How to Use Fill-Flash in Macro Photography

Virginia Buttonweed (Diodia Virginiana)

The following post on the use of fill-flash in macro photography was written by professional photographer Ron Kruger. Learn more about Ron at the end of this post.

I’m an outdoor writer/photographer, and I’ve always admired those  minuscule blossoms I see around my blinds and hides and along rivers and  streams. This past spring, sort of as a sideline, or hobby with the hope of some potential profit, I embarked on a mission to record macro images of  every tiny wildflower I could find.

As a professional, I’m always looking for ways to do things differently  than the average photographer. One I’d like to share is fill-flash for  macro, which we called flash-fill back in the day when you had to make all  kinds of complicated readings and calculations to pull it off.  I’m not talking about a dedicated macro ring flash, either, but your  common, everyday external flash unit and/or your on-camera flash. Both work, and they work great together. [Read more...]