Advice please: lighting for macro shots?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Thump, Mar 20, 2007.

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    Thump Guest

    I'd like some advice about lighting subjects for taking macro shots.
    When I can, I prefer taking shots in daylight, but sometimes this
    isn't possible. I don't like the colour when I use a flash so I guess
    some sort of lamp would be best.

    I only have a fairly basic point-and-shoot Canon, by the way.

    Thump, Mar 20, 2007
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    Matt Ion Guest

    A ringlight is ideal, but good luck finding one for your P&S. You could use a
    light tent, but that may not work well with your camera's built-in flash. Take
    a look at an external flash with a slave trigger, and build a DIY light tent.

    See here for a couple examples of an all-in-one mini slave flash - it triggers
    from your on-camera flash:

    (Note: not endorsing or recommending these specific products of vendor, just
    found these as examples of what I was talking about)

    You can google "diy light tent" but here's a good place to start - the "DIY $10
    Macro Photo Studio":
    Matt Ion, Mar 20, 2007
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    J. Clarke Guest

    See if there is a white balance adjustment--if there is then that should
    let you adjust the color balance to look better with the flash.

    If there isn't a white balance adjustment, get yourself a copy of
    Photoshop Elements (with the current rebate it's around 30 dollars at
    the Staples down the street from me but may be more than that wherever
    you are) and a copy of Scott Kelby's "Photoshop Elements 5 for Digital
    Photographers" and read up on color correction--it has everything you
    need including a color reference card.

    If you need additional illumination has a
    variety of ring lights intended for macro photography that can be made
    to work with most digital cameras although if yours doesn't have a
    filter mounting ring some ingenuity may be required in attaching one to
    the camera.
    J. Clarke, Mar 20, 2007
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