I don't usually do posts like this, on the technical end of the blogging scale, but after posting some snaps (I'm LovelyGirlyBits) about my new ring light, I've gotten a load of questions about it and thought it'd be easier to have a post to direct everyone to which will hopefully answer all of the queries. Please note that I haven't used it yet to take photos or film with, so this isn't a review. It's just a "Here's the light I bought and here's where I bought it" post. I'll update it when I've played with it some more which will be over the next few days, so you'll be seeing lots of photos and videos using it shortly!
I've wanted a ring light for ages and over the five years of blogging, I've also gone through five winters with crappy lighting! Life is really busy at the moment and I'm not getting a chance to take photos of everything in the evening and the two softboxes I have are too big for my teeny office, so I've been slacking big time on the photograph front over the past few months. For product swatches, I like to have a cool daylight feel to the photos so that the products are true to colour, so hopefully this will do the job!
As you can see, this was my Christmas present to myself and hopefully we'll be very happy together!
This is the ring light I bought and so far so good! The brand is Neewer and you can see in the description that they have seven different products under the one listing, so just be careful you select the product you want! I made sure to order the 18" Dimmable Ring Light. I wanted to have a bit of control over the amount of light emitted, hence the dimmable-ness.
It's almost half the price of the Walimex right light that Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup uses at £85.99 compared to £149.99 which suited me fine as I didn't want to spend that much money, so we'll see if me bargain tendencies work out!
It has a UK plug which is very handy altogether as I understand the Walimex one has a US plug, so not having to have a voltage converter or plug adaptor is a bonus.
The photos above shows the camera attached to the light itself and it's worth noting that it doesn't come with whatever attachment is needed for that. I'm not too bothered about that as I've my own camera tripod which means I can have the camera either in front of the light or behind it and be able to play with it all until I get a lighting setup that I love.
It doesn't come with a stand, so be sure to order one or else you'll have the ring light and nowhere to put it. I bought a couple of soft boxes on ebay a few years ago and the ring light fits the stands they came with, so if you have one of those, you don't need to buy a new one. If you don't have a stand, you'll see that there's a stand for the £15 mark that'll pop up on the "Frequently Bought Together" section of the page. Anything to make us spend more money eh?
Also note that the light doesn't come with a diffuser, and it's mad bright FYI. I'm going to mess about with it some more over the next while and see if I need to pick up a diffuser to soften the light if I feel it's too harsh in photos.
So there you have it folks. If you're a blogger or YouTuber and are looking for a ring light, this is mine! I'll try to answer any questions you have but as I said earlier, I haven't tried it out properly, so this isn't a recommendation yet, this is a show and tell post!
If you'd like a post on all of the technical things I use for the blog and YouTube, let me know!
*Purchased by moi*