LED Light Panels

Started Oct 9, 2011 | Discussions thread
OP sacentre Senior Member • Posts: 1,854
Re: LED Light Panels

Great shots, Duncan. You're use of a simple diffuser seems perfectly successful. I bought the Canon Twin Lite before I realised much similar and cheaper altrenatives (in the right hands) can achieve just as good if not better results.

Thanks for sharing the great macros.


Duncan C wrote:

I've done a ton of macro, and tried a huge variety of different lighting setups, including a pricey Sigma TTL macro flash unit. Of all of those, my favorite is also the cheapest: A simple pop-up diffuser that I attach to the front of the lens.

It gives slightly directional lighting from above, with soft shadows, and very soft-edged, natural looking highlights.

Here's a picture I took from the eBay listing back when I bought mine:

And here's a current search link that finds a very similar product on eBay:


And here are a few sample images taken with that setup:

Look at the highlights on the ants' exoskeletons, and also note the subtle shadows under their bodies.

It works best with a hotshoe flash, but it also works pretty well with a pop-up flash.


Duncan C

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My macro gallery:

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.5 1-5x Macro +4 more
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