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By hunter031072
ok so i am still playing with my makeshift macro kit and flash lighting i am using a Sony Alpha SLT A-77 and a 18-55mm lens manual focus ( back and forth focus ) and my home made flash defuser.

any tips would be very much appreciated. thanks

Tags: Photo journalism General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digital art Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting Humour and fun

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hobbo Plus
8 1.3k 2 England
20 May 2014 5:52AM
You have done very well here, excellent focus.

I use a SONY Alpha 55 with a dedicated SONY2.8-100 macro lens, to acquire similar shots, during the past year or two I have come up with a winning formulae for most of my macro shots ( see my portfolio of examples)

My DIY Snoot flash reflector/diffuser consists of a Pound Shop plastic cereal box with the bottom cut with a door- like opening to fit tightly over my Speedlight.

The top inside of the container is lined with kitchen foil, just inside the front end inside the top, I have glued a small plastic mirror that increases the light to where it is needed. The lid of the box can be on or off depending upon the diffusion required, I leave it off now and use white paper towel as a diffuser if taking something shiny.

I have learned that despite quite a bit if advice to the contrary, I can successfully use AUTO FOCUS.....it is extremely fast and efficient on the Sony kit, there can be a little bit of hunting by the lens, but not much different to rocking back and forth yourself whith camera set to Manual.

My standard settings which seem to work every time with this set up are......depending upon ambient light..

Aperture 9 to 16 Shutter 160th ISO Between 200-400. Flash to highest level for a start.

Macro is a deep and fascinating photographic challenge......enjoy?

Hobbo

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BIGRY1 Plus
7 3 8 United Kingdom
20 May 2014 8:34PM
It is nice to see you uploading images againGrin
Ryan
20 May 2014 8:58PM
thank you Hobbo for your sound advice, im on a tight budget so the diffuser i made is not that far off yours. but i would very much like to see a few pics of your diffuser would you mind? regards Roger
hobbo Plus
8 1.3k 2 England
20 May 2014 9:38PM

Quote:Thank you Hobbo for your sound advice, im on a tight budget so the diffuser i made is not that far off yours. but i would very much like to see a few pics of your diffuser would you mind? regards Roger


I will PM you with details

Hobbo

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