Today we will talk about such an impor­tant and inter­est­ing top­ic as light in video and pho­tog­ra­phy. I was puz­zled by this top­ic for a very long time, for which two soft­box­es and even two reflec­tive umbrel­las were pur­chased. It would seem that this is quite enough for the imple­men­ta­tion of absolute­ly any project. But the video often lacks dynam­ics, well, or some­thing you want to light up a lit­tle from the inside to enhance the effect of the envi­ron­ment. And in the pho­to, you can tint the shad­ows or catch an inter­est­ing high­light. Of course, I looked at dif­fer­ent LED strips for a long time, but some­thing stopped me. As a result, I tried in busi­ness such a new­fan­gled thing as RGB ring light­ing. In fact, the same tape, but con­ve­nient­ly designed and eas­i­ly trans­portable. It is on it that I pro­pose to dwell in more detail today.

Characteristics
  • Out­er diam­e­ter: 20 cm.
  • Max­i­mum pow­er: 20W
  • Col­or tem­per­a­ture: 3300K-5600K
  • Light: cold/warm/natural + RGB
  • Pow­er sup­ply: USB 5 volts 1 amp.

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Video version of the review
Equipment

The back­light is pack­aged in a small card­board box with the mod­el des­ig­na­tion MJ20.

Inside we find a flex­i­ble hold­er for a smart­phone, mov­able fas­ten­ers and the lamp itself.

The hold­er is slid­ing, with a mov­able head and a foot that is very tight on the bend. In my opin­ion, to mount a smart­phone, it is bet­ter to pur­chase some­thing more pli­able. Or I’m just not used to it.

With fas­ten­ers, every­thing is clear. If the lamp does not need to be rotat­ed, then we sim­ply do not use it. He does not ask to eat, let him lie in a box — it will come in handy.

Design/Ergonomics

I chose a lamp with a diam­e­ter of 20 cm, but it can be up to 32. It has ven­ti­la­tion holes on the back, the diodes still heat up, and even a mount for hang­ing on the wall.

On the inside and out­side we have two threads for mount­ing on a tri­pod and for the hold­er. Here I also have wish­es: it’s bet­ter to have a “dad” for the hold­er, so you can use ordi­nary paws from cheap monopods.

In the cur­rent sce­nario, you need a “father-father” adapter, well, or use the com­plete one.

The pow­er cord is long enough — about 2 meters, ends with a reg­u­lar USB plug and car­ries a small con­trol pan­el.

From the pow­er bank, this whole struc­ture start­ed up eas­i­ly, which made me extreme­ly hap­py, since pulling all this from the out­let is not always con­ve­nient. The lamp con­sumes a max­i­mum of 5 volts 1.18 amperes.

Application

On the remote we have an LED, a pow­er but­ton, two bright­ness con­trols, they also switch col­ors, a choice of a light mod­el (blue, yel­low or day­light), as well as just a scat­ter­ing of pre­set options. For clas­sic shoot­ing, all you need is the M Mod­el but­ton and bright­ness con­trol. You adjust the shade, place it near the object or direct it to the object and that’s it — we work.

In the case of cre­ative use, there is a rip­ple and rota­tion mode. All this can be set to any col­or, well, or turn on the usu­al enu­mer­a­tion of col­ors.

We take sev­er­al pho­tos, and then choose the most impres­sive ones. Mul­ti-col­or modes are also present, but I per­son­al­ly do not use them. Although, it may be in vain.

For video, the device is very use­ful in order to high­light some­thing in the back­ground, enliven­ing it. Well, the pul­sa­tion will help bring tragedy into the moment. I was most struck by the spin­ning bright red back­light, famil­iar from the old three-dimen­sion­al games in aban­doned fac­to­ries or space­ships in dis­tress.

conclusions

In gen­er­al, if you have a cre­ative streak, you can come up with a lot of inter­est­ing things. The design, as for me, is sim­ple and reli­able, and 100% mobil­i­ty is achieved with a pow­er bank. Recent­ly, by the way, I use the ring not only for shoot­ing, but sim­ply to add atmos­phere and com­fort to the room. I love those cin­e­mat­ic blue shad­ows and the unob­tru­sive glow.

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