If you have ever done research about improving the photography on your blog, YouTube Channel, or Social Media one of the first things you will learn is that lighting is one of the most important things, it’s surprising how much light is needed to make a quality image. Natural lighting is great (and free) but it isn’t always practical so buying photography lights can be a great first step. And for people who shoot portraits or film their face Ring Lights are extremely popular.
Basically a Ring Light is a ring of light on a stand that you point your camera through. It illuminates the subject’s face creating an airbrushed, almost angelic effect. It works by removing shadows that are cast on the face from overhead lighting. And as an added bonus it makes a small ring in each eye. Every big YouTuber uses a ring light. They are readily available and easy to use but they can be expensive and are bulky to store.
I recently purchased one from Amazon for $149.99 LimoStudio 18″ Ring Light. I took two pictures both with the same camera and makeup but one with my new Ring Light to see if I could tell a difference.
In my opinion the Ring Light makes a noticeable difference. It illuminates the face and give it that professional photography look. It also displays makeup better than traditional lighting. If you are planning on taking a lot of pictures indoors of your face I would recommend investing in a ring light before any other kind of artificial lighting.