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Last weekend was my uncle's wedding, it was an outdoor event with great scenery for photography during the day. But when it became dark out lighting was of course more difficult. I do not have a ton of money to spend on lighting just yet and having a portable studio lighting was not an option. I did use a flash which did work for the most part. But during an event like this that flash photography can get quite annoying.

I was thinking of getting a ring light to do lighting, something that is always on and not quite annoying. I want to do more Portrait photography.

What lighting options would you recommend?

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I'd recommend sticking with speedlights. Ring lights have a much more limited range and would be a) much more distracting and b) consume much more power to stay on constantly. Constant lights also are not nearly as bright and so they won't give you nearly the coverage that a strobe can give you. Ring strobes would make a difference for close up shots (to give lighting under the lens, but would still be a flash and would still be frontal. Your best bet is to get diffusers that will improve the softness of the lighting from the strobes and also help make them less annoying (since the light will come from a bigger area.)

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I have seen photographers add any number of attachments (some homemade) to soften the light - as AJ Henderson says, the diffusion greatly helps stop the annoyance of hte flash. –  Kir Aug 30 '13 at 13:14
Looks like a diffuser is the way to go then I am looking at for them, thanks! –  Drew S Aug 31 '13 at 0:02
@DrewS - personally I use some of the products that Lumiquest makes. I've had good luck with them and they are pretty cheap. –  AJ Henderson Aug 31 '13 at 3:05

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