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    Default What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    Very new to Macro photography . Have just gotten a Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro lens and was wondering what type of flash is good for Macro ? More of use for taking nature eg . insects , flowers , leaves etc . What type of flash would be useful ? Can a 430ex kind of flash do the job ? On a budget so cant afford the ring light type at the moment . Thinking of a more budget way to get by .

    So what do you guys say ? Thanks in advance . New bird here .

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    Default Re: What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    Pls dun repeat the same topic in different sub-forums.

    Pls request the Mod to close one.

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    Default Re: What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    Any good flash system like the 580EX will do. And most of the time, you will need a diffuser like the stofen omnibounce.
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    Default Re: What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    check out ortega's macro works, he uses built in flash only.
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    Default Re: What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    check out ortega's macro works, he uses built in flash only.
    he is untouchable!
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    Default Re: What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    wah! don't anyhow say like that ...

    i have not shot macro for months already

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    Default Re: What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    with a good balance of ambient light with fill in flash you can just use any flash, yes even the pop up flash

    but if you want to use the external flash as main light source then the possibilities are endless. some ppl have 2 flash setup that gives very nice light, go over to the close up and macro gallery and have a look

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    Default Re: What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    I guess what we really need is more practical learning than theoretical ones... we can know lik for macro you mus use this f-stop, this shutter speed, this flash at this time of the day but in the practical sense how do we apply it is another ball-game!
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    Default Re: What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    actually in order to know what you are doing and being able to try new setups in practical
    you will need to know the theory first

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    Default Re: What type of Flash should i use for Macro Photography

    Quote Originally Posted by ortega View Post
    actually in order to know what you are doing and being able to try new setups in practical
    you will need to know the theory first
    Ya of course, jus suggesting that theory alone is not enough to master it even if you try it out yourself cos you got no one else to correct you... ok sorry for the OT so far
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