Product Spotlight: Orbis Ring Flash Diffusing Attachment
I am a big fan of the ring flashes I have used in the past, so when I got the opportunity to try the Orbis Ring Flash Diffusing Attachment produced by Enlight Photo I was really excited. I am primarily a commercial photographer and spend a lot of my time shooting beauty images both for editorial and advertising use. I decided to try a variety of beauty looks with the Orbis ring to see how it measures up. For this test I paired the Orbis ring with my LumoPro 120.
It was a little tough at first to get the arm attached and the flash positioned correctly with the lens, but I persevered until I got everything working correctly. The main drawback I found right away was that with a long lens, the metal arm, and my camera itself, the overall set up was very heavy. I grabbed my tripod and secured everything as tightly as I could. This worked fine, but the next time I use the Orbis ring I will try using a smaller lens like the 24-70mm.
To start, we headed outside of the studio to shoot with the last of the day’s available light. Next to the building is a long alleyway overgrown with ivy, which is a great spot for portraits. As it was late in the day the light was fading fast. The Orbis flash did a nice job of supplementing the available sunlight and adding just a kiss of extra light to the exposure.
Next we headed into the studio to try a more dramatic look. In the past I have enjoyed using a ring flash with a black backdrop as it helps the model to really pop out from the background and also reduces the halo effect that the ring flash creates. We used a fan to give a little movement to Krisztina’s hair and added a glitzy top. I got the glamorous and sexy look I was going for, but I did find that I couldn’t back up too much as the flash I was using did not have enough power from farther away. If I try this look again with the Orbis ring I will try using a more powerful flash unit (and one that recycles faster since no one wants to stand around waiting on batteries).
For the next look I wanted to try mixing the Orbis ring with additional strobes. I set up the ring as the key light and then added two accent lights to both give a backlit effect, and to reduce the halo that comes with using a ring light. I also chose a vibrant light blue backdrop to bring out the blue in Krisztina’s eyes.
With the last look I wanted to go for something really bold. One advantage of a strong specular light is that it makes colors pop more than they do with natural light and standard strobes. I chose to work with a beautiful bright pink backdrop from Drop it MODERN, and Aimee added a fun and colorful makeup look to complement the color pallet. We added a pink accessory to Krisztina’s hair and we were ready to go.
Overall I was very pleased with how the ring flash performed. Once I find a more powerful flash that can keep up with me I will definitely be adding the Orbis flash to my lighting arsenal. When I need to shoot full length with lots of power I will likely stay with the ring flashes I have used in the past. But for beauty looks from the shoulders up, whether in studio or on location, the Orbis flash will be my go-to tool.
Laura Tillinghast started making art at a young age, discovering photography as her true passion in college. From that point on she has never put her camera down. Shooting primarily advertising and editorial content, you never know what you will find in front of her lens. Also an educator, Laura holds a series of popular photo workshops that focus on the fundamentals of lighting. Check out her online portfolio here: http://lauratillinghast.com/
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