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Chapter 10. Macro Photography > Lighting Equipment

Lighting Equipment

As I mentioned earlier, the lighting used for close-ups can make the difference between a successful picture and a so-so effort. You can choose from the existing light (modified with reflectors if need be), electronic flash units (or incandescent illumination such as photoflood lights), high intensity lamps, or other auxiliary lighting. If you want to be pedantic, you can also shoot close-ups with light emitted by the subject itself, so if you have some lighted candles or lightning bugs to capture, knock yourself out.

Working with Existing Light

The existing light that already illuminates your subject may be the most realistic and easy to use option for close-up photos, as long as you’re prepared to manipulate the light a bit to achieve the best effect. That’s particularly true when you’re shooting on location or outdoors. Making the most of the existing light means not having to set up special light sources or possibly locating a source of electrical power (not always an option outdoors).


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