Lighting is one of the greatest challenges that you’ll face as a macro photographer. You’ll find yourself working with small apertures for maximum depth of field and details, and thereby losing light in the process. It therefore becomes essential that you use some kind of lighting solution for the process. Photographer Steward Wood showcases his DIY solution with the ultimate flash diffuser for macro photography:
Wood’s setup comprises of the Yongnuo YN24EX Twin Macro Flash mounted on Small Rig Ball heads, and a Crafty Bells diffuser at the front. Where this setup shines is how you can get the best of all worlds when it comes to lighting. You get consistent results, you can control where the light is falling along with the power of individual heads, and you get the LED focusing assistance from the flash.
You can use a speed light or a ring light too. But Wood has some issues with them because of the type of work that he does. If it’s not an issue for you, you can use them too. It’s all a matter of personal taste.
If you’ve been struggling to get that perfect lighting on your macro subjects, definitely try this DIY solution. You’ll love the flexibility this simple solution has, and the great results you’ll end up with.
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