I was recently gifted a ring light by the world's loveliest partner (you can meet him here, by the way, if you haven't yet). I had a chance to test it out while my sister was in labor this week, and I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the results. However, I want to get some opinions from my readers before I start using the light for photos.
These pictures I took of my brother-in-law show three different light settings. From left to right, we have no flash (artificial light from the room), traditional/pop-up flash, and the ring light. I usually use both no flash in natural light and the traditional flash to take swatch photos. That being said, you can see that the flash-free photo isn't quite as bright or clear (and I live in a very cloudy part of the US, which can make angling around windows tricky), and the traditional flash photo is a bit washed out. This is why I usually sit far away from the camera and zoom in to take my full-face and wear time photos for reviews. The ring light, however, allows me to get closer to the subject without washing them out, and it gives a more even, natural light.
That said, things might get a little weird as I adjust to using the ring light instead of doing the same thing I've done for the last three-ish years. I also know some people feel like these modified lighting set-ups are a cheat that gives skin an unnaturally smooth, glowly look.
So what do we think: yay or nay on the ring light for blog posts?
Oh, and did I mention that my sister was in labor? Cause I'm an aunt now! :D