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    bfgstew
    bfgstew  8668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Nov 2011 - 6:07 PM

    I am wondering if anyone has some suggestions on lighting for macro and micromacro work. The likes of biker11's macro work is superb and would love to get somewhere near that level if possible!
    I use either a Sigma 150 APO EX lens or a set of bellows with a 55mm prime reversed with a X2 Teleconverter on it. I have a ringflash which is fired through my SB-600 speedlight, but I am finding it a bit hit and miss, either too harsh or not enough, plus it is a bit limiting having it attached to the end of the lens.
    Can a speedlight be used with a snoot/diffuser on the end, off camera? Continuous lighting, plus flash?
    Ideas and suggestion would be appreciated, budget is limited, but am adept at making things!!!!
    Thanks in anticipation

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    Ade_Osman
    Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Nov 2011 - 6:38 PM

    I sometimes use a light tent with lights, similar to THIS.

    Ade

    bfgstew
    bfgstew  8668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Nov 2011 - 8:09 PM

    Thank you Ade, looks a fairly reasonable price and portable as well........Smile

    adrian_w
    adrian_w e2 Member 73355 forum postsadrian_w vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Nov 2011 - 8:44 PM


    Quote: I sometimes use a light tent with lights, similar to THIS.

    Ade

    +1

    MeanGreeny
    24 Nov 2011 - 9:53 PM

    Pages and pages of setups HERE

    Some may look a little Heath Robinson but - for the most part - they know what they're talking about

    Last Modified By MeanGreeny at 24 Nov 2011 - 9:54 PM
    bfgstew
    bfgstew  8668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Nov 2011 - 11:00 PM

    Cheers for the link Simon, some good ideas in there...................Wink

    mikehit
    mikehit  56532 forum posts United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
    25 Nov 2011 - 9:49 AM

    An excellent link, MG.
    But check out the 'Bifurcator' on the final page Tongue

    MeanGreeny
    25 Nov 2011 - 9:59 AM


    Quote: An excellent link, MG.
    But check out the 'Bifurcator' on the final page Tongue

    Carrying that around its no wonder he looks knackered. He's actually only 24 years old.

    triumphv8
    triumphv8  7450 forum posts United Kingdom
    25 Nov 2011 - 11:07 PM

    Stewart, for more lighting options, the old high voltage flash units can be picked up for a few quid off Ebay, they can be optically triggered so you don't endanger your camera, or the voltage can be dropped with a simple circuit. I have about half a dozen so I can leave certain set-ups in place, or not worry about leaving set-up in the garage.

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