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The fly

By Sloman  
Just trying some macro shots using my 580ex off camera.

Tags: Canon Macro Fly Close-up and macro 580ex 100mm 50d F28 Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting Off camera Sloman Close ettl

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Shroomer 15 14 167 England
13 Jun 2010 1:24PM
Flash is a difficult thing to do on insects, with the 580 it needs to have suppression over it to reduce the harshness as there are so many reflective parts to an insect. Failing that a ringflash is the ideal extra. Another tip is to push the ISO up to about 400 and use 1/250th sec at F8. Generally that gives a good balance of fill in
CathR 15 151 564 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 3:08PM
As Richard says it's a bit tricky using flash on insects close-up. The harsh light has given you high contrast at the front with the whites burning out. Also I am not sure you have got the flash in quite the right place as the right hand side is in shadow and losing detail.

With this sort of photography it's all a matter of practice, so good luck.

Best wishes

andymark 11 1 England
13 Jun 2010 8:59PM
that amazing marco work
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2010 11:35PM
Do not increase the ISO if you do not have to, and you dont with flash. NH close up requires maximum quality, thus lowest ISO.

Single guns off camera can be harsh, I know, I've done it. I once made a rig which held two guns either side of the camera fired by lead and slave, but a diffuser - bit of tissue paper over the tube - can be very effective.

I now use a Sigma ringflash which is very convenient and effective. Your focusing and detail is spot on. A very well taken image, and excellent if there had not been that highlight.

Depth of field is arguable. I almost always use f11 or less, f16 0r 18 more likely. At this distance you will have about a mm depth at f11 - but be wary of f22, 32 etc - tiny apertures really test the lens quality and can cause unsharpness by diffraction.


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