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Flash during the day?

 
Diplodactylus21
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Dec 11, 2017 20:11 |  #1

Next month I will be in Costa Rica, and in a few months I will be back in Ecuador to photograph reptiles and amphibians. I am curious, should I be bringing the flash and diffuser with me during the day, or is that mainly used at night? Trying to figure out what I need for daytime vs nighttime photography. I just picked up the Canon 100mm L macro lens.

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Dec 11, 2017 20:16 |  #2

Absolutely flash during daytime.

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Dec 11, 2017 20:17 |  #3

You are going to find it very dark under the canopy during the day a lot of the time. You might be able to accomplish some work without flash but you'll be glad you brought it with you.


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Dec 11, 2017 20:19 |  #4

Thanks, I thought so, but wanted to make sure. Looking forward to testing out this system.




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Dec 11, 2017 22:48 |  #5

Definitely bring the flash even during the day, but you decide to go natural light or full flash or fill flash! Some of my favorite images are all taken with natural light, with or without tripod.

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Dec 15, 2017 10:10 |  #6

If you can practise night time photography before you go.




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Dec 15, 2017 11:11 |  #7

Whether in bright sun or in deep shade, you will need to maximize DOF ...which is very hard to do when the light is not strong!

I happen to subscribe to use of somewhat directional lighting to fool the viewer into thinking 'natural' light, rather than the 'scientific lab' flat frontal lighting that is so often used by folks.
...think of 'insect/amphibian north light window portrait'


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Dec 15, 2017 15:17 |  #8

Even when the natural light is good I'll use a flash to expose the subject -I like it's motion stopping power. Natural light for the sky in the background.

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