Make a Ringlight for Just $1

Ringlight on Weird Eyes

Here’s a really cheap way to produce that ringlight effect in your subject’s weird eyes.

Photographer B. Stevens suggests using a large piece of paper with the ringlight pattern cut out of it and pasting the patterned paper onto a PC monitor. Instant ringlight. Geez!

You can also slap the ringlight pattern onto your softbox or diffusion screen. Just be sure to jack up your ISO setting to 1600 to compensate for the reduced light.

And oh, when using the PC monitor, Stevens says to check your white balance properly. Monitors do give weird color casts.

Have you really considered what’s great about ringlights anyways?

Photo: B. Stevens/DIY Photography

Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.