5 Reasons You Need A Ring Light For Video
Lighting is everything. Don’t believe me? Try to get a properly exposed image in the dark or shoot a video without sufficient light. Needless to say, the outcome is not going to be good. Ring lights are inexpensive, easy to use, and they get the job done. Here are 5 reasons you need a ring light for video.
What Is A Ring Light?
A ring light is basically a big circle with a flash in the center. Sizes vary anywhere from 8 to 19 inches. Ring lights are a popular light source in the fashion and cosmetics industry due to their ability to produce even, flattering, glamorous lighting. They’re also widely used by social media influencers, YouTubers, and vloggers, but are applicable for anyone who wants to properly light a scene.
1. Rings Lights Are Portable And Easy To Use
One of the biggest perks of using a ring light is their convenience and portability. They’re just so dang easy to use. Put the light on a stand, plug it in, turn it on, and adjust the intensity and color balance based on what you’re shooting. That’s basically all there is to it.
The brightness levels of the ring light I use can be adjusted based on a range of 1% to 100%. Ring lights are portable so can easily be tucked away in a corner when not in use, and lightweight enough to make traveling with it a breeze. Ring lights are sleek-looking and will complement any decor they’re a part of.
2. You Can Adjust The Color Temperature
The ability to adjust the color temperature is a huge plus when using a ring light. The bi-color temperature ring on my light varies from a warm 3000K to a bright white of 5800K. The LCD clearly displays both the brightness and color temperature. Why is color temperature so important? Because it naturally renders the whites in a scene, while providing balance between all the other colors, producing a realistic representation of the scene being recorded or photographed.
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3. Rings Lights Produce High-Quality Lighting
The biggest reason to use a ring light is the incredible quality of light they emit; soft, all-natural, wrap-around lighting without the harsh and distracting shadows you get with direct lighting. And you know that coveted catch light in the eyes that looks so great? Ring lights are awesome for producing that. The closer the light source is to the subject, the more pronounced the effect.
4. Accommodates A Smartphone, iPad, Or DSLR
The stand that supports my ring light accommodates either a smartphone, iPad, or DSLR, making it applicable for both professional videography and photography, or to make your on-the-fly videos that much better. The entire kit I use weighs just 8 pounds. It includes the ring light, stand, wireless remote, and bluetooth selfie remote, which is great for capturing amazing selfies. The stand can be adjusted for use on the ground or on a desk or other level surface.
5. Ring Lights Work Great For Vlogging, Social Media, Or YouTube
Video is becoming increasingly more popular, as is having your own YouTube channel. Thank goodness it’s no longer necessary to lug around bulky, heavy equipment that’s inconvenient to take on location. Rings lights are the perfect solution for lighting any type of video, whether for social media or YouTube. They’re lightweight, versatile to use in a variety of situations, and easy to transport. Impeccably illuminate any scene, without needless expense and hassle.
Ring lights are an exceptional light source for shooting videos. They’re extremely easy to use, and you can dial in the intensity and color balance to suit your scene. The one I use will accommodate either a smartphone, iPad, or DSLR. A ring light is an essential component for any video-production set.
Have you used a ring light? Let me know in the comments:)