i have been using an external hotshoe-mounted flash aimed upwards at 45 degrees with a bounce card to take macro shots but i find that the results are not too satisfactory, producing distinct shadows under insects like spiders. moreover, the shadow areas under the eyes of some insects are quite obvious.
i read that to get the best lighting in macro photography the external flash should be off-shoe and positioned as close and level to the lens as possible, is it true?
anybody care to share here on their own macro lighting setup with all the flash brackets and flash positions? what type of flash brackets should i get and how much they cost? thanks