But first, let me take a selfie. A selfie is worth a thousand words but sometimes in low light situations it is difficult to prevent your phone from taking blurry and unflattering photos, which can be a serious night ruiner! No one has time to stand in a club with their friends trying to focus a selfie for ten minutes. This dilemma caused us to do some research and try out a couple of different selfie lights to see which worked the best without a hefty price-tag!
1. Without light
To compare, I wanted to take a selfie without a selfie light to see what my iPhone could handle and then compare the difference.
The results… not so flattering and definitely grainy. This photo was hard to focus and I had to stay perfectly still for way too long. I would never post this due to the lack of detail and grainy quality.
*Keep in mind I have an iPhone 5 (I know right, it’s practically an artifact).
The Longko Selfie Ring Light impressed me because it was very easy to use. With three different brightness settings (the third being almost blinding) it was perfect for finding the right amount of light for any situation. It was flattering and easy to clip on but I found it a bit awkward because the ring covered part of my screen, which made it hard to see how my selfie was going to turn out (again, I have the iPhone 5, so it probably works differently on other phones). All in all, it was very easy to use and yielded great results. For $12.99 this is a steal!
Longko Selfie Ring Light – $12.99
Not only did this purchase come with a selfie fill light, but it also came with a fisheye and wide angle lens – talk about value! I tested out the fisheye lens first with the attached fill light. The lens clips right onto your existing phone camera and is super easy to use. This is perfect if you are looking to spice up your Instagram shots.
But, I had a hard time focusing the camera in the darker lighting and the selfies came out a bit blurry. I also found that it slid down on my phone as I used it, causing dead space on the top of most of my photos . It may work better in well lit areas or different phones, so I would not rule it completely out as a choice if you are looking for wide angle or fish eye shots – another tester in the office tried it on her iPhone 6 and loved it, so totally worth a try!
Out of all the choices this was my least favourite. The lens had a very hard time focusing in the low light and this was the best selfie I could get out of it. Again, like the last option, I think this selfie light would do better in situations with a little more light -so do not rule it out just yet, try it yourself if you are interested in a choice that includes a wide angle and fish eye lens!
I was super impressed with the light up phone case. It was convenient to use because the case fit right onto my phone and had a button on the back that you pressed to turn it on. This made it easier to use and carry around. The lighting seemed softer than the Longko ring and it was much easier to use on a whim! Def my fave!