DSLR accessories

Ring flashes

Written by Gail Bjork

Ring flashes provide even frontal lighting for close up subjects such as coins and stamps.

Flash ringLighting something close up is often difficult. Shadows can appear on the subject being photographed, particularly when using traditional flashes.

Special flashes, known as ring flashes, provide very even frontal illumination of subjects.

Ring flashes typically consist of two parts connected by a cord: a shoe-mount unit that fits on a camera’s hot-shoe and a circular-shaped flash that mounts in front of a lens. The flash mounts either directly or with a step-up ring.

Ring flashes are designed to work with both 35mm film and digital single lens reflex cameras. Some are fully dedicated for through-the-lens auto exposure systems. Some can be used wirelessly.

Quality ring flashes are expensive. However, they are ideal for illuminating medical and scientific subjects, or any close-up subjects where capturing fine detail is desired, such as photographing coin and stamp collections.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.