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Light up your macro photography with six flashes that surround your lens
Lighting can make or break a photo, and this is especially true when it comes to macro and portrait work. Detailed, delicate close-ups of nature or people need careful illumination, preferably with shadows kept to a minimum, but this is a tough ask for a regular flashgun, which produces harsh shadows. For even, shadowless lighting, you need a system where flashes are fired from either side of the lens, or from a ring completely encircling it.
Dedicated macro ring flashes do exactly this. They usually consist of a hotshoe-mounted control unit connected via a cable to a ring flash that attaches to your lens’s filter thread via a screw-in adapter.
LED ring lights, meanwhile, are outwardly similar, but provide continuous illumination, making them suitable for shooting both stills and video. Here, we take a look at six lens-mounted options.