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Thread: Share your photographic lighting teks for dummies pls

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    Light colored sand works as almost as well as snow as a reflector.

    For "glistening carnivores" such as Drosera and Byblis backlighting or a ring-flash can really make the drops of dew jump out. The problem with using a flash again are harsh shadows or if the light source as nearly parallel with focal axis of the lens virtually no shadows which leads to an unnatural flat or 2 dimensional looking image. This can be alleviated with ring-flash units that can turn off segments or an off-camera flash setup. But you want to position the light so the reflections off the dew drops goes into the lens.

    This shot of Drosera venusta was back-lit with late afternoon sunlight coming through the balcony door.


    This Drosera admirabilis shot was taken with a ring-flash. This particular unit is made up of four segments or tubes. If you look closely at drop of dew nearest the center of the crown you can see the reflection of four individual flash tubes.
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    I just look for even lighting, not alot of shadows, bright spots or glare. Once I get that it really doesn't matter about the intensity of the light. Study tripod, good ballhead, solid flat colored background and a remote is all I need. Adjust the aperture and shutter speed to get the exposure your looking for. With the current camera I'm using I have to underexpose almost everything. Alot of the macro shots I've taken are 5+ second shutter speeds so a tripod is required. That sundew would look so much better with a nice out of focus green, blue or black background . A very nice shot btw. Or the sun setting in the background, yep thats the one, so make it happen!

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    Simple but effective DIY,
    However... while the box may be ghetto, a wireless triggered flash setup isn't
    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07...to-studio.html
    (there are some more ghetto-ish alternatives...)
    Barry Rice had a similar DIY somewhere for outdoor sunlight use.

    I already have the box, and just scored a Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter on the cheap (ebay)
    (doing happy dance)
    Last edited by Av8tor1; 04-17-2011 at 09:58 AM. Reason: edited cuz it looked like stobist was Barry LOL

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    Wait, does Strobist belong to Barry...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    Simple but effective DIY,
    However... while the box may be ghetto, a wireless triggered flash setup isn't
    http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07...to-studio.html
    (there are some more ghetto-ish alternatives...)
    Barry Rice had a similar DIY somewhere for outdoor sunlight use.

    I already have the box, and just scored a Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter on the cheap (ebay)
    (doing happy dance)
    Nice link Av8tor1, thanks!
    Maybe this will help my poor skills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Av8tor1 View Post
    I know this may be like asking for a chef's secret recipe but...
    eager to learn, getting the new camera was only the beginning

    Image posted by Mobile in another thread....

    (top left and right rear?... with RR the main source?)

    We have such a deep talent pool here at TF, so teach meeeeeeeeeeeeee LOL
    What setup did you use for some of your most favorite plant images?

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    Black felt cloth cloth, to absorb/scatter reflection and a daylight CFL light overhead, to the rear, pointing slightly forward. F7.4 to give good depth of focus. NO flash and room blacked out (mostly), so tripod required. Camera is a Samsung compact 8.1 megapixel - so nothing flashy.

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