EPhoto 132



Bowens Ring Light Adapter








It's amazing to me that we're up to 'EPhoto 132' already! I'll try to put a few more issues under the 2007 EPhotos, but don't hold me to it! We'll probably just keep piling them up here!

In any case, in this issue we're going to take a quick look at the

Bowens

Ringlite Converter. Before we get too carried away, let's look at what exactly a 'ringlite' is, and why you may want to use one.

First off, ring lights are a specialized light. They are used in many cases where you want a very flat even light, like in medical and dental procedures. That's why some manufacturers make these small versions that fit around your lens for macro photography. There even used to be macro lenses with built in ring lights called 'medical' lenses, but a quick Internet search couldn't find any. Here's a typical example of a small ring light.


Now, there are other uses for ring lights besides molars and stamp collections. Fashion photographers and even some portrait photographers use them. But these little low powered rigs are only good for getting in tight, what do you do when you want to get a full length person in?

Well, watt second breath, until now you could buy or rent a big ring light unit with generator or something along those lines. What Bowens has done is to design a clever converter that will mount to any of their flash units and turn it into a ring light! Pretty cool huh?

Here's what it looks like:



Pretty cool, huh? That's a Bowen light unit attached to it. Here's how it works. Remove the flash tube and attach the adapter. Then you can mount the camera for vertical or horizontal shooting or you can shoot hand held by poking your lens through it. The lack of a modeling light comes into play with reflective objects like the jewelry below because you can't see reflections but with people just shoot with the room lights on. You know it's aimed straight at them! For a full report you can see Shutterbug magazine in a few months but here's the quick low down and a few images.

*It's kind of awkward using, I put it on a light stand and shot through it. *Use a longer lens just to be able to poke through the ring.

*Even with room light, red eye was a major issue with people.

*It will set you back about $500. Plus you need a Bowens light.

*It was fun to use but pretty specialized, but if you like that halo look it gives you, go for it!








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