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Old Jun 9, 2009, 5:11 PM   #1
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Default Led Ring light as a help with the off camera flash.

Up till now most of my close macro shot's have been with an off camera flash and the help of a 130watt light.
The last I use to see what I'm focussing on and as a help to light up the shadows casted by the flash.

Now it's not simple to carry that 130watt light with me, I just don't have enough extention cord.

So I've been looking for another way to get enough light on the subject.

The end result of this search is a led ring light.
Not enough light to get a descent shot of something moving, but good enough to see it and focus.
(1800mA,12V - 144 led lights)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=270393728569

The battery wasn't loaded completely but I wanted to see if it worked.

Found a pseudo scorpion and it's prey, a tiny springtail. (macro 2:1), ringlight + off camera flash

Focussing worked good enough but I still have to work a bit on the settings.
The shadow is a bit strong to my liking.

Then tried the ring light as only lightsource for the heart of a rose.
(close up 1:2)Indoor, 6 focus stacked images.



Looks like it's going to be easier to work with than that 130Watt bulb.

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Looks like nice even lighting. I take it that it is a manual unit vs. automatic (or TTL)? What did you set the WB at when using LED's?
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Hi Ronny,

Both are very nice, but I really like #1. It looks like "Pokémon meets giant killer scorpion". I can't help but feel sorry for the little springtail.

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I'm with Scott - I really like the first one. The second one is very nice and the lighting is very even, but it doesn't quite have the impact the first one does. If anything, the shadow here gives your pseudo scorpion a feeling of being bigger than life. I like it for this one.
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The Heart of a Rose , the majesty and beauty of the Queen of flowers, wonderful.
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Looks like nice even lighting. I take it that it is a manual unit vs. automatic (or TTL)? What did you set the WB at when using LED's?
Thanks Jelpee

The flash was on manual in the first shot, 1/64 of the power. Just AWB

The second shot I don't remember, but I guess warm tl light. Have to check the camera for the correct name.

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I'm with Scott - I really like the first one. The second one is very nice and the lighting is very even, but it doesn't quite have the impact the first one does. If anything, the shadow here gives your pseudo scorpion a feeling of being bigger than life. I like it for this one.
Thanks Harriet,

I do find the second shot to flat. But it was just a try on using the led ring as only lighting source. I has the same effect as all ring lights/ring flashes. It just removes all shadow and because of that any feel of dept.
It does get close enough, and next time I think I'm going to use some black tape to mask a part of the light. Less light but probably a better result.

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Hi Ronny,

Both are very nice, but I really like #1. It looks like "Pokémon meets giant killer scorpion". I can't help but feel sorry for the little springtail.

Scott
It's those big eyes on the pokémon I guess.

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The Heart of a Rose , the majesty and beauty of the Queen of flowers, wonderful.
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Love the flower - I am gonna have to try this focus stacking

With the LED ringlight, I bought one for camping / garage use and cut a bigger hole in it for the lens.

Just got to work on the fixing and battery placement - cost Ł5

Similar to this one http://www.dansdata.com/ringlight.htm but I left most of the plastic intact as it has an on/off button attached
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