I haven’t been shooting much Macro Photography as of late. And there is no greater bang for your photo buck than a macro lens. It is super versatile! But I do really like it as a genre. I find it very relaxing (in a Shaolin Monk balancing on one finger kind of way). It’s a very precise art form. It varies considerably from taking photos of people. There is a similarity in the patience and preparation needed to get a great shot. My Mom gave us a bleeding heart plant and we put it in our front garden. Every year it comes back and blooms these beautiful little flowers. I’ve been meaning to photograph it for a few years now and never got around to it. So last night I went for broke and got these two shots I was happy with.
Here’s a behind the scenes iPhone photo of how I made the images. I was using a speed light in an orbis ring flash for the main light. For a kicker on the top image I used an OLight S1 Baton. That little extra bit of light really adds to the 3D quality of the image. The bottom image was just the orbis from above instead of on axis to give the shot a more “studio” quality light feel.
UPDATE: April 11, 2017
I’ve still got the 2 SB-600s up for grabs as well as the mini soft box. Everything else is sold!
It’s all in Oxbow, SK Canada and shipping can be arranged. Drop me a line if you’re interested.
Next I’ve got a couple of SB-600 flashes. They are a perfect starter flash for someone new to photography & may not want to spend a pile of money. They are in really good shape, a few scuffs and dings. They come with original box, all manuals, stand, protective bag. They do TTL and manual control and work with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS). Asking $200 each but will accept reasonable offers. (As they are discontinued now, they are going for around $250 on eBay. Manufacturer Info Here.
I’ve also got an Aurora LiteBank mini softbox for a speedlite. I’ll throw it in for free if you buy an SB-600. Or it can be yours for the low low price of $15 bones.
I made a quick video on how you can make your own DIY Justin Clamps. As I have mentioned, Photography is a ripoff. Everything with a photography brand costs 17% more than it’s worth. So, anytime you can cheat and save a few bucks, why not do it? I got the idea for making the clamps from the strobist, and for only $5.00, you can make these things. (To get legit ones, they cost upwards of $50.00 US bones!) 🙂 There’s nothing to it! And, they are exceedingly useful and convenient. Now, you can put a flash almost anywhere. I’m thinking of real estate lighting or lighting up a rink/gym or wherever. These things are sweet! Check out the vid:
My generous friend Kevin lent me yet another light diffusing toy today, an Ezybox from Lastolite. I’ve had my eye on these products for quite a while and I was tickled plum to death to get the chance to play with it today. I made another quick YouTube vid comparing the light quality from one SB-600 speedlight but modified through the Ezybox Softbox, bounced off of a white reflector, shot through a diffuser, shot with a Gary Fong lightsphere, bounce flash off the ceiling and finally for kicks, natural light. It’s 5 different modifications from one flash, with 5 different outcomes when it comes to light quality. Pick which one you like the best! I think if I had to pick, I’d go with the softbox followed by the bounce flash from the white reflector. 🙂
A quick video on the quality of light created by using small flash diffusers. I compare the Gary Fong lightsphere to a miniature soft box by Aurora. I think that the lightsphere wins in this competition. It definitely produces a soft, flat shadowless light, but only because I was in a low ceiling area, which creates a nice spread of bounce flash. Outside when I tried it, it didn’t have as nice of an effect as most of light is lost upwards. But inside, it creates a nice quality of light.