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Behind The Scenes of Macro Photography

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 26, 2015, 8:39 AM
Dear friends of nature and macro photography, thank you all so much for your constant support and your wonderful comments I've received on my last pictures. So, here's a little insight on how some of my latest pictures have been made and what kind of gear and lighting technique I'm using:

For basic macro photography I'm using a Nikon D7000 DSLR camera with a manual focus Micro-Nikkor 55mm/3.5 lens. When taking pictures of very small objects I'm adding the extension tube Nikon PK-3 (27.5mm), which gives a magnification ratio of 1:1 to the object. At this magnification ratio lighting becomes a very important factor to achieve a sharp picture. Therefore I rely on an on-camera flash with a softbox. I'm using the Nikon Speedlight SB-25 exclusively in manual mode to change the flash output if necessary. I've built a softbox, with plain paper as a diffusor, from cardboard and duct tape to fit my flash. 

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This is my latest picture of a butterfly made with a 55mm macro lens and a flash with softbox.
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The light of the flash is redirected directly on any object right in front of the lens and is softened through the paper.
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Here you can see how very close the butterfly will be to the lens. Always be careful not to harm the little animals and the plants they're sitting on :)

Here's another setup with the resulting picture:

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A plant from the forest comes to life. I often use an aperture of f5.6 or f8 to get that soft background. The softbox lights up only the front part of this plant and the background gets completely dark. I often use an ISO setting between 100 and 250, a shutter speed of 1/200th sec. and a flash output of around 1/8th or 1/16th. Of course, every scene requires a different lighting so I change my settings accordingly.
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Here are some prints from my pictures. The print on the right is around 30 by 45 cm (appr. 12 by 18 inch).

... enjoy taking pictures! 


My special thanks goes to our 'Macro Photography' Community Volunteer :iconmarcosrodriguez: MarcosRodriguez, who supports many talented and undiscovered artists by awarding their best pictures with a Daily Deviation and also showcases their works in his Spotlight Features at devPREMIUM.
 








Butterfly by BokehLight
Butterfly
Behind The Scenes of Macro Photography

Nikon D7000
Micro-Nikkor 55mm/3.5 with extension tube
Flash with softbox

If someone knows the name of this species, I'd be very glad to add that to my description.
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Bee by BokehLight
Bee
Nikon D7000
Micro-Nikkor 55mm/3.5 with extension tube
Flash with softbox
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