Pixalo Photography Community

Go Back   Pixalo Photography Community > Photography Forums > General photography questions and answers

General photography questions and answers: Discuss Macro lighting....Another question guys , when using the macro lens is it all right with the natural light on the subject ...
Welcome to the Pixalo Photography Community. As a Guest you are free to browse the site, but see what extras you get as a Member here.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 19-12-2009, 11:18   #1 (permalink)
Growing roots
 
simpbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 11,128
simpbow is just really nice
simpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nice

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Macro lighting.

Another question guys, when using the macro lens is it all right with the natural light on the subject or do you need all this fancy lighting equipment?hopefully its the first 1.
simpbow is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 19-12-2009, 14:13   #2 (permalink)
Pixalo Crew
 
Markulous's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Peak District
Posts: 19,640
Markulous is a jewel in the rough
Markulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the rough

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Macro lighting.

I do have a macro flash but try and use only natural light

Obviously for stilllife type shots (fungi, etc) then natural light is all that's required though you might want to alter the emphasis with the use of sunshades, reflectors, etc.

Sometimes it's an advantage to use some form of flash for wildlife (bugs, dragon, flutterbies, etc) but it's by no means essential

I tend to attempt a tripod shot, failing that a monopod and lastly handheld (with appropriate changes in exposure/ISO). If I resort to flash then it's just to lighten/fill-in the subject rather than fully light - otherwise you get flash burned highlight reflections and very dark backgrounds (diffusers/macro lights help with the former but not really the latter)
__________________
~CanonCreativity + SigmaSurReality~
ΜΛЯΚ @ Photobucket
Markulous is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 19-12-2009, 14:26   #3 (permalink)
Growing roots
 
simpbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 11,128
simpbow is just really nice
simpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nice

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Macro lighting.

Cheers Mark that's good to knowfor a while there i was getting this bad feeling that i was getting into something that needed a complicated set-up.
simpbow is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 19-12-2009, 14:47   #4 (permalink)
Pixalo Crew
 
Markulous's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Peak District
Posts: 19,640
Markulous is a jewel in the rough
Markulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the roughMarkulous is a jewel in the rough

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Macro lighting.

Quote:
Originally Posted by simpbow View Post
.... for a while there i was getting this bad feeling that i was getting into something that needed a complicated set-up.
Nope. You'll find that you might want more light (hence the tri/monopod) but even handheld upping the ISO might only be occasionally required (unless you're after a deep DOF - DOF, that's the main area of significance at macro sizes).

Only about half a dozen shots of mine on Pixalo have I used any form of flash with my macros (though I'll freely admit that I love a shallow DOF)
Markulous is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 19-12-2009, 14:59   #5 (permalink)
Growing roots
 
simpbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 11,128
simpbow is just really nice
simpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nice

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Macro lighting.

Cheers Mark, always use a tripod anyway no matter what its for, but i have been thinking about getting a mono-pod to.
simpbow is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 19-12-2009, 20:22   #6 (permalink)
Been here a while
 
J.R./Pinehouse Photos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 333
J.R./Pinehouse Photos is on a distinguished roadJ.R./Pinehouse Photos is on a distinguished road

No Image editing
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Macro lighting.

A tripod is essential to keep your shots from getting all blurry (not to mention, macro lenses can be damn heavy -so a tripod will save your arm!) That being said, I love my macro lens- it opens up a whole new world of possibilities, and I only ever use a standard flash when I am going for a certain effect- 95% of my shots are completely made with natural light. Enjoy!
J.R./Pinehouse Photos is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 19-12-2009, 20:40   #7 (permalink)
Growing roots
 
simpbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 11,128
simpbow is just really nice
simpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nice

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Macro lighting.

Cheers all i need now is me lens
simpbow is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 19-12-2009, 21:28   #8 (permalink)
Growing roots
 
jake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: yorkshire
Posts: 8,971
jake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura aboutjake has a spectacular aura about

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Macro lighting.

I think you need to define the problems a bit tighter. Just browsing through the posted Macro images IMHO around 70% I would define as close ups rather than macro. There are a lot of lenses on the market that are called macro but are way off giving a 1:1 image. For that type of image I agree with what has been said.

Mark remarks it's sometimes of an advantage to use flash for small critters. I find 1:1 wildlife images a whole different ball game. They move, often quite fast, they sit on grass that waves in the wind, they don't always sit in the sun, very frequently with the smallest of bugs the lens is close enough to the subject to shade it. To overcome these problems, like many before me, I constructed a flash diffuser for my on board flash and that was my biggest leap forward in 1:1 photography. Costs only pennies to construct you can even make a temporary one out of aluminium wrapping paper. Give it a whorl

Remember The excellent images and tutorial posted here about a year ago by, sorry if I spell this wrong, Marcinklysewicz
jake is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2009, 09:07   #9 (permalink)
Feet under the table
 
Des Gardner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: West Midlands
Posts: 1,652
Des Gardner will become famous soon enoughDes Gardner will become famous soon enoughDes Gardner will become famous soon enoughDes Gardner will become famous soon enoughDes Gardner will become famous soon enoughDes Gardner will become famous soon enoughDes Gardner will become famous soon enough

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Re: Macro lighting.

Natural light is best, this is where small silver and gold reflectors come in handy... other than that two very small low powerered flash units can be set up, I say low powered because you are working so close that you should be able to use the guns with reasonable power and stop the lens down to f16-f32 but you must focus very carefully!
Des Gardner is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2009, 14:17   #10 (permalink)
Growing roots
 
simpbow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 11,128
simpbow is just really nice
simpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nicesimpbow is just really nice

Image editing O.K.
User's Gallery
Users Camera Equipment List
Re: Macro lighting.

Cheers jake & Desmemories not me strong point jake but i,ll chase that up, your diffuser sounds good to me
simpbow is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lighting for a Cheap Macro Studio SerevSilverhair Flash and Studio Lighting Equipment, Techniques and Setup 6 26-10-2009 15:40
Macro tubes and my first ever macro shot clanny Macro Photography 5 18-01-2009 01:13
A Macro shot without Macro equipment Cannon-S2 Photo Critique 5 05-04-2008 01:59
Lighting. simpbow General photography questions and answers 0 02-04-2008 15:46
Lensbabies Launches Macro Lens Kit for Selective Focus Macro Photography Steve News 1 09-11-2005 12:11


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 15:32.


vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
ReviewPost & PhotoPost vB3 Enhanced, Copyright 2003-2014 All Enthusiast, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.3.0
Copyright © 2006 - 2017 Pixalo.com

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197