Do You Actually Need a Ring Light?

Do You Actually Need a Ring Light?

Ring lights are everywhere. But do you actually need them for Zoom meetings, FaceTime dates, or TikToks? Do they even create good results? Which ring light is best for you? We asked two professional photographers for their honest opinions and ring light tips.

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  1. videodancer1 on September 17, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    but why is a ring shape good? I understand that they’re intentional and portable. Why not be a solid circle?

  2. Dustin Aubry on September 17, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    I’m sorry but it’s influencers that push the concept of ring lights I think you need to look a little further back in history there used to be ring lights around the front of a lens on a camera

  3. Dorie Chevlen on September 17, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    Hi, I’m Dorie, the host of this video: I love learning about the best (and worst) products, so if there’s something you’d like to learn more about, leave a comment! Also, even if you hate this video, please keep the comments nice as I am devastatingly sensitive and I will take them all to heart <3

  4. deathmaybeyoursantaclaus on September 17, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Spotted the Focusrite interface at 2:39 – nice 😎

  5. 6mul #coolnsimple on September 17, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    i use flashlight sorry if make u mad

  6. Fake Name on September 17, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    These videos keep getting better.

  7. more jello please on September 17, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    I just open the blinds, and if it’s dark out, so be it. LOL Lighting is half the battle, truth be told I’d rather have someone with good audio than video. Then there are those that go out and buy audio gear and have no clue what they are doing. Best tip ever: learn how to use the mute feature haha.

  8. Alain Térieur on September 17, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I surely love what I saw! You’re the most beautiful host I’ve ever seen on YouTube!

  9. Gia Goodrich on September 17, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    This was fabulous @dorie!!!! It was so fun collaborating on this. Seriously the best team ever!

  10. Levi Must on September 17, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Can be used as a toilet seat if you get tired of being an influencer.

  11. Jakob Holzner on September 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    You could make a video about the basic principles of organizing your folders on your computer or to be more precise how to store/name/organize photos the correct way.

  12. Fareeda Bibi on September 18, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Education in simplicity

  13. Tarek M on September 18, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Just throw half a blanket cover over it. Diffuse it

  14. Techalyzer on September 18, 2021 at 12:15 am

    No. Ring light reflections in the eyes look like crap. What you need is a softbox, diffuse light.