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Ring flash portrait on green

Ring flash portrait on green background with gradient (Profoto AcuteB)

This is just a quick sample from my latest test shoot using my new Profoto ring flash, will write a longer post soon with more details and maybe a diagram.

Getting to know how to use the ring flash takes some testing, but I really like the possibilities that opens up with it. Especially with bringing out a lot of detail with an on-axis fill which helps to keep the shadows open even with a gridded beauty dish as main light like in this shot.

But it is not for everyone, I found it a bit hard on the eyes when I used myself as a test model setting the lights. So I guess I won’t use it on every assignment. No use annoying clients by flashing sharp light straight into their eyes.

More examples later.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Justin Van Leeuwen August 25, 2012, 02:35

    Yeah, ring flash can also get tricky because if you move the camera closer to the subject you’re also increasing your lighting ratio… so you’re constantly changing the power on it too.

  • Stefan Tell September 3, 2012, 08:07


  • Angel October 7, 2012, 06:48

    How can you get that perfect green background?

    • Stefan Tell October 7, 2012, 09:44

      It is an ordinary green paper background, lit with a separate gridded light to get the right gradient. It takes a little experimenting to get it right. I added a little pop with the Hue and Saturation sliders in Lightroom, but not that much.

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