Photo by: @kristinaurribarres
Most ring lights tend to give off cold light, which can give you blueish look. The Dual selfie ring light gives you the best of both worlds. It has both warm and cold LED’s that can be controlled independently.
The light clips on to anything that is up to 3/4″, it has a front facing mirror, and it’s rechargeable. It usually lasts about two hours at full brightness but can last even longer when it’s set low.
Instead of buttons, this ring light uses dials to control the brightness. So you can vary the light exactly how you want.
Check out the youtube video here by K3Chocolate: Video
One of the cons here is that you always have to recharge it, and it’s not as bright or as large as some other ring lights because they are about 3.5 inches.
In summary, these lights offer both warm and cold lighting at an affordable price compared to the larger ring lights at $80 to $100 plus.
Available here: http://flii.store/white-dual-flii-selfie-ring-light-rechargeable/
If you are looking to experiment with different poses for your selfies, the butterfly light effect might be something you can try out, positioning the lighting source behind the camera, like in the photo below:
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When posing, it’s a good idea to have something for your eyes to focus on so that your eyes are looking in the direction as your nose. Also, having a background the complements your style can add a subtle touch that makes the photo more attractive. Holding the lighting source higher above but not necessarily the camera can help eliminate unflattering photos. You can use a secondary lighting source directly below your chin like a reflector. So long as you are using two lighting sources this will eliminate unwanted shadows.
How to achieve a broad light shot…
One of the best ways to make your selfies attractive is to experiment with lighting, different angles, and positions. The photo above is by @rrebelliouss , the background is slightly illuminated, but the main source of lighting is to the top left. Having the light slightly above usually has the effect of eliminating unflattering shadows. Turning your head about 30 degrees away will focus the light on the broadside of your face, hence the term broad light. This creates a slight shadow on the far side of your face, and under the chin.
I recommend experimenting with this and see the results you get. Also, bring your ears/chin slightly forward can help give you a more defining jawline. The result is typically a more dramatic look. I am a huge fan of smiling because I believe it’s contagious and it puts the viewer in a positive mood. but in this case, she went for a more subtle expression which created an adorable look.
If you are looking for ways to have fun with your selfies, you have a few options to experiment, particularly different styles of lighting and angles.
Split light portraits are photos where light primarily illuminates one side of your face, where there is a shadow on the other side. Positioning the light source slightly above your face helps to avoid any unflattering shadows.
You can try this If you move the light source almost at a 90-degree angle, eighter right or left to your face, you will get a split light. There, the light will illuminate one side of your face, highlighting it and cast a complete shadow on the other side of your face. This can give more of a dramatic lighting effect. Tilting the camera slightly is great to make your photo unique because it makes it stand out from other photos. It seems like It draws your attention to it if you’re just glancing by.
Photo by: @sylaa_m
In bathrooms, sometimes the lighting quality is poor and this can make it difficult to see all the areas of your face clearly. However, there are some inexpensive alternatives we can look at.
LED strip lighting is a quick way to add lighting to your mirrors. They stick around the edges of the mirror, they are dimmable and come with a remote control.
Other great options are these cute little LED bulbs that stick on to mirror, they are also dimmable and come in a set of 10 and priced around $20.
Next up are mini ring lights, they are rechargeable and clip on to anything that’s up to 3/4 inch thick. They are usually priced are $14. They can be clipped on to mirrors, laptops, phones, or any thing you can think of.
This blog is about FLII mini ring lights. They are about 3 inches in diameter, and feature about 40 led emitters. The color temperature is about 5000k to 6000k which means that the lighting is cold. They are also rechargeable, and last about 2 hours with a charge time of about 1 hour.
They are no comparison to natural light, or the larger 18″ ring lights and you constantly have to recharge them and they only clip on to to things that are less that 3/4 inch thick.
The only real advantage this light might have is that is that they are portable and affordable. They also offer an inexpensive way for “do it your self” lighting because they are clip-ones.
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Photo by: @fleekzbaby
If you’re looking for different ways to spruce up your selfies, there are a few different options. One of my favorites is a board light shot. This involves moving the light to the left or the right side of your face and tilting your face slightly away from the camera, about 20 degrees so that the broad side of your face is shown, casting a slight shadow below your neck. This also has the effect of eliminating unflattering shadow.
In the photo above, the lighting is only illuming onside of her face, this can produce a dramatic effect while in combination with her makeup, creates an adorable photo.
By: FLII Lights