Macro photography is something I really like. After taking some macro shots of decaying flowers the other week, I wanted to explore macro photography further. I decided to invest in some equipment. I bought a new tripod (Hanel Triad 30 Lite Professional Aluminium Alloy Tripod) and a Macro Ring Light (JJC LED 48 Macro Ring Light). I got the ring light for a very modest £40. I was expecting this to be much more when I first started my research, but because this is a continuous light and not a flash, I could keep the price down. This just means the light is on continuously. That doesn’t bother me at all. The light comes with a battery pack which you can screw in between the camera and the tripod, or you can use a plug adapter.
The ring light uses LED’s, so this means they do not get hot. They are also colour balanced to that of natural daylight, so you get a nice natural white balance on your shots. I decided to take some more pictures of some flowers that we had in the kitchen. The camera was mounted on the new tripod with the Macro Ring Light attached to the front of my 45-150mm telephoto lens. The ring light attaches with a 52mm adapter ring. Mounted in between the lens and the camera was an extension tube.
The ring light has 3 different light settings on it. Full, Inner and Outer. The light has 2 rings of LED’s. When the switch is set to Full, then both rings are illuminated. If Inner is set, then only the inner ring is lit, and visa versa for the other switch setting. The photos below where taken with both rings lit. It was quite a dull day outside, so the ambient light wasn’t very strong, but with the light in use I was getting between 1/100 second and 1/250 second exposure times at f5.