Ring lights, or fluorescent sources of light are always a bit trickier to get it right than flash or strobe, when the latter will give you warmer tones the fluorescent will give you more cold greenish-blueish colour. To tweak your balance set your camera on white balance “Auto” or “Fluorescent”. But if you want to get the white balance even more accurate I will recommend to use a colour checker.

Unlike point light sources, a ring flash provides even illumination with few shadows visible in the resulting photographs because the origin of the light is very close to (and surrounds) the optical axis of the lens. It’s commonly used in applications such as macro, portrait and fashion photography, vlogging and make up tutorial videos.

One of my very first additions to the studio right after getting the basic softboxes all in one kit from Amazon was this Ring Light and I have been using it for a couple of years in hundreds of shoots. I would like to share my thoughts.

First of all, there are several ring lights available but I decided to go with Neewer for a couple of reasons, I already have Neewer products that worked pretty well and the price was really competitive. There are also two models of this ring light, both powering 400W, one has a dimmer for the light and the other one does not.

Once you plug it in and you are ready to switch it on always remember to warn your subject to close his eyes as the light coming from the fluorescent tube it´s actually really bright.

Construction is OK, after many uses the fluorescent tube came off the plastic bearings but it just needed to be put back on those clips.

I would say this light is great if you are starting a home studio or if you are a vlogger, make up vlogger or an actor. it is great to set up a self taping room and put the place the camera in the hotshoe of the ring light.

This unit is also infamous for not turning on sometimes. Most of the time; yes, but 1 out of 10 attempts it just stays off.

Test shots.

Here are some sample portraits, notice the difference on the catch light for light coloured eyes and dark ones.

The Downside of the Deal.

As in everything in this life, there is the good side and the bad side in which for this piece of equipment I would say is the catch light on the eye. The ring shaped catch light works ok with blue or green eyes but I find the ring light on people with dark eyes a bit too distracting.

Balancing the White Balance.

If you shoot setting the white balance of your camera to Auto,you will notice there is a bit of green cast especially in people with light skin or grey hair. You can counter that by using the orange filter that comes with the ring light. This though, will not save you from having to dabble with a bit of post-editing in Lightroom or Capture One.

The Technical Stuff.

Neewer 18″/48 cm 75W (600W Equivalent) 5500K Fluorescent Continuous Ring Light and Stand Kit

  • Kit includes: (1)Dimmable Fluorescent Continuous Ring Light + (1)Max. 59″/150cm Light Stand + (1)Soft Tube + (1)White and Orange Color Filter Set + (1)Hot Shoe Adapter + (1)Power Adapter
  • It’s perfect for professional makeup artists, YouTube content creators, professional tattoo artists, video bloggers, hair stylists/salons, selfie lovers, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, snap chat, studio lighting, portrait photography and streaming etc.
  • Ring Light: Outer Diameter:18″/48 cm; Inner Diameter:14″/35 cm

Where to get it.

This is the model I got from Amazon:

Neewer Ring Light on Amazon

There is also a model of the ring light with dimmable power:

Neewer Ring Light Dimmable

The characteristics are very similar on both units but I would recommend the dimmable one for obvious reason, plus dimmable version comes with with and orange filters.

I would love to know your thoughts! Please leave a comments in the comments section below.