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Best Ring Light for Hair Salons and Other Lighting Options

By Nikki Lalor For Spectrum
PUBLISHED: April 30, 2018


Best Ring Light for Hair Salons and Other Lighting Options




If you are a hair stylist or have worked at a hair salon or barbershop, then you have definitely experienced moments when you were proud of your work and you wanted to take a picture of your client’s haircut for your portfolio.

 

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Unfortunately, you realised that the whole process will take a little bit longer than you expected and as a result, you were forced to just take a quick few shots from your camera and thus, were unsatisfied with the outcome of the photos.


The truth is that it can be quite difficult to take quality photos of your customer’s haircut when you are short on time and your next client is waiting on the sideline. Luckily, there are a variety of things that you can do to significantly improve the quality of the photos that you take for your salon in this type of scenario.

 

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A Good Lense for your Camera or Portrait Mode for iPhones

If you're fortunate enough to have an iPhone 7 Plus, an iPhone 8 Plus, or an iPhone X, then you have probably played around with Portrait Mode, and if you have an iPhone X, then may have tested the portrait selfies and Portrait Lighting. Portrait Mode allows a standard photo of someone into an almost DSLR-quality photo.

Contrary to the belief of others, it is more suitable to invest in good lenses rather than purchasing an expensive camera body. Using fast plain lens will create a nice background blur on your photos and will make the subject of your photos stand out better.


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Use Appropriate Settings for Cameras
Making sure your camera is set to aperture priority mode will enable you to better control the focus of your frame, which allows you to scan through the background of your subject out-of-focus by using a wider aperture.

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Utilise Suitable Items as Your Background
Alternatively, if you don’t want to blur your background out with a wider aperture listing and you just want a solid background for your photos then you can use suitable items in your salon, such as the portable hair salon banner that is used for advertising to serve as the background for your photos.

 

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Make Sure You Have Proper Lighting Available
Lighting is important when taking photos and while we always prefer to use natural lighting, it just isn’t always possible in every scenario. Having the  Spectrum Aurora ring lights available in your salon will definitely provide you with the perfect light that you need to take your beautiful photos.


To give you more ideas on how to use lighting properly, here are some guidelines that you can follow when using a Spectrum Aurora ring light.


  • Position your subject away from the wall or your background to avoid shadows and to provide more details for the shoot.
  • Bring the subject ears forward into the light to produce a slimming effect on the subject’s face and neck
  • Pose the subject’s hair by smoothening flyaway, spacing it evenly, and filling in thin spots
  • Before taking the shot, remember to keep still and give the camera time to focus before shooting
  • Use a ring light diffuser to soften and evenly distribute the light on the subject
  • Always take multiple shots so that you can capture the highlights of the subject’s best features

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In addition to the guidelines mentioned above, here are other tips that you can follow when taking photos in your hair salon.
  • Keep your light focused on the subject
  • It is advisable to shoot wide and just crop the photo later so that you won’t miss any good details
  • Focus your shot on the nearest eye and not on the hair for a more sharper and professional look on your photos.


By following these simple steps and guidelines when taking photos for your hair salon, you can rest assured that you can dramatically improve the photos that you take and therefore increase your hair salon sales from these enticing photos that you can add to your portfolio.


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