Every now and then I'd bring out the ring flash and have fun with it. I personally consider this light as a double-edged sword. It's either you get the shot, or you don't. I would leave it up to you on how you want to judge the quality of this output though.
The difficult part happens with the model since she's going to be bombarded by a direct source of light. Unless the studio is brightly lit, her pupils would be dilated. You get the red-eye effect at the start of the shoot, but her eyes should have normalized by the time you've hit your next few images. Also you have to mind your physical distance with the her since the light is literally attached to your camera. Normal monolight strobes have their placements fixed, thus you're independent on where you want to move. With the light on you, your position is pretty much fixed leaving only the focal length to work with.
I used my trusty AlienBees ring flash for this one. Just watch out for the vignettes when opening up on a wider focal length.
At the end of the day a ringflash used this way is an acquired taste. Some people might find it too raw looking, but to others that rawness is part of the allure.
- Make-up: Clarissa Medved
- Styling: Model's Own
- Model: Mae Ng