Macro Flash?

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  1. Hardrock

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    hmm not used the linked one myself and a quick read of the profile on BH seems to indcate that its a single element ringlight - I might be wrong in this so see if you can find a bit more info. Its worth it since ringlights can often give rather flat lighting, especailly if both sides of the ring give the same output - the higher grade ones let you adjust the output of each tube so that you will have some light diffence to your lighting.

    Also I would ask if you currently have any flash unit, like a speedlite (you don't mention your camera brand) since one can still get good usable lighting with that and its an accessory which will have a lot of use in other areas of your photography as well, rather than just one limited area
     
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    I have a canon 350d ,100mm macro, and 430ex flash with stofen diffuser. It usually works but sometimes the angle will put a harsh shadow on the subject. I was also looking at the

    Macro & Ringlight Flashes | B&H Photo Video

    but is a lot more than I want to spend.
     
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    I made this one for about $25 (plus the flash) and it works great. Frankly, though, I usually just use my 430EX with off-camera cord and a LumiQuest softbox.

    DIY ring-flash - a set on Flickr
     
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    You might consider changing the diffuser - it can make a big difference. I use a lumiquest softbox on my 580EX2 flash and I know DoeNoe also uses a 100mm macro and 430EX flash with the same lumiquest softbox - it makes a big difference over something smaller like the stofen.
    This is the softbox
    LumiQuest® Photographic Accessories | Softbox

    it looks bulky, but it packs down flat and in the field I have not encountered problems using it at all (aside from people pointing and asking what the heck it is)
     
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    Probally a silly question but would that help with the shadowing by making the light more flat? Its half the price so it defilitely sounds like an option.
     
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    At work and flikr is websensed will look at when I get home. Thanks.
     
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    In short yes it would - your flash might have to put more power out for each shot even (in some cases) since the softbox will spill and "lose light" but because its coming from a much wider area it has less of a harsh shadowing effect on the subject.
     
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    I think I will give it a try and it will definitely take up less space.
     

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