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How to Take Macro Pictures with a Single Speedlite - Grasshopper on Stair Railings

How to Take Macro Pictures with a Single Speedlite - Grasshopper on Stair Railings

This grasshopper was on the railing of stairs to a doorway. This grasshopper matches the colour scheme of the rails making it a great place to photograph this grasshopper.

I used a macro lens and a Canon Speedlite 430EXII with a mini softbox on. The mini softbox was a LumiQuest Soft Box: http://store.lumiquest.com/lumiquest-softbox/. I held the flash in my left hand and the camera in my right hand. I used manual focus and held my camera until the grasshopper was in focus and then took the picture. 

Here is a lighting diagram showing how I took the photo:

Thanks to the great Vibration Reduction (VR) on the Tamron SP 90mm macro lens I was able to take a sharp picture without the use of a tripod. I set the camera and flash to manual mode and with trial and error got the right exposure. I used a wireless trigger to trigger the flash.

With macro photography a small movement of the camera is a big movement in the image. A tripod would definitely have been preferable. In this case however if I would have set up a tripod I could have chased away the grasshopper. 

This photo was taken in June 2014 with a Canon 5D MkIII and TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro.

Camera Settings: f/4.0, 1/200 seconds and ISO 100


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