Flashes & Accessories

Improving on Existing Light

I say going into this that, for nature photography, I prefer not having to introduce artificial light. Adding human-created light into a natural setting, I change the image from one of ‘pure nature’ photography into a ‘man-influenced’ photograph, by definition. Still, sometimes adding flash necessary to get an image at all, particularly for high-mag macro photography, which is the primary discipline for which I use the following tools:

Nikon SB-700 Flash (x2)

Highly-capable, small & compact

I have two of these flashes, one for my bird lens, the other for my field macro rig. This flash is big and strong enough to be useful, and programmable, but not so big or expensive as to get in my way. For birds, I use it as a fill-flash, to enhance existing plumage color—particularly in backlit situations, where the natural colors in the plumage would be lost due to unfavorable lighting conditions. For macro, I use this flash to freeze action, and/or where magnification (and subject movement) are so great that it would be impossible to otherwise capture the image. Highly-recommended.

See @ Nikon: Nikkor SB-700 Flash

Vello FD-1600 FlexFrame Softbox

I place this large softbox over my field macro rig as well. The purpose is to distribute the light evenly, eliminating the specular highlights which occur when the straight flash is used. An excellent, effective tool that produces perfect, even light.

See @ Vello: Vello FD-1600 FlexFrame Softbox

Vello VE-1002 Mini Softbox

Fill-Flash for Bird Photography

I use this soft-box flash diffuser for my second SB-700 for bird photography. Small, light, does the job.

See @ Vello: Vello VE-1002 Mini Softbox

Wimberley F-2 Macro Bracket

The Ultimate Macro Tool

An essential component of my field macro rig also. This great, adjustable tool allows my SB-700 + Macro Diffuser to be moved and positioned for optimal deployment.

See @ Wimberley: Wimberley F-2 Macro Bracket

Wimberley M-8 Perpendicular Plate

Macro Connector

This plate helps me connect my Wimberley F-2 Macro Bracket to the RRS L-plate, so as to mount my macro flash to the whole setup.

See @ Wimberley: Wimberley M-8 Perpendicular Plate

Nikon SC-28 TTL Coiled Remote

Connecting the Units

When positioning my flash elsewhere, beside directly on the hotshoe, this cord keeps the connection going.

See @ Wimberley: Nikon SC-28 TTL Coiled Remote