I use flash for most of my macro. One thing I've learned is how important light is for your macro shots.
I use a few different diffusers that I made for free to accomplish most of my lighting needs.
I simply set my camera on the bench and decide where I want my light to go. I much prefer soft light for macro so that means I might need a diffuser but it has to put the light into the proper plane...
Here are some of my diffusers to give an idea of how I make and use them.
Here are three examples of my cobbled together flash diffusers. I start with the top reflector and simply work my way down. I start with foam core cut to shape (often takes a few trimmings to get the way I want) and then start taping into position. Once I'm happy with the looks of temporary solution (Gorilla tape) I take them out for a test run. I usually end up with some tweaks then when satisfied the light is going where I want it, I "weld" them up with hot glue.
My favorite diffuser material is a white Fed Ex padded envelope. The bubbles and opaque envelop seem to make for a really good diffuser. I also make maskes for the front of them that have a round or oval opening. On some shiny bugs the square catch light is not the best. A simple mask on the front fixes that.
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This is my favorite. I provides top light, some back light and the stand/support in the front acts like a reflector for som front light. Only problem is it's big and scares a lot of bugs off and simply can't get it into tight places but for the right subject the light is great.
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Here is a sample using this flash. Look closely at the shadows.
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Edited by Arlon, 19 May 2017 - 04:37 PM.