Whether you’re new to the realm of social media, or you’re wanting to up your selfie game, one thing that you need to know about is the power of good lighting.
Let me start off by saying that I am by no means a “top notch” Instagrammer. But one of the main questions that I get asked most frequently is, “what kind of lighting do you use?”
First and foremost, lighting can make or break a photo. Let’s be honest, natural sunlight is just not possible 24/7. And if it is, I need to know where you live ASAP because I’m totally moving there. But seriously, if you haven’t had much luck with natural lighting, then I highly recommend investing in a professional lighting kit.
Now, before you get scared away from the word investing, I’m here to tell you about my cheap little secret. Keep in mind, most lighting kits run anywhere from $250 or more. However, what I use is right under $100.
Here’s My Secret
One of my all-time favorite lighting accessories for taking photos is the 18-inch Neewer Ring Light. While it may have a strange name, it has been an absolute game changer not only for my Instagram but also for doing my makeup or even filming videos.
The stand itself sort of resembles a tripod. The legs are fully adjustable and the light can be taken off (which is super convenient if you ever need to purchase a new bulb, instead of having to buy a whole new lighting kit + stand).
How To Use It
Once you’ve easily assembled the light, just plug it in and turn on the dimmable switch located on the rim. I absolutely love the dimming option because it allows me to control how intense I want the lighting to be.
Does It Take Up A Lot Of Space?
It’s actually really convenient as far as space goes. If you prefer not to have it up all of the time, you can unscrew it and fold it down into its carrying case. I personally have mine sitting right next to my makeup vanity where I get ready every morning. All I have to do is turn on the dimmable switch and it’s good to go.
Technical Stuff & Other Features
- The Kit Includes: (1)Ring Fluorescent Continuous Light+(1)59″/150cm Light Stand+(1)Soft Tube+(1)White and Orange Color Filter Set+(1)Hot Shoe Adapter.
- The Light Itself: 18 inches/48 centimeters fluorescent continuous ring light with a reinforced flexible arm which makes it easy to move.
- The Stand: 59 inches/150 centimeters light stand is constructed from aluminum alloy, giving it exceptional strength for heavy duty work.
- White and Orange Color Filter Set: Made of high light transmission plastic materials, which is lightweight, steady color temperature and low loss; The soft tube can make the light rotate freely for the best position. The kit also includes a hot shoe adapter for most DSLR cameras.
I have used this light for over three years and have had zero issues with it. It’s easy-to-use, high-quality, and perfect for anyone who’s looking for a little extra zest in their lives. What kind of lighting do you use for your selfies? Share it in a comment down below.
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**Side Note: This blog post is not sponsored and all of my opinions are 100% my own**