Five things to look out for

Don’t go round in cir­cles – HERE ARE FIVE TO P TI PS TO Help LIG HT THE WAY...

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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.

Size mat­ters

Most ring flashes in­clude at­tach­ment rings to con­nect

to dif­fer­ent-sized lenses, but en­sure the model you choose is large enough for your lens.

Trig­ger happy

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.

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