Just a few more pics from the weekend. There are only a handful but I was quite pleased with my return considering it was my first attempt.
More details about the setup:
- Canon 500D
- 50mm f/1.8
- 430EX II flash
- ETTL off-camera flash cord
- Light stand with tilting flash bracket
- Manfrotto tripod with ball head
- Rosco flash gels (strobist collection)
Probably the most important piece of equipment aside from the camera/lens is the tripod. If you don’t yet own a tripod, then take my advice and buy the best you can afford. I spent around £150 on mine and it’s worth every penny. If anything, I wish I’d spent a little more and got a carbon fibre one. Anyhow, the point remains the same, buy a good tripod. If you can’t afford a good one, keep saving until you can.
As you can see, the rest of the equipment is quite modest. You can pick up a 50mm 1.8 for around £80 new and the Kenko tubes themselves were £140. A combined total of £220 is a significant saving on Canon’s cheapest dedicated macro lens.
I use my flash in manual mode 90% of the time and this session was no exception. If you don’t already own a flash you can pick up manual flashes very inexpensively on ebay. A light stand is perhaps not essential, but very convenient. A flash in itself is not an absolute requirement for macro photography, but note that you are going to be working at very small apertures and in my case I was working in low light as well. Having some control over your lighting is not a bad thing.
I hope you found that little run-down useful. Expect to see more macro shots in the future!