Soft diffused light works well for subject photography without shadows. Many people aim their flash at the ceiling for this purpose, others take pictures in a lightbox, but all this requires skills and the right equipment. Ring lamps are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to solve this problem.
I have been writing reviews about products from online stores since 2015 and all these years I have been photographing with a smartphone in daylight. That is, in the shade in bright sunlight. But the weather is extremely changeable: sometimes the sun is not visible for weeks, and at the beginning of summer it does not look at the windows at all. And without normal light, good photos will not work. To customers, such excuses may seem extremely unconvincing (((
It would be nice to have an artificial light source for photos in cloudy weather, as well as in the evening.
By the way, absolutely all the photos in the review were taken by an old Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone. That is, the camera was the same, but the lighting was different.
The Ritmix RRL-091 lamp arrived in a slightly wrinkled cardboard box. Traditionally, all the competitive advantages of the product are indicated on the box.
This is what the lamp looks like: a powerful metal clothespin with two flexible legs and a wire with a control panel.
Separately in the box was a plastic holder for a smartphone. Sponges can be moved apart from 58 to 87 mm. Enough to hold most smartphone models.
The holder is fixed on the metal ball of the flexible leg with a plastic clamp nut.
The lamp itself is made of high quality: the body is metal, nothing dangles and does not play. External diameter 89 mm, internal diameter 49 mm. Thickness 14 mm.
In poor outdoor lighting, the diffuser of the lamp seems to be illuminated. Most likely, there is a reflective substrate inside.
And here is the metal ball on the second flexible leg. Ball diameter 17.5 mm. It sticks to the base very well.
The metal clothespin of the base is made to last. Flexible legs are screwed to it with large metal nuts. Thus, the entire design of the lamp is made with a good margin of safety and looks very durable.
The length of the power cable is 127 cm. The body of the remote control is plastic. After turning on, the power button is illuminated with a blue LED. Management is intuitive. Plus and minus brightness adjustment. A total of 9 brightness levels are available. Arrow button — change color temperature.
USB power increases ease of use: you can not depend on sockets, but for example, connect a lamp to a power bank.
Well, let’s start testing. I chose a seemingly not the most capricious item — Lenovo wireless headphones, dark gray, matte.
Test shot in general room lighting. A chandelier hangs on the back left, and a bright wall lamp hangs on the front right. I didn’t really like the result because of the sharpness of the picture, also because of the presence of shadows.
Unfortunately, I cannot attach a lamp clip to the main table in the room — there is a thick edging near the tabletop. I will take it off hand.
I looked at how much the lamp consumes at a neutral color temperature, and this is traditionally the brightest mode, since both “cold” and “warm” LEDs work simultaneously.
The first photo is the maximum brightness, the second photo is the minimum brightness.
Let’s get back to our headphones. Neutral color temperature, maximum brightness. Smartphone camera settings to “auto”. I usually take 10–20 photos from each angle, then select the best ones. And almost everyone had problems with clarity.
Switch to warm color temperature. That’s how I had to take pictures, not very convenient.
Again at maximum brightness. Clarity is even more of a problem.
I’ll try to reduce the brightness by 2–3 points.
It got a little better.
Well, cold color temperature.
Again, solid “soap”.
I was somewhat disappointed with the results of the work. But let’s try to assemble the lamp completely. I have an old kitchen table with a matching top.
The length of the flexible leg with the lamp is 53.5 cm, the length of the leg with the holder is 32 cm.
The clothespin holds on to the table rather tightly.
We mount the smartphone holder on the ball.
For clarity, I fixed a 5.5 inch Asus Zenfone. Thanks to the combination of a flexible leg and a ball, the smartphone can be placed in relation to the subject at almost any angle.
We place the lamp in front of the camera. This time we connect the lamp to the power bank.
The photo studio on the table is ready!
I decided to see if objects larger than the previous headphones would cast shadows. He took off a dusty 10-cm dwarf from the shelf.
And in general, it turned out well.
I put it standing up, the angle is so-so, but notice that there are no shadows.
I tried to capture the clock. They also turned out well. Only there was a problem with the reflection of the lamp in the glass.
Well, a wireless mouse Ritmix. Everything is good, only in some places there are glare. But they are also from natural light.
Thus, experimentally, we found out that with the help of such a lamp it is better not to remove small objects “from the hands”. It is better to mount the lamp and the smartphone permanently, as it was originally intended. The optimal size of objects for a photo is in the region from 5 to 20 cm. The distance from the object to the camera is in the region of 20–30 cm.
Ring lamp Ritmix RRL-091 may well be used as a budget option for backlighting for subject photography using a smartphone.
Similar to the examples above, you can shoot videos for blogs in the style of “talking hands”. That is, to do reviews of collectibles, to conduct cooking classes, manicure master classes, etc.
With proper skill, with the help of Ritmix RRL-091, you can take photos and videos of talking people. For example, YouTube and Twitch streaming, some videos for Tik-Tok and Instagram live.
Thank you for your attention.