What have you heard about ring lights?
How are these lights used?
Why are ring lights so popular?
What are the benefits of using one?
According to Mr. Google, dentists first used the ring “flash” light in 1952 for dental photography. Dental clinics now use new and improved versions of the original to practice precise dentistry.
For decades, professional photographers used ring lights for portraiture. In the fashion industry, models could appear even more flawless in glamor shoots.
The benefits? A desk lamp alone tends to cast harsh shadows. A ring light creates a soft, even halo around the presenter’s face, creating the illusion of brighter eyes and a more flattering appearance.
Politicians, broadcasters, and entertainers concerned with their appearance have used a ring light, discovering it works like makeup, reducing facial shadows and minimizing blemishes.
Beginning in 2020, when the pandemic required social distancing, ring lights became even more popular. Social media mavens created podcasts or webinars at home, using ring lights (or an LED lamp) to cast themselves in a more favorable light. People all over the world have used ZOOM for business meetings. I’m certain an increasing number of Zoom-ers benefit from using ring lamps.
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I don’t own a ring light although I’m sure a ring of focused light would improve my appearance, smoothing out sags, erasing wrinkles and minimizing the bags under my eyes. Every morning, I wash my face and apply skin care, doing what I can to maintain a healthy, natural tone. Like my grand-daughter, I do look in the mirror too. If I think I don’t look so good, I’ll put on a quick smile. Even if it feels fake, it does improve my appearance–at least temporarily. A quick daub of lipstick, and I’m on with the day.
While I’m concerned with how I look in photos and videos, I have a greater concern, the blessing of the LORD shining on my countenance each day. This benediction speaks of light that flows from a divine source, one not of this world.
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake. ~ Psalm 31:16 KJV
God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. ~ Psalm 67:1 KJV
And finally, the Aaronic blessing, a beautiful, divine blessing given by Aaron, the high priest, to bless the nation of Israel in the Hebrew testament.
The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. ~ Numbers 6:24-26
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What do you know about ring lights? Have you used one?
Are you familiar with the Aaronic blessing? Another meaningful blessing or benediction?