There is a period in the life of every photographer when they start digging professional fashion photos and wondering how fashion photographers manage to create this kind of soft light and pinpoint the subject’s eyes.
The answer is both simple and difficult. This effect can be achieved with something called a ringflash adapter. Why is it difficult? Because professional ringflash adapters may cost up to $500 a piece or even more.
If you’re not the type of a person who would pay five hundred bucks for a lighting tool or DIY it, then still there’s a solution. Vello has created a cheaper version of a ringflash adapter, Vello Ringbox, that costs only $90. Let’s review it!
Common ringflash adapters are circular panels full of tiny prisms and mirrors—that are fastened to your camera’s external flash—evenly illuminating the model with soft light, getting rid of shadows, and leaving a terrific-looking circular reflection in the person’s eyes. Just like on the photo below.
Vello Ringbox is different though. Having neither prisms nor mirrors and costing literally five times less than a professional ringflash adapter, it provides your the same results and performance. It’s a portable softbox, made of special fabric, which collapses to only 8 inches/20 cm.
The main advantage of Vello Ringbox, apart from its price, is that it’s much bigger than the common ringflash adapters and therefore the amount and quality of diffused light are better.
It’s compatible with most DSLRs and flashes and works really simple. You take the thing out of the small pouch it comes in, open it and lock its shape with special magnetic rods on the sides of the ring, mount the flash onto your camera hot shoe, fix the lens using adjustable elastic cords in the center opening of the ring, and then secure the flash LED in the upper part of the ring via a strap with hook-and-loop fasteners.
That’s about it. The hybrid ringflash adapter—which will help you do awesome close-up fashion, macro, product, and medical photography—is ready to use.
Vello Ringbox ringflash adapter has the diameter of 18 inches/45.7 cm when it’s opened, weighs exactly one pound/454 grams, and comes together with a carrying zip bag and masking strip. It may be purchased from various online photography equipment vendors for $90.
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