We always recommend getting your ring lights inspected by a qualified professional first. The key to a good video ring light is to get rid of excessive light, as well as to have a well lit area to make the video easier to capture. If any light is present in your video footage, then you will be wasting your time trying to get it out.
If the video you are making is for an educational or theatrical use, then it is possible to get the ring lights removed, or even set in a way that doesn’t give any light to the video. For this, you will need to use infrared lighting. There are various ways to do this, and we cover them in detail in our guide: How To Get Your Video Ring Lights Out Of The Camera Lens
What is infrared lighting?
IR lighting utilizes different wavelengths of light, the most common being infrared. It is a type of photography, like a strobe that allows the photographer to produce a different look. In contrast to the daylight, IR lighting offers much more natural light, without the blobs of white/blue/yellow light that the daylight does, so a ring light doesn’t need to work with that type of lighting. IR lighting was created because it is a very low-light way to use your camera, and can offer a lot of color reproduction and a different camera look depending on the lighting.
What can I do to make my ring lights disappear?
You can certainly manipulate the light to give you a better look in a video, but you will have to make sure you have a suitable area to work with. For an educational purpose, simply cover the areas that need to be lit with the IR light, in the same position, and leave them that way afterwards. Also, there are a lot of ring lights that don’t have this technology, so be sure to ask the company about this before purchasing them.
Is it safe to do this?
No. Ring lights are high powered devices and can be very damaging if used by themselves. You can even find some products in the market and claim they are ring light, but they have no LED technology and cannot achieve the same levels of light levels as IR lights. If you are going to do your own DIY ring light project, then always seek the approval of an electrician who knows the details of how to properly set up a ring light, so that you can do a reliable job.
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