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    Best lighting option for macro?

    I need to get some lighting handled. Would R1C1, ring lighting, or something else be better?


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    Re: Best lighting option for macro?

    Quote Originally Posted by texaslimo View Post
    I need to get some lighting handled. Would R1C1, ring lighting, or something else be better?

    That is a pretty expensive option. I guess it all depends on what you are shooting as to what kind of lighting you would need

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    Re: Best lighting option for macro?

    Viltrox JY670

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    Re: Best lighting option for macro?

    A lot depends on what you are shooting, how you are shooting (tripod or handheld), and how much you want to spend.
    I get results that I am happy with using the onboard flash and a piece of packing foam cutout on the end of the lens, for my handheld bug and spider shots.
    Brad


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    Re: Best lighting option for macro?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ironwood View Post
    A lot depends on what you are shooting, how you are shooting (tripod or handheld), and how much you want to spend.
    I get results that I am happy with using the onboard flash and a piece of packing foam cutout on the end of the lens, for my handheld bug and spider shots.

    Would like to see a photo of that setup. Sounds interesting

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    Re: Best lighting option for macro?

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kuykendall View Post
    Would like to see a photo of that setup. Sounds interesting
    I think I have a photo of it on my computer at home, will post it tonight.

    If you want to see the results I get check out the shots in my 52 thread, http://nikonites.com/project-52-s/34...#axzz4ICVnbJ5r
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    Brad


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    Re: Best lighting option for macro?

    So far I have been using natural light only. I do not know much of anything about flash period, much less, macro flash. I have seen some stuff online, but dont know much of anything about it really. This is why I came here....

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    Re: Best lighting option for macro?

    Quote Originally Posted by texaslimo View Post
    So far I have been using natural light only. I do not know much of anything about flash period, much less, macro flash. I have seen some stuff online, but dont know much of anything about it really. This is why I came here....
    Good lighting will improve your shots out of sight, lighting is key.
    @Scott Murray has a few threads on macro and lighting which would be helpful for you to read, I don't have time to search for them at the moment, but will look tonight, and link them here.
    Brad


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    Re: Best lighting option for macro?

    Best lighting option for macro?
    I use my SB700 on 1/4 power with the built in diffuser down.

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    Re: Best lighting option for macro?

    One of the things you'll find, as everyone correctly mentions is, it depends... You find there's no single method that works all the time, and then you evolve into using different types of lights, and building all manner of contraption and reflectors... The key is being flexible to use different materials to modify and adjust what you have available...
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