Wearable Lights For Photographers – Includes Ringflash & HUD

Photographers Wearable Lights + HUD

Photographers Lights

These are the perfect thing for location shooting in places where you can’t rez objects – wearable lights that are fine tunable for every occasion. They are also the perfect lights for portraiture and product shots.


The Different Lighting Setups Included
The lighting setups included are:
1.Ringflash – good for object closeups and portraits.
2.Ring Flash Wide – good for medium distance shots
3. Wide Four Light Setup – good for longer distance shots.
4. Face Lights – A twin light setup for illuminating just yourself in dark clubs – set radius to around 10% for these.


For the uninitiated, a ringflash is a circular light that surrounds a camera lens, that has some rather interesting properties for the creative photographer. Wikipedia explains it better than I can……

”A ring flash, invented by Lester A. Dine, in 1952 originally for use in dental photography, is a circular photographic flash that fits around the lens, especially for use in macro (or close-up) photography. Its most important characteristic is providing even illumination with few shadows visible in the photograph, as the origin of the light is very close to (and surrounds) the optical axis of the lens. Where the subject is often very close to the camera, where the distance from the optical axis of a conventional flash becomes significant. For objects close to the camera, the size of the ring flash is significant and so the light encounters the subject from many angles in the same way that it does with a conventional flash with soft box. This has the effect of further softening any shadows.
Ring flashes are also very popular in portrait and fashion photography. In addition to softening shadows which can be unflattering to models and bring out unsightly wrinkles, the unique way that ring flashes render light give the model a “glowing” appearance which is often sought after by some magazines like Maxim.”

Also, if you’ve ever seen pictures of movie stars at makeup, you’ve probably seen the type of makeup mirror surrounded by lightbulbs – this is used to give the shadowless effect that you get with a ring flash. My lights make SL’s finest, most flattering and most adjustable facelights!

Attaching The Lights and HUD

The lights should be attached to your avatar, and HUD should be attached to your screen.

By default the lights will attach to your avatar’s chin. They should also be positioned correctly if attached to the mouth, nose, left ear or right ear. It’s not recommended attaching them to any other points.

The HUD is attached by default to the top of your screen display – though it will be slightly displaced to the left for ease of use, though you can attach it to any point on your screen.

Using Mouselook
The ring flash will only work properly if used in mouselook.

From the SL Wiki…..
“Mouselook is the first-person camera view in SL as seen from the eyes of the avatar. When in this mode the mouse is used to move the camera around, hence the name. Mouselook is often used for weapons, vehicles, and grabbing objects. The Mouselook view can be obtained by pressing “m” on the keyboard.

When “Show Avatar in Mouselook” is enabled, in preferences, the user’s avatar is visible in mouselook mode, as well as any attachments (except those attached anywhere on the avatar’s head).

Holding the “Alt” key in mouselook will show a hand-cursor to click on things while the camera isn’t moving with the mouse.”

Taking a picture while in Mouselook can be done by holding down the CTRL key and the ‘ (apostrophe) key at the same time.

Adjusting The Light Variables Using The HUD
On & Off turns the lights on & off(!), and Show & Hide makes the lights visible/invisible.

The Red/Blue/Green components of the light can be adjusted individually using the appropriate plus & minus buttons.

Intensity/Radius/Falloff can also be adjusted using the appropriate plus & minus buttons. Playing around with these settings can be used to make the foreground stand out, and to make the background disappear (assuming your world is set to midnight). If you use the lights in daylight, they can be used to give extra illumination and help enhance the light for a scene or portrait.

Clicking the buttons will give a 1% change – click and hold to change the settings faster, the light will update when you let go the button.

Using The Lights On No-Script Land
If you enter land where scripting has been disabled, you won’t be able to adjust the lights, but if you turned the lights on before entering the no-script land the lights will stay on.

Turn Your World To Midnight & Turn On Local Lights
You will generally get the best results from the ring flash if you turn the world to midnight. And you will definitely need to turn on local lights.

1. Turning your world to Midnight
At the top of the screen, on the menu bar, click – World > Force Sun > Midnight.

2. Turning On Nearby Local Lights
Now at the top click – Edit > Preferences.
The preferences dialog box will now open.
Select Graphic Detail and make sure that Nearby Local Lights is checked.
Click OK and you’re done.
You can easily revert back to your original settings by setting your world to “Revert To Region Default” and unchecking “Nearby Local Lights”.

Buy at SLExchange…….

Or buy inworld……


Flickr Ring Flash Group
You can post your Ring Flash pictures and see the pictures that others have created in this flickr group……



~ by slconceptual on April 19, 2008.

2 Responses to “Wearable Lights For Photographers – Includes Ringflash & HUD”

  1. […] by Daria on April 20, 2008 Gaynor Gritzi has a very cool ring flash for photographers. I’ve only barely scratched the surface of what […]

  2. Yikes. I hate manuals. But looks vewwy interesting and affordable. Yeey! =d

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