable and very simple to use.

Currently, the multi due light comes with a complementary carry bag, smartphone mount and large tripod to help you use the lighting tool to its fullest effect. You’ll have no problems taking the world’s best selfie with this light, and it is sure to provide you with a reliable lighting solution for years to come. If you want to stay ahead of the trends and get a revolutionary lighting tool in your very own home, you can order this light now and get rapid 24-hour dispatch. Yippee!

 

How can a ring light help you on TikTok, YouTube & Instagram?

As we’ve already mentioned, ring lights Australia are perfect for users of TikTok, YouTube and Instagram. Many of the best vloggers and influencers from across the world have been known to use a ring light when vlogging and taking selfies. The best ring lights offer a range of benefits that makes them a quality investment for any budding social media icon. We’ve listed just a few of the amazing results you may notice once you start using your ring light. There are plenty of other great benefits of ring lights – but if we listed them all, we’d be here for weeks!

                Give more balanced lighting

Because of their unique shape and powerful lighting ability, ring lights can help to light up your video better than any other lighting tool on the market. Many of the best ring lights Australia also come with dimness settings and features, so you can alter how strong the ring light is behaving. This is perfect if you regularly take selfies or shoot videos in different locations, because you can change the dimness to suit the particular destination you are filming in.

                Better quality video and imagery

When ring lights light up your face and background, they improve the quality of the image being taken. This will help you to look extra professional in your TikTok, YouTube or Instagram profile, and it will ensure you have the best quality photos possible. All blemishes will be hidden, but all your best features will be shown in the greatest quality and detail. It’s a win-win situation!

                Get flattering lighting

All the best vloggers and influencers know that it can be really difficult to look good when shooting a video or taking a selfie. Bad lighting, bad angles and bad scenery can all contribute to a poor image. If you want to become famous or well-liked online, it’s incredibly important that you shoot your videos and selfies in a flattering setting. Ring lights are known to create a highly flattering light that smooths out your skin and hides any blemishes on your face. Plenty of Instagrammers agree that using a ring light is even more effective than using photoshop!

 

For more articles and information about beauty and ring lights, read our latest blogs: 21 Biggest Beauty Trends For 2021, The Best Ring Lights For The New Year, How Can A Ring Light Help You During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

You can also jump onto our Australian ring light website and browse all of the ring lights mentioned in this article. Here are the quick links: Makeup Entry 10” LED Ring Light, Pro Range 12” LED Ring Light, Makeup Starter 12” LED Ring Light, Pro Range 14” LED Ring Light, Influencer Range 18” LED Ring Light, Beauty Expert 18” LED Ring Light, Pro Range 18” LED Ring Light, Selfie Lamp Ring Light Pro, Pro 10” Desktop Ring Light, Pro 12” Desktop Ring Light, Pro Multi Duo Light.

 

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10 Ways To Use A Ring Light That You’ve Never Thought Of Before

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Ring lights are loved for many reasons. Not only are they an effective lighting tool, an affordable beauty product, and one of the easiest studio lights to use, they are also extremely versatile and can be utilised in a wide range of settings or by a broad spectrum of people. They are a multipurpose item that knows no boundaries.

If you already own a ring light Australia, you might be seeking new and creative ways to use the tool. If you don’t yet own a studio light but are thinking of buying a ring light online, you might be looking for more excuses to purchase it. Either way, this blog article is going to be useful for you!

As frequent ring light users, we’ve tried and tested hundreds of ways to use a ring light, and we know there are far more uses than just one. In fact, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Here’s our list of 10 ways to use a ring light (that you’ve probably never thought of before).

  1. The standard way.

Ring lights are most commonly used by vloggers and makeup artists to get a flattering light of their face. They are ideal lighting tools when applying beauty products and taking selfies. When being used for these purposes, ring lights generally should be positioned in front of your face, approximately 50cm away (depending on the size of your ring light). This will balance the light evenly across the entirety of your face, ensuring you look your absolute best and can apply your makeup appropriately.

For amateur beauticians and vloggers, we highly recommend the Selfie Ring Light.

  1. In a laboratory setting.

This might sound ridiculous at first, but trust us, ring lights are ideal for scientific laboratory environments. Because of their unique circular shape, ring lights Australia are perfect for use with a tripod and microscope. A magnifying glass or visual zooming tool can easily be poked through the middle of the ring light, allowing you to see your subject or material without any shadows being cast of the light.

For use in a laboratory or research setting, we recommend the Selfie Ring Light.

  1. As a household light or lamp.

Because of their ability to light an entire room with ease, ring lights can double as a household light. If the power ever goes out in your home, a battery powered ring light could be an essential tool for your family. Alternatively, the ring light can be useful as a lamp when reading or relaxing in your lounge space.

To have a ring light that doubles as a household light, we recommend the Pro Range 18” LED Ring Light.

  1. As a work desk accessory.

Ring lights are becoming more and more popular for office-based professionals, especially since the coronavirus pandemic. Desktop ring lights Australia typically come with a small tripod stand that can be neatly and permanently positioned on your desk or shelf. Because FaceTiming and Zoom meetings became much more common and frequent throughout the pandemic in 2020, desktop ring lights have become a must-have for anybody who is working from home. Instead of looking drab from their bedroom, corporate professionals can still look their best self, even over the camera. This is because ring lights offer a very flattering light, softening any hard features of your face and allowing your natural beauty to shine. A quality ring light

For use as a word desk accessory, we highly recommend the Pro Desktop 12” LED Ring Light.

  1. At the dentist.

Next time you visit your local dental clinic and you sit in the dental chair, look up. You’ll probably notice that your dentist uses a ring light while examining your teeth! The circular design of a ring light is appropriate for dentists because it allows them to see better in your mouth without frustrating shadows being cast over the area they are trying to examine. This just goes to show that if a ring light is good enough in the professional medical field, it must be good enough for you too.

