Lumedyne Ring Flash [repost]

Originally posted 21.11.08

I’ve been really busy over the past few weeks, so haven’t posted much, but I just received my new ring flash this morning, and thought I’d just post a couple of pics from it. I’ve been using Lumedyne lighting for years – all bought through the wonderful Graham at the Flash Centre in Leeds. Lumedyne flash is battery powered heads, which means I can use them almost anywhere. For a long time I’ve been thinking of getting a ring flash, and I’m just about to start a three month project with BigVoiceMedia which offered the perfect excuse to get one. A ring flash is basically a flash that sits around the axis of the lens, and gives a very efficient, clean light, with a characteristic shadow on all sides of the subject – its often used in fashion and product shots, but I’m going to be working with young people documenting how they would like to be shown in the media, and this is one of the lighting tools I’m going to be using.
I’ve only shot a few frames with it, but its already looking great – close up its incredibly powerful – even at 6W/S at ISO200 I’m pulling f11 or so on the self-portraits – I’m looking forward to doing some full length shots next week and seeing how that looks too.

It all feels really well made (which it should be – it comes in at over a grand), and I’m looking forward to playing…

Ring flash mounted with a Nikon D3 and 85mm f1.8 lens.

Characteristic ring flash shadow and catch light with office lamp…

I don’t make a habit of posting pics of myself, but it seemed like a good way to test things… These are very typical of the sort of effect ring flash gives.