Better Selfies: Ring Lights for Professional-Looking Pics and Videos

Get good lighting any time of day with these influencer-approved setups.

Taking picture with ring light
A ring light looks much more professional than flash—and it lets you shoot anytime.Pexels

Whether you’ve dreamed of being a YouTube star or you simply want to to look professional on video calls or take high-quality selfies from the comfort of your own home, a ring light lets you do just that at any hour of the day. Here’s how to find the best one to strike a pose in front of.

10” Selfie Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Phone Holder for Live Stream/Makeup, Dimmable Led Camera Beauty Ringlight for YouTube TikTok/Photography Compatible for iPhone and Android Phone(Upgraded)
Switch between three color lighting modes.Erligpowht

Phone cameras are so clear now, you don’t need a professional camera unless you’re shooting something particularly advanced. If you shoot or stream most of your content or calls on your smartphone, a ring light with a phone holder will make it easy.

Neewer 18-inch SMD LED Ring Light Dimmable Lighting Kit with 78.7-inch Light Stand, Filter and Hot Shoe Adapter for Camera Photo Studio LED Lighting Portrait YouTube Video Shooting (No Carrying Bag)
Capture angles from up to 78.7 inches high.Neewer

The bright exposure from the LED bulbs of most ring lights isn’t always the most flattering or sometimes even the lighting you need, depending on the situation. In that case, seek out ring lights that give you the option to add warm-light filters or other colors.

Neewer RL-12 LED Ring Light 14” outer/12 on Center with Light Stand, Soft Tube, Filter, Carrying Bag for Makeup, YouTube, Camera/Phone Video Shooting
This set also comes with a phone-holder, a tripod, a bag, filters, and other accessories.Neewer

For content-creators and anyone on the go, portability is a key factor to consider. Bring with you all the accessories you need for a shoot with a simple, deconstructable kit.

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