Saw two professionals doing macro work yesterday

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by RichA, Jun 3, 2005.

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    RichA Guest

    I did a small (six hour) tour of lakeshore parks and
    saw two professionals doing macro work. One was doing some
    preliminary photo work for a film studio. In both cases,
    they used large overhead diffusers of about 6-8 ft square.
    There were no clouds yesterday. One of them had the big
    Canon, the other had a Phase 1!
    -Rich
     
    RichA, Jun 3, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    I've been shooting outdoor with a small (24") shoot through umbrella as
    the sun blocker/difuser. Works well, but the wind blows it over easilly
    and it has to be repositioned a lot. OTOH, has the bracket to allow
    flash shots as well for a good mix of lighting types.

    For flowers/insect outdoor, I saw (don't recall where) a 'sandwhich'
    board with a piano hinge between the two frames and thin cotton cloth as
    the difuser and wind blocker. 3 - 4' on a side would be great ... room
    to work, but a bit tedious to drag aroud. I might build one shortly.
    I'd rather use ripstop nylon, but can't seem to find any around here.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 3, 2005
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    Frederick Guest

    I wanted to get white nylon - but can only get rip-stop. I figured that
    the squares from the rip-stop might cast a shadow pattern. Maybe it
    would have been okay. I couldn't get plain nylon, but got some white
    polyester lining fabric, which works well.
    I also want to make something that folds up small. I wondered if there
    was a way to use very thin extruded fibreglass rods to make a
    collapsible frame. Maybe someone has done this, and can offer some tips.
     
    Frederick, Jun 3, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Only if close to the subject. Far enough away it will bee to difuse.
    If there's a refection of it in the subject, that may show the pattern
    (for good or bad as it may be).

    It splits too easilly. Having said that, my SO is sewing some extras
    difusers for my for my softboxes.
    Inspire yourself from tent design ... that's how Photoflex do their
    softboxes.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Jun 3, 2005
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