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Is Ring light desirable for Portraits?

 
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Oct 05, 2015 18:30 |  #16

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #17734151 (external link)
Great pics, but the lights just look weird (to me).

I know. They're great photos of good looking people. But the catch lights always make me wonder why they have this weird pupil dilation as if they're tripping on some radioactive alien weed.

They're great photos, Ben. But some people are going to like the catch lights, while others are perplexed by them.

EDIT: I also want to reserve my right to fully retract this opinion. Sometimes I come around to these things--just not today. ;-)a


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Oct 05, 2015 22:29 as a reply to  @ post 17734151 |  #17

Agree. I don't care for the look of the eyes at all.


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Oct 06, 2015 09:00 |  #18

A beauty dish can provide the big flat lighting that a ring light provides, yet not have the undesireable alien eye appearance of the catchlight. An additional feature of the larger ring lights is that any shadow cast on the background appears as a shadowy halo visible to the lens all around the subject, which is objectionable to some and 'contemporary' to others...and subject to overuse. Some fashion photographers had adopted that appearance in their shooting as a contemporary departure from most lighting, and like most 'new looks', years ago began to be imitated by others in different types of shooting.

ANY device which is the same diameter as the ring light, which is mounted very close to the lens axis, can provide similar flat lighting (no variant from side to side, no modelling of facial features as with Main+fill lighting setup).

Ring lights were invented for macro technical illumination for small objects, where camera distance can make it difficult to set lights and/or the skittishness of the subject makes traditional lighitng impractical. No 'modelling', just 'illumination' were desired. Then folks started trying to use it for portraiture.


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Oct 06, 2015 12:21 |  #19

The only people that I have found that do not like the ring lights are other photographers. All that matters is if your clients like them, and every time I've used it, they've loved it and bought the photos.

This reminds me of the time when selective coloring was popular...photographer​s hated it, but clients loved it.


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Oct 06, 2015 12:37 as a reply to  @ ShotByTom's post |  #20

The only people that I have found that do not like the ring lights are other photographers. All that matters is if your clients like them, and every time I've used it, they've loved it and bought the photos.

This reminds me of the time when selective coloring was popular...photographer​s hated it, but clients loved it.

That's the impression I get too, most photogs from online forum seems to frown upon using ring lights and dislike the alien or Transformers Autobot looking catch lights, but clients absolutely loved it. I also notice it seems to be very popular among female makeup/beauty artist(video bloggers) on youtube too. LOL

The lighting can be a bit too flat for my taste so the ring light isn't something I'd use all the time, personally I'd prefer more traditional softbox/stripbox and umbrella, need more shadow to make certain facial or body feature stand out, but hey whatever clienteles want at least we can give them some options. :-D


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Oct 07, 2015 22:29 |  #21

I personally love the look of ring lights and am buying a cheap one for some experimenting


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