If you are a dentist looking for a ring light to use in your clinic, you will need a large ring light. We strongly recommend the Pro Range 18” LED Ring Light.

  1. To create a haunting or dramatic facial affect.

As we mentioned above, the standard way to use a ring light as a beautician or vlogger is to position the light 0.5m away from your face, directly in front of your eyes. But what happens if you switch up the angle just a little? When you position the ring light Australia slightly lower or slightly higher than this, you’ll notice that there is some shadow and extreme highlight showing on your face in certain areas. It can create a really interested look – sometimes even a touch haunting!

We recommend playing around with your ring light when you have the chance, so you can try to get your desired effect. We particularly using our ring light on quirky angles (and getting some extreme shadow and dramatic highlights) when we are creating special effects makeup designs or getting ready for a dress up party.

To have some fun with special effects, we recommend purchasing the Pro Desktop 12” LED Ring Light.

  1. At a photobooth during a function or event.

It’s an old-school tradition to set up a fun photobooth at a function where guests can jump inside, take a selfie, and have some fun. Even though they’ve been used for many years, photobooths are still very popular at events. The only problem is that (because they are literally a booth), they often harbour a dark environment which means the party photos don’t turn out to be in the best or crispest quality.

To solve this issue, we recommend installing a ring light in your photobooth. The camera can be positioned on the ring light tripod (at the height of an average sized person) and the ring light will shine around the camera. Your guests will be extra impressed with the photos as they will be well-lit and have an extremely flattering light to help them look their absolute best.

For use in a photobooth, we recommend the Pro Range 18” LED Ring Light.

  1. As a children’s night light.

LED ring lights are extremely safe and often come with brightness adjustment settings, which means they could be perfect to use as a children’s night light. Your child could keep the light forever and continue to use it as a lamp or beauty light in their older years.

To use as a children’s night light, we recommend the Pro Desktop 12” LED Ring Light.

  1. Lighting for a passport or professional photo.

Professional photos that need to be used in official documentation (like on your passport or driver’s license) require perfect lighting and 100% visibility. Ring lights offer the best possible lighting, which makes them ideal for this purpose. When taking the photo, place your camera in the centre of the ring light. Ensure the ring light is positioned at shoulder height and approximately one or two metres from your body so the light isn’t too bright and blinding in the image. You’ll also need to stand in front of a white or plain background.

For taking photos of any kind, whether they’re professional images or selfies, we recommend the Pro Range 18” LED Ring Light.

  1. As a gift to a loved one.

If anybody you know loves beauty or photography, and they have a birthday coming up, you can impress them with a quality ring light. They are bound to be impressed and grateful for your purchase, especially considering Afterpay ring lights are one of the hottest beauty products on the market right now.

When gifting a ring light, we highly recommend the Pro Desktop 12” LED Ring Light.

 

 

Top tips for getting the most out of your ring light

No matter where or how you plan on using your ring light, there are some definite tips that everyone can make use of. To maximise how you use your ring light and ensure you get the most out of your investment, take note of these top tips as listed by our team of ring light experts and beauticians.

  • Get the dimness perfect for your environment.

The best ring lights Australia will have dimness settings, meaning you can adjust the exact brightness of the ring light to match your environment. This is important because, as the weather and daytime changes, the amount of natural light will evolve in your room. Although you want to be well-lit in the frame, it’s important that you don’t overextend the brightness, so it blinds your eyes or makes you squint during a photo. We prefer to operate our ring lights on a soft light setting because this is most flattering on the chin, forehead, and cheeks. Before making a ring light purchase, you should always check that your ring light has dimness functionality – this will often be listed in the specifications of the product. Without the ability to adjust brightness, your ring light might never be at the perfect level of light, so it will be very difficult to use effectively.

  • Position the ring light in front of your face (or to the side for a cool affect).

As we’ve mentioned above, the standard way to use a ring light is by positioning it in front of your face directly. This eliminates shadows and provides the most flattering light. However, if you want to get a quirky affect, you can try moving the ring light into other positions and seeing what happens.

  • Put the ring light at shoulder height.

The best ring lights come with an adjustable tripod accessory. This means you can position the tripod at a height that suits you best (everybody is a different height, so everybody’s ideal position will be different). We recommend positioning the ring light at shoulder height, so the circle is at the same height as your head. If you place the ring light Australia too low, your cheekbones and nose will appear too hard and chiselled. On the flip side, placing the ring light online too high will cast an unwanted shadow downward from your eyes and nose.

  • Set your camera on a timer so your arm doesn’t show in the photo.

When many people use their ring light as a camera tool for the first time, they don’t understand how to get an image that doesn’t have their arm in it as it reaches to click the camera shutter button. The key here is to set your camera onto timer mode, so you can click the shutter button and then remove your arm before the camera takes the shot. If you put the settings on a 10 second timer, you will have enough time to get your arm away and get yourself into a pose that you are happy with. A 2 or 5 second timer could also be appropriate, but some trial and error will help you understand what’s best for you.

  • If anything, get a bigger light rather than a smaller light.

If you’re looking to buy a ring light and you’re tossing up between two options, we recommend purchasing the bigger version. This is due to several reasons: you won’t have to upgrade in the future, you will get more overall power and brightness from the light, you will be able to take group selfies with the light instead of just individual selfies, and it will be an investment for your future.

 

To browse or purchase the best ring lights Australia, visit our online ring light shop today. There’s a whole range waiting to be explored!

While you’re here, you can also check out our other ring light blogs: Choosing the best ring light for you, What will a ring light do for you, and 10 myths about ring lights.