Quail eggs in a ceramic bowlf/8, 1/200 s, ISO 100, 60mm, studio flash unit with softbox


Working with Light

Light is the key to photography—and macro photography is no exception. Here’s a small experiment you can conduct if you’d like a concrete demonstration of how different lighting situations can alter the appearance of a scene. Take a simple subject, such as the quail eggs used here, which are about 3cm in length, and take a series of photographs after dark using nothing but a desk lamp in an otherwise unlit room. Shift the position of the lamp for each exposure. You’ll quickly see how shadows change and how reflections form and then disappear ...

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