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Ringlights and Kids

February 15, 2016 3:17 PM | Daniel Berry

So after being at many trade shows and photography conferences and workshops I have been asked multiple times about children and shooting their images with ringlights as many people seem to think that the intensity of the ringlights are to bright for the children. Here is my take on shooting baby and kids with the ringlights...

To start if you are going to be shooting an infant or baby you may just want to use the light as a fill light from the side or above to give you that extra light you need for your natural light if that's how your shooting, but do not think that you can not use it as your main light. Many times with infants you have the room warm enough to hopefully keep the child asleep which then you do not have to worry about the light in their eyes but if you do think of this.

What bothers your eyes more? When a strobe flashes in your face when a image is shot or constant lighting where your eyes can get adjusted and the lighting does not change.

For me after standing in front of a ringlight for multiple hours at the trade shows i learned that i would much rather have the constant lighting that strobes and then seeing spots. I'm not staying that strobes are not a good choice for many things in the photography world because I love my strobe but with infants this may help keep them calm and not spooking when the strobe fires.

Also if the child is not crawling or walking have the mother hold the baby or child to help keep them calm and happy. This will produce much greater images.

Kids.... now kids are always tough but with the ringlight if you can get them to stand in front of you for long enough to take an image of how awesome and weird their eyes look and can keep them entertained while in front of you then you have them won. As for most kids they are calmer when the parents are around which as I said helps produce great images.

As I shot this baby below the mother held the child while other people around me assisted with keeping a smile on his face. Never once did it appear that the baby was squinting his eyes or having any issues being in front of the ringlight. With his mother holding him he was quite content and we produced some amazing images his mother loved.

The other child below was just as easy to shoot, I started with just showing him an image of how crazy his baby brothers eyes were and asked him if he wanted to have a picture with his eyes like that and who wouldn't want something that their brother has. I told him to keep his sucker in and we could take a few images. When I asked him if the light was hurting his eyes he shook his head no and stood right there with his mom next to him.

In conclusion it is my thought that the light is easier for the kids than having the strobes go off. They seems to enjoy being in front of the ringlights and the older child never complained about the light hurting his eyes when asked and he stood there for about 10 minutes which for a kid to stay there that long was kind of surprising. These give you a one of a kind look that many people have never experience and that can set you apart from others in your area.

If you are interested in learning more about ringlights or if you are interested in purchasing a ringlight feel free to contact me at danielberryphotography@gmail.com

Thanks for reading my blog and keep checking back for more blogs and travel adventures.

Daniel Berry Photography


  • March 16, 2016 8:30 AM | Anonymous
    I agree! I have shot younger kiddos (2-10) with a ring light and while it's not something I use for the whole session, I like a few and I always tell them these will be their "rockstar" pics. If a kiddo strikes a cool pose or even throws on a pair of shades, I think it's a fun shot to throw into the mix and spice up the gallery.
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