Sometimes, you have a great lighting setup that gives you the exact look you want, but you need to fill in the shadows ever so slightly. In this scenario, either the camera's built-in flash or a special accessory module seated in the hot shoe serves as master to trigger the remote ringflash or twin flash heads—remote in the sense that they're wireless, even though attached to the front of the lens.
By the way, a ring light” is an on camera flash that goes all the way around (rings) the lens. You can fire flashes from your camera or remotely, which leads into the next step of assembling your speedlight kit. But with the expanding range of LED light kits from Savage, you can gradually build up a high quality set up without having to break the bank.
With this shoot however I wanted all of the focus and attention on Natasha not my lighting. This image, has a lot more going on visually and is a lot more flattering for the subject because we can now see the background to provide some context. The best place to put your subject when you are shooting food photography is to place it in the foreground or middle ground.
Ring lights are a popular piece of lighting equipment used by all sorts of filmmakers, whether they work in fashion, vlogging, or music videos. If you must snap a photo at night, shoot with an artificial light source as close to your face as possible. Try taking photos that utilize the deep long shadows created by bright sunlight.
The center is hollowed and is typically where a photographer sticks their lens to get the maximum effects of the ring flash effect. Your fill should be less intense than your key so while it still eliminates shadows, but doesn't a flat looking shot due to the fill and key lights matching too closely.
You can mount everything together using the flash bracket and can lock in the settings you need to get perfect results every time. Just point the lens in the direction of the sun and move your camera around slightly to change the shooting angle until you capture the amount of flare that you want.
It's worth pointing out that sometimes you don't even need to adjust the lighting at all but just ask your subject to move and adjust their pose within it. In this instance, I've asked the model to turn further iamrmitsharma away from the light to join up the shadows, but I could just as easily of asked them to turn into the light to remove the offending shadow altogether.
Many macro photographers don't want to deal with carrying around any sort of lighting setup — let alone a tripod — when they're out in the field. Sunpak DSLR67 LED Macro Ring Light ($27; ). 12 LEDs; flexible gooseneck supports 67mm inner-diameter ring floating around lens (no direct attachment); 5500 to 6500K; two power settings.
Depending on the angle you're shooting your scene, a different direction may look better, so for a top down shot you may want the light higher up and pointing down on your scene more, and for a straight on shot you might want the light a bit lower to give you the opportunity to give your shadows more direction.
The correct way of using a ring light is to use it around the camera lens to capture the focus in the eyes. So with the exact same setup and lighting, you can create a completely different shot. Non-diffused direct light will cast hard shadows on an object, which can be desirable or not depending on what the photographer wants.