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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!