Quote Originally Posted by Mark H
What about a ring flash?
How would a ring flash help? As far as I can see, it would have the disadvantage of being close to the subject resulting in rapid falloff of light as has been pointed out in the above posts. Along with this it does not address the issue of background lighting, unless you are using an additional flash for that. Thirdly, sidelighting with fill looks nicer and more natural than flat front lighting.