Did you know that there is quite some work that goes into taking a good selfie? It isn’t just a point-and-click photo of yourself anymore. If it even ever was. No, influencers have taken the selfie to the next level. A selfie nowadays is carefully planned, styled, edited, and posted. Just look at the content that famous influencers like Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, and Charli d’Amelio post on TikTok and Instagram. It might seem effortless, but we all know that it is not. Nothing is left to chance, and certainly not the lighting. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about how to get the perfect lighting for your selfies.
The importance of lighting
Simply put, you cannot take a great picture without good lighting. The lighting makes sure that the subject of the picture is visible, but it also adds a lot to the mood of the picture, the look of the person taking a selfie, and the quality of the result. Without decent lighting, the picture will definitely be a bust.
We all know that natural lighting is by far the most favored type of lighting. We use the term natural lighting for daylight that we use for taking pictures outside or pictures indoors near a window. Unfortunately, daylight isn’t always available to us. If you completely rely on daylight, it will be difficult to shoot whenever and wherever you want. And there haven’t really been any good alternatives to natural lighting. Indoor lights just create a lot of unwanted shading and affect the colors too much. And the flash on your smartphone camera isn’t any good either. Luckily, this problem can now be solved by using a ring light when taking selfies!
What is a ring light?
If you like to take selfies, you should really start working with a ring light. A ring light, also known as a selfie light, is a ring made up of LEDs. This ring can be placed on your phone, around your camera. You simply click it on and turn it on. The ring gives off great lighting so you can always take great pictures, whether it is day or night and whether you are indoors or outdoors.
Ring lights have different settings that you can use. Generally speaking, you can choose between warm light, cold light, or warm-cold light. You can also adjust the intensity of the lighting so you can really create your own personal preferred lighting. You can check your settings by opening your favorite app. Simply try it out by taking a selfie with these settings. You can immediately see if you need to adjust the lighting or the intensity. When you’re satisfied with the results, you are good to go.
The ring light is not only easy to use, but it is also easy to bring along too. It is very small and it can fit in just about any purse or bag. You don’t even have to bring batteries or a cable: you can charge the ring light through a USB cable at home before use.
What can a ring light be used for?
Although the smartphone ring light is probably the best-known one, there are quite a few different ring lights out there. If a smartphone ring light is not for you, maybe you would be interested in a ring light on a stand. This ring light is placed on a tripod and comes with a stand for your camera. This way you can create a more professional setup to take great selfies and portrait pictures. If you want to use in ring light in combination with your tablet or laptop, you can opt for a bigger ring to use for these devices. You can place these around the camera too and it gives off great lighting for videos and online conferences.