I learned how to use a ring light last night! I love The Equalizer, a new tv show, and the storyline included the main character’s daughter begging her mother to do a TikTok dance with her. They showed her setting up and that’s when I found out that you are supposed to have the camera in the middle of the ring light.
I’ve had my ring light set up in so many different places. The light can’t seem to hit what I need and I’ve begun thinking that I needed to get more of them just so I can make the light better.
However, now I know that I’ve just been doing it wrong.
Just because you don’t know how to use something doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. Sometimes, someone has to show you how to use it. We think of these things with tools that are completely unfamiliar to us and tasks that seem out of our grasp like plumbing a sink or constructing a shed.
However, if the thing seems within our grasp – I understand lighting from college theatre classes – then I should be able to figure it out. After all, a child can do it! Look at all those tiny YouTubers!
Though I tried and failed over and over, I didn’t understand the basics. I hadn’t done the research because I thought I knew.
Let’s just let that sink in. I didn’t do the appropriate research because…
I thought I knew. And I knew with certainty.
Some of my worst moments descend from this feeling. So much so that, when I hear myself say something absolute like “Well, that will never work,” I know immediately that I need to give that thing another shot in the situation I am confronting.
Take the hint from the weird extra piece that came with the light and search out its use, find the appropriate tutorial, watch the video.
Just because you don’t know how to use something doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.
FYI, the weird t-shaped thing that came with my ring light holds my phone in the middle of the circle. Now that I’ve done my research, it’s time to give it another try!