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Old Apr 15, 2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default First macro using a flash!



My first macro using a flash!
How is it?

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Old Apr 15, 2010, 6:21 AM   #2
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Not bad. No harsh shadows and the focus is good. That one big blade of grass in front is good for scale but otherwise is in the way. Its in the same angle as the tilt of the large flower so it might pass.
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I really like the small, bottom flower, good detail and pleasant to view. But the top, larger flower(s) seems too blown-out to me.
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That is a really nice shot. Great detail in the bottom flower. The blade of grass in not to distracting to me. Like Mike pointed out the top flower is blown out a bit. To correct this you can turn down the power on your flash and/or us a defuser on the flash so the light is not quite as harsh.
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was this a ring flash or ?
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Old Apr 15, 2010, 10:34 PM   #6
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That is a really nice shot. Great detail in the bottom flower. The blade of grass in not to distracting to me. Like Mike pointed out the top flower is blown out a bit. To correct this you can turn down the power on your flash and/or us a defuser on the flash so the light is not quite as harsh.
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was this a ring flash or ?
Haha, it's misleading, maybe "first macro using a flash" should be "first macro with flash"

Taken with a point and shoot, popup flash, and mirror!
Albeit an "advanced" one, top of the line back in '04

I shot this in RAW, so maybe I could pull some of the blown out color back. I'll try

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Unfortunately, I couldn't recover much.

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Old Apr 16, 2010, 11:04 AM   #7
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It's certainly better than my first attempts with using a flash and macro, and amazing for a pop-up flash on a point and shoot. While you can try using a coffee filter etc. for diffusing the pop-up, I'm not sure whether you'd be able to soften it enough not to blow out the top flower, without putting the rest of the shot in more darkness than you want. It would be an interesting exercise to see if you could make it work, but you may be reaching beyond the capability of your equipment. I don't mind the first one being a bit blown out - I think your original looks more natural than the second one, which doesn't capture much more and looks more forced in my eyes. In any case, not a bad picture at all.
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