So the super secret project is now being revealed. I shot macro for the first time with a flash. Reader Rob Tobin pointed me in a direction of a small flash trigger called the FlashQ so I ordered a set. Just have not had time to use them until I snuck off to the US Botanic Gardens for some macro photography with a flash.
I’ll be honest and say I’m not a flash photographer as a rule. I have strobes and triggers but I use them for portrait work or when I’m doing an event and the flash goes on the camera in TTL mode because its run and gun photography. Be great to use them at concerts but its distracting to the audience and the performers so its frowned on. When I do personal work, I try and travel light because hauling a flash around is just more crap in the bag. This means that most of my flashes and strobes sit along with the various triggers and stands unless someone hires me.
Still, I wanted to take my macro stuff to another level. I already bought a right light but it wasn’t that effective and paying for a dedicated macro flash for something I would not use that much just didn’t make sense. So the the flash triggers and holding a flash in the hand seemed the best way to go.
I won’t lie. It took a lot of trial and error and even still the light isn’t consistent throughout all the images. It was also a pain to hold the camera one handed while trying to get the angle of the flash correct at the same time. My apologies to anyone at the Botanic Gardens who I blinded while working all this out.
Here is the first batch. Be prepared to be bombarded with flower power this week as I process the images. I may get bored and slip in some other images I shot as well. Until then, enjoy.