I am considering obtaining a flash to support my macro photography. By using a flash, I could take photos in less than ideal lighting and possibly have more options for composition. I will be mostly photographing flowers, insects, and similar targets outdoors. The choices seem to be a:
- Ringlight (LED - not really a flash)
- Ring flash (actual flash)
- Twin flash
Does anyone here have experience using these? Your comments are welcome. I would like to hear about pros and cons.
From what I can tell, the ringlights have two variable brightness LEDs that surround the lens in a circle (2 semi-circles actually). I wonder if it has the necessary brightness. The ring flash is more or less the same setup with a pair of flashes. The twin flash has two independently mounted flashes that attach to the end of the lens and have the ability to be pointed and moved closer and farther. Of course, this setup is heavier and might look a little odd to any onlookers. The twin flashes are also about twice the price of the ring flash.
Echinocereus triglochidiatus blossom.jpg
This is a recent photo taken in Colorado of a cactus blossom. It was taken with a Sony 50mm macro lens.