Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
04-05-2007, 02:18 PM   #1
Site Supporter
slip's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: 2 hours north of toronto ontario canada
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,533
insect macro photography... how often do you need a ring flash!

someday I would like to invest in a good macro but was wondering, at least for insect photography, how often (percentage of your shots) do you need a macro ring flash?
It would be another expense that I would have to consider... and the price of a decent ring flash in canada is an arm and a leg....
like I said that a macro purchase a down a long road, but still interested anyway

thanks everyone!


04-05-2007, 03:14 PM   #2
Site Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: midwest, United States
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,323
Depends on the size of the insects. If they are really small you will be very close to them and may need a ring flash. Most of the time a special flash bracket that I cobbled together works fine. Usually use the bracket with the DFA100 macro and Kenko 25 extension tube. If using reverse lens stacked on another lens (2X-4X mag) use ring light. Kept the DS to use with the ring light.
04-05-2007, 06:09 PM   #3
Site Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,294

A ring flash is a nice toy. It does what it is supposed to do. Unfortunately, it often does more than you may want. Contrary to popular understanding it does create shadows. It can create 360 degree shadows around the subject.

I have used ring flashes and find them more limiting than an advantage. But, they clearly have a place in macro work.

All my macro work is done without much more than a conventional flash. Depending on what I want to do I would prefer to use multiple lights for high end imaging of macros subjects than hope that the ring flash will solve the problem.

Before investing that type of money, mount your flash to the top of your hotshoe; get a high end diffuser: take off any lens shade you might be using and just keep shooting until you develope your own style of macro imaging.

You may find that this alone will fulfill your needs; may find you don't like the hard work that macro imaging requires to do right; or you may enjoy it so much that spending money on macro gear will be done with unlimited joy and abandonment


Stephen C. Gushue's Photo Galleries at
04-05-2007, 06:18 PM   #4
Veteran Member
HogRider's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Arizona, USA
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 608
I use a ring flash occasionally. Maybe about 10-20% of insect shots. Nevertheless, I am glad I have it and wouldn't want to be be without one. My personal favorite macros of my own (The praying mantis series) were all done with ring flash.


  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, flash, insect, macro, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Macro Ring Flash Question 8540tomg Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 08-01-2008 09:05 AM
Macro ring flash for Pentax sharko Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 9 07-10-2008 01:48 PM
For Sale - Sold: Cobra Macro Flash (ring flash) heatherslightbox Sold Items 2 05-07-2008 07:12 AM
Ring Flash for Macro and Portrait? zenzenyoyo Pentax DSLR Discussion 7 11-28-2007 12:06 AM
Ring flash / ring light for macro tcom Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 5 07-28-2007 10:26 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:31 AM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]