Close-up and macro photography is well-known for making arresting pictures of commonplace things. But if you try to use a regular flash unit, or worse yet, an on-board flash to illuminate such things, you could be in for a few disappointments. First of all, when you're shooting subjects that close, it's possible that the camera and lens itself could be in the way of your light. And secondly, even if the flash is softened by a soft box, you might have some unwanted shadows from the light being off-axis with the lens itself. Wouldn't it be great if you could put your soft light source right next to your lens somehow?
Oh, wait... you can, with this HVL-RL1 ring light for compatible Sony cameras. It's ideal for full-frame cameras like the ground-breaking Sony Cyber-shot® RX1 and the Alpha SLT-A99V. This ring light is perfect for portrait and fashion photography as well, as it makes for engaging light reflections in pupils and halo-light shadows surrounding the subject.