I have heard bad things about Macro Ring Flashes, I am just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this or any other suggestions?

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  • As it is, this is an equipment recommendation question. Could you edit it so that it asks about macro speedlights in general, e.g. "I was told to stay away from ring flash lights for macro - do they have disadvantages? what are my alternatives?" – flolilolilo Oct 16 '18 at 9:42
  • What type of photos do you plan to take? Portraits, Marcos, Product? – Alexander von Wernherr Oct 16 '18 at 11:00
  • @flolilolilo Updated :) Im looking to do insects and flowers/leaves etc :) – Stephen Wright Oct 16 '18 at 11:41
  • What bad things did you hear? – mattdm Oct 16 '18 at 13:10
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    Possible duplicate of How do cheap macro ring flashes perform? – xiota Oct 16 '18 at 20:33

There is nothing inherently bad about ring flashes. They just tend to yield a very uniform picture that isn't very interesting, but they are easier to use in macro than other flashes, which fall mostly in two categories: those where the lens casts a shadow on the subject, and those where the subject has strong lateral shadows. A third category ("just right") requires a lot of work and patience.

Personally, I don't use flash in macrophotography. If its a fixed subject then I use a long exposure. and if its a live subject (bugs...) then I try to do without one because it washes out all the nice reflections, transparencies and shadows.

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