Just a Shell

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  1. wilson44512

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    found what was left of this guy in the back yard

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    Did you use the pop up flash? Lighting looks harsh. Interesting subject though.
     
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    The police seem to get involved when I come out of my shell, neat shot. Light is a little harsh like mentioned.
     
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    i used a sb400. what do you mean harsh? so maybe i can work on it
     
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    Overpowering I guess. Think this, a clear summer day at 2pm. Stand outside and look at the light from the sun. That would be "harsh". Strong shadows and from a small source, the sun. Just a dot inthe sky. To contrast, go outside at 7am on a cloudy morning. The light source is now less powerful and large. "the whole sky is now the light source". The clouds act as the difuser for the srong sun giving a nice even light with little shadow. do you use a diffuser of any kind. That softens it so Its not so harsh.
     
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    i used a diffuser. does this one look any better?

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    I think the problem comes more from the fact that light is coming straight on instead of from an angle/side...this gives the lighting a pretty flat look. What diffuser do you use? Many diffusers like a stofen aren't really going to do much of anything to help a macro shot.
     
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    New shot looks more even.
     
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    yes thats what i have is a stofen. what kind would be good for micro?
     
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    A friend from France who often travels to Greece to shoot macro in the countryside uses this simple trick: he rotates the flash head up and then inserts a white plastic card, the size of a credit card, into the slot between the flash head's shell and the front of the body of the flash. Cost? Practically nothing. Result? Beautiful, every time! He never carries any $50 diffusers in his bag. I tried the trick a few times (and I am NOT a macro photographer by even the longest shot) and, guess what, I could even produce some passable extremely "micro" photographs.
     

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