Ring light

Har­ness smooth­ing, shad­ow­less light and beau­ti­ful catch­lights

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Not an accessory as such, but a dif­fer­ent kind of light al­to­gether. A ring light is sim­ply a cir­cu­lar ring of light that pro­vides frontal il­lu­mi­na­tion with min­i­mal shad­ows. You di­rect your lens through the cir­cle, so the light comes from the cam­era po­si­tion. It’s sim­i­lar in some ways to the light from a pop-up flash, but it’s far more at­trac­tive as you don’t get the hard shad­ows pop-ups in­evitably pro­duce. In­stead, you get beau­ti­ful, shad­ow­less il­lu­mi­na­tion, which is very kind to faces, and useful if you want to soften wrin­kles. The other ben­e­fit is the at­trac­tive ring-shaped catch­lights you’ll get in the eyes.

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