Andrew Smith writes, â€œSet-up a flash with softbox or shoot-through umbrella and take the picture from immediately in front of it, centered horizontally and vertically. Keep yourself as small as possible so as to allow as much light as possible to pass around you.â€
He says the technique is still used by even the most high-end magazine photographers who need a ringlight effect in a pinch. The telltale catchlights in the subjectâ€™s eyes will appear as circles or squares with a line going from the middle downwards.
One bonus for this technique is the soft shadows created because youâ€™re using a softbox.
Illustration: Andrew Smith