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Jan 22, 2012 00:20 |  #1

Still getting to grips with the upgrade from 100 f2.8 to MPe-65. Mostly trying to tweak settings on light from the twinlights. Diffuser at present is just some paper towel.

Hooked up to the 50D, here are some of the better ones so far (happy for any advice/comments ) ...

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Jan 22, 2012 01:22 |  #2

Lovely series - might need a bit more diffusion on the flash
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Jan 22, 2012 01:45 |  #3

Lovely captures.


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Jan 22, 2012 02:20 |  #4

BasAndrews wrote in post #13746599 (external link)
Lovely captures.

LordV wrote in post #13746536 (external link)
Lovely series - might need a bit more diffusion on the flash
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Thanks Brian & Bas

I have the MT-24EX in manual mode and varied between 1/1 to 1/4 (depending on ambient). I also use the shutter @ 1/250th of a second. Should I aim to have softer flash power and longer shutter? I guess my other option is to engineer a clever diffuser ... seen plenty of examples on the web for ideas to start off with.

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Jan 22, 2012 02:30 |  #5

I would imagine the diffuser will make more difference (not that I have mastered that bit yet!).

It is not the level of light so much as how focussed the light is. If the diffuser works it will soften the light and make the reflected flash less obvious.


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Jan 22, 2012 08:29 |  #6

Super shots. :)

I do not have a MT-24EX but a man who does (Dalantech) says getting the flash as close as possible to the subject is very helpful and that setting one lamp for slightly less exposure helps to give more definition in shadows. Or something like that.


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Jan 22, 2012 08:55 |  #7

wow, great results andrew! looks like you have an easier time getting objects in focus than i do


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Jan 22, 2012 10:38 |  #8

I use the MT-24EX in ETTL mode and adjust via the exposure compensation select button say +1 if dark subject on a light background -1 if light subject on dark background with minor adjustments as needed.
PS I wouldn't say the MP-E is an 'upgrade' from the 100mm, they are different tools for different jobs really although obviously there is crossover.


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Jan 22, 2012 13:15 |  #9

interesting compositions , agree lighting needs a lot of work, all fine detail is being blown.
also try shooting with slightly higher iso (200-400) to prevent black backgrounds, or hold /place a leaf close behind to give background colour.

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Jan 23, 2012 02:12 |  #10

how do you get so close without the darn thing flying away?


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Jan 23, 2012 06:24 |  #11

Nice captures. Agree that more diffusion needed.


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Jan 23, 2012 09:32 |  #12

Nice captures. The lighting looks too contrasty to me. I think maybe you need more efficient diffusion. Thanks for sharing.




  
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