Flash Setup for Flowers

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Re: Flash Setup for Flowers

brahma1965 wrote:

Hey folks.

I’m after some advice about photographing flowers. I’ve got a D7100, a Tamron 70-300mm macro and a Sigma 17-70mm macro. But no flash.

To get decent flower pictures, do you use the onboard flash? Buy a hot shoe flash? Buy a soft box light box like a Fotodiox (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fotodiox-Foldable-Softbox-Speedlights-Panasonic/dp/B003Y30334/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=fotodiox+flash+box&qid=1596649633&s=electronics&sr=1-1)

Do you use a light stand for the flash? What are best value for budget / entry level? Is this any good? https://www.amazon.co.uk/AmazonBasics-Aluminum-2-13-Light-Stand/dp/B074VNRN5X/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=photography+light+stand&qid=1596893755&sr=8-5

Do I need a Nikon Speedlight flash to go with my my D7100? Or are the cheaper flashes any good? Like Neewer?

Any tips for beginning flower photography?

Thanks all

Andy

There are so many variations with flowers that you probably want to start with a TTL speedlight that can be used on and off camera. I use a remote cord, since I'm usually close. The small diffuser works relatively well.

The speedlight might come with it's own little foot, so you might not need a light stand to begin with. For flowers, I hand-hold the flash a lot.

Any reputable TTL flash should work. I wouldn't start with an all manual flash. You have to adjust them too often from shot to shot.

The Godox TT350 seems to be a popular general purpose flash, but I don't know what it's battery life or recycle time is actually like.

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