Ring Light Review: Why you SHOULDN’T use Diva Ring Lights for Video Lighting!

when it comes to video lighting ring lights have been getting a lot of attention recently but if you're planning to use one for shooting your videos in most cases my recommendation is to avoid them altogether so in this video we're going to take a look at why you shouldn't use a diva ring light for your videos is Justin Brown air from primal video where we help you amplify your business and brand with video if you're new here make sure you click that subscribe button and all the links to everything we mentioned in this video you can find linked in the description box below so let's jump into it now ring lights diva lights circle lights whatever you want to call them they're a pretty popular type of light for video creators now what they do have some advantages there are a few downsides that often don't get a mention whenever I'm asked should I get a ring light for my videos typically my answer is almost always no when it comes to video lighting there are much better options available so to help you decide if a ring light is really the best option for your videos we'll start off by looking at the benefits and yes they're awesome then we'll look at the downsides to give you the full picture now while this is my opinion some people swear by ring lights for pretty much everything so let me know in the comments are you using a ring light for your videos what experience have you had and yeah what are your thoughts on ring lights once we're done with the review I'll also share my recommendations for best all-round video lighting kits and a link to a tutorial on how you can use them to get great results every time so starting off them with the advantages or the pros of ring lights is that typically most of them straight out of the box will throw a nice soft flattering light versus although the cheaper lights on YouTube that aren't ring lights they're not going to have that diffusion or throw a soft light so a harsh light or a hard light is going to give you a lot more shadows and a lot more contrast on your face whereas a ring light or a diffused light is going to give you straight of the Box a much more diffused softened light which is going to help hide things like wrinkles or make them look a lot less prominent in your shot now because they do throw a nice soft light it also means that you can typically sit a lot closer to them which is why they're perfect for things like beauty videos and makeup tutorials because typically you can be sitting a lot closer to the camera to be able to shoot those kinds of videos but the other thing with having this circular focus and focusing that light on the subject of the video being a nice soft light it actually softens the background as well so it's more of a softer blending between the subject and the background so this can work really well if there's not a lot going on in the background or if you're using just a plain white wall or something like that can create a pretty cool look and now for the downsides of using a ring light in your videos but with the biggest one is the reflection that it can create in your eyes the circular reflection that can look really really distracting and look really really unnatural and in a lot of cases it's due to people sitting so close to the ring light to get that nice flattering light now this is something that's really personal preference some people will love it and love that look and always try to recreate that in their videos others absolutely hate it because it looks unnatural because it can be distracting and can really take away from what's been said or the content of the actual video and this is something that you only get when you're using ring lights or diva lights for your videos purely based on the shape of the lights themselves so because the lights are round and circular with a hole in the middle then it's going to create that same reflection in your eyes if you're sitting close enough to the light alright so who are they good for who are they not good for and what are my recommendations now just remember that making videos is art it's a creative process there's no right or wrong with it it really is personal preference you might like something or hate something it's all about creating the videos that you want to create and that are going to resonate with your audience so if you're someone that likes that circular reflection in the eyes and that's the look that you're after then obviously that's the choice for you is to get a ring light because no other light is going to give you that same look and that's really why for most people when they ask me what lights they should use I tell them not to get a ring light or a diva light because of that reflection I'm not a fan of it I actually think it looks really unnatural I think it's really distracting and yeah it annoys me I don't think it needs to be there but it is a look that a lot of people like so if everybody else that doesn't like that look and is after that nice flattering soft light to still do makeup videos and makeup tutorials as well as well as any other kind of video then there are other lights available that will give you that same look without the reflection so an example and the ones that we currently use and recommend a by a company called young yo and the light is the yn 300 air now these are a pretty small LED light panel that do throw a nice soft diffused light you can control the brightness except your resulting video and the reflection in the eye it is going to look a lot more natural so again it's really going to come down to personal preference but in my opinion I think you're actually going to get better results in most cases with regular LED lights that have diffusion or add diffusion add a pillowcase add a piece of cloth add some baking paper or cooking paper to soften your lights down so that you're able to get a nice softer light which is a more flattering light but at the end of the day remember any lights are better than no lights and it really is personal preference as to what look you like the look of so the two videos linked on screen the first one is linking to our recommended video lighting options and the second one is to a video lighting tutorial I'll see you soon

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