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macro flash

Discussion in 'Help Team' started by iwan, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. iwan

    iwan Member

    Hi i am looking for info on macro flash setups i am thinking along the lines of a flash bracket with mini ball head or do i go for flexi single arm? thanks.
     
  2. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Some years ago, while doing some macro work, I found using flash on a bracket too constricting. I subsequently had some success using a hand-held flash on a cable (connected to the hot shoe). Although it can be a little awkward to manage overall, the flexibility is very welcome, since the direction of light can adjusted quickly and easily.

    Such matters are, of course, somewhat subjective, and it's very possible that you'll see this differently. :)
     
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  3. iwan

    iwan Member

    hi thanks yes i have thought about this as well as you have more control of where to place light for different effects.
     
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  4. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Of course, if you're keen - and are prepared to invest a little more - you might want to try using flash activated without a cable. This reduces some of the in-use awkwardness to which I referred, and is quite readily achieved by a variety of methods.
     
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  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Not my subject but I had a little search on "macro flash setup". I think a lot depends on what the subject is and where you are working; whether mixing natural light or using artificial only.
     
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  6. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    I've used a ringlight for macro and close-ups but they give a shadowless light which is not always what you want.
     
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  7. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Yes, Roger - that's my experience, too. The results tend to be "technically" good, but aesthetically... utterly tedious, IMO.
     
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  8. iwan

    iwan Member

    I don't want to go the ring light way roger thanks, peterob yes i will mix light sources, peterba my camera does not do wireless but yes slave mode and using reflector etc probably go with handheld flash and softbox but just wanted to know about bracket and mini ballhead option and see if anyone has much success with it, the handheld mode seems best option and live view on those low angled tripod shots ! cheers.
     
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  9. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    Just a thought - have you considered using a "snoot"? Excellent for controlling light in macro. Plenty of information available through Google.

    You haven't said what subject matter you're photographing, but if you're interested in wildlife/insect macro, I would suggest a look at this site for some ideas/inspiration.
     
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  10. iwan

    iwan Member

    Good idea re. snoot, flowers, fungi , insects or anything else that catches my eye, patterns, shapes etc.
     
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  11. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    In that case [bold highlight], have a look on the link in my previous post. :)
     
  12. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

  13. iwan

    iwan Member

    Thanks again some amazing shots there you can practically see what that spider had for breakfast!.
     
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  14. peterba

    peterba Well-Known Member

    I think I'd prefer not to dwell on that particular aspect! :)
     
  15. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    If you use Nikon then you may like https://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/Nikon/Nikon-SLR-Flash/Nikon-SB-R1C1-Wireless-Close-Up-Speedlight
    Extra speedlights can be added to the ring for about £140 each. This apparatus does allow modelling, unlike ring flashes.
    I would not buy new. I would expect Nikon to release replacements to the SB-R200 which in spite of the 'R' in the name is not radio, but is IR controlled. Nikon is in the process of transitioning their wireless flash from IR to radio control. Nikon is a very conservative organisation and are just getting to grip with James Clerk Maxwell's discoveries of the 1860's.
     
  16. alfbranch

    alfbranch Well-Known Member

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  17. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    That's with a set of three extension tubes?
     
  18. alfbranch

    alfbranch Well-Known Member

    The above Collembola shot was taken with a Single 25 mm tube instead and has a field of view of 8mm across

    My Olympus OMD E-M1 with 3 m4/3 Kooka tubes a MMF3 converter and Sigma 105 f 2.8 lens and Raynox M-250 Nissin Di466 flash with homemade diffuse.

    To get this again taken handheld which is why its not square on

    [​IMG]105-mag-test-tubes&R by Alf Branch, on Flickr
     

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