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Catching the light
Some ring flashes feature a pair of small, diametrically opposed flash tubes. A design with larger, semicircular tubes is better for portraiture, as it will produce attractive catch-lights in the eyes.
Balance of power
Completely even lighting can be a bit bland, so more sophisticated ring flashes let you adjust the power of each flash tube independently.
Most ring flashes include attachment rings to connect
to different-sized lenses, but ensure the model you choose is large enough for your lens.
The four ring flashes we’ve featured are TTL compatible, but it’s possible to make do without a hotshoe-mounted unit and use your camera’s pop-up flash for triggering.
Less is more
Don’t be put off by the relatively low guide number (GN) ratings of ring flashes compared to conventional flashguns, as you don’t need as much firepower when photographing up close.