My Macro Photography Light Setup

Here's my simple Macro Lighting Setup. Light is the number one problem that every macro photographers have, especially when you get closer to the subject, with my simple setup I was able to get some pretty descent shots. I don't have the money to spend on expensive macro ring lights, so I look around my stuff to see what I already have that I can use without spending more money and luckily I found these items.

What you'll need:

  1. ETTL Flash Sync Cable or   Wireless Flash Trigger – You'll need this to trigger your speedlight, without it your speedlight won't fire. I have both the flash sync cable and the cheap radio wireless flash trigger, I find the wireless trigger more convenient to use, it doesn't support ETTL but, it's not a problem for me, besides I hardly use ETTL, I'm on manual most of the time and it also works on my other speedlights (YN560)
  2. Cowboystudio L bracket with 2 Standard Flash Hot Shoe Mounts – You'll need the flash bracket to move your light closer to the front and to position your light higher. This flash bracket that I use has two shoe mounts, top and left which is very handy. I can either do side or top lighting. If your lens have a tripod collar like the ones that came with most 70-200mm lens or 100mm macro lens, you can attached the flash bracket there to move it closer to the front. I do that when I'm using my 70-200mm with raynox DCR-250. But when I'm using a short lens, I just attached the flash bracket the usual way, under the camera.
  3. Diffuser. The diffuser, you'll need this to make your light softer and bigger, you can use any diffuser you have. I also use the regular diffuser like the Fotodiox Flash Diffuser Dome for Canon 580EX 580EXII 580 EX II Flash Speedlight, but I find the result of a bigger diffuser better. But if I want to travel light, I use the small diffuser.

Most of my macro photos were taken with this setup. It works for me. The only downside to this is, it gets heavy overtime. I'm thinking of getting a small flash like a use Canon 270ex or 270ex II in the near future. Oh and if it gets really heavy, use your flash off camera. I use this Flash Clamp to hook the flash just about anywhere. Hopes this helps, if you have some macro lighting ideas feel free to post a comment.

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