Ring lights and ring flashes are pretty specialized pieces of equipment, but they can produce striking results for portraiture, video work and macro photography. Large ring lights deliver flattering video light and enable you to capture beautiful headshots with striking circular catchlights, while ring flashes are ideal macro photography lights that deliver even, shadow-free lighting right from the front of your lens. No matter what you shoot, picking up a ring light or ring flash is a great way to add some versatility to your lighting kit.
Great starter purchase for aspiring streamers and amateur portrait photographers. Neewer
The Neewer Ring Light Kit is a great starter kit that comes with a bunch of useful accessories. The kit includes the 18-inch, 55W, 5500K LED ring light, a 61-inch light stand, a flexible 10-inch “soft tube” that goes on top of the light stand, snap-on color filters, a ball-head adapter for the ring light’s cold shoe, and a universal power adapter. Neewer even throws in a smartphone holder and bluetooth remote in case you want to use the light with your phone. The right light itself uses 240 LEDs that are steplessly dimmable from 100% down to just 1% power, and you can shift the color temperature of the light down to 3200K or up to 5600K using the plastic filters.
Delivers professional-grade power and color accuracy. Savage
Most of the ring lights online are extremely similar to the Neewer light above, give or take a few features, but the Savage Luminous Pro LED Ringlight Plus is in a category all its own. Designed for professionals, this 17-inch, 96W ring light uses 480 bi-color LEDs to produce up to 5300 lumens at 1m, with a CRI rating of 95. The color temperature of the light is adjustable from 3200K to 5500K, output is dimmable from 100% down to 1%, and the kit includes a convenient remote control so you can adjust the light from anywhere on set. For power, the Savage Luminous Pro uses two NP-F750 Sony-style batteries to run for up to 75 minutes at full blast.
Best budget option for beginners. Ploture
If you’re on a budget, the Ploture Ring Flash is the most affordable option out there. This inexpensive flash doesn’t even bother to advertise a guide number, but it uses 48 LEDs to deliver seven levels of power control at 5500K, comes with three filters for changing the color temperature, and offers eight adapter rings so you can attach it to lenses from 49mm to 77mm. You can also switch between four modes: continuous light, full flash, left half flash, and right half flash. There’s no TTL and you get limited control of your power output, but the Ploture Ring Flash gets the job done.
Take it everywhere. Neewer
Step up to the Neewer Macro TTL Ring Flash if you want more power and the convenience of through the lens (TTL) metering from your ring flash. Designed for Canon DSLRs the Neewer Macro TTL Ring Flash is an affordable alternative to Canon’s own MR-14 EX II. The Neewer version uses two flash tubes that can be fired together or separately, boasts a guide number of 46 feet, and offers manual control down to 1/128th power, ETTL compatibility with flash ratio control from 1:8 to 8:1, and a recycle time of 0.1 to 5 seconds. The flash uses four AA batteries for power, and comes with seven adapter rings for attaching it to lenses from 52mm all the way up to 77mm.