Flashes & Accessories

Improving on Existing Light

Generally, for nature photography, I prefer not having to introduce artificial light. Adding human-created light into a natural setting changes the essence from capturing a ‘nature’ photograph into creating a ‘human-influenced’ image, by adding an artificial element not actually present in nature. Still, sometimes adding flash is necessary to get an image at all, particularly where high-mag macro photography is concerned. When this becomes necessary, I use the following tools:

* Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight (x2)
* Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight (x2)

* Wimberley F-1 Telephoto Bracket (x2)
* Wimberley F-2 Macro Bracket (x2)
* Wimberley M-8 Perpendicular Plate (x2)
* Nikon SC-28 TTL Coiled Remote (x2)

* Alex Goh Macro Flash Diffuser
* Markus Kam “MK” Diffuser
* Shikhei Goh “SK Tech” Diffuser
* Vello FD-1600 FlexFrame Softbox (8″ x 12″)
* Vello VE-1002 Mini Softbox (3.6″ x 3.9″)

You will note that I have 3 macro different diffusers, all purchased from Asian vendors, in addition to a standard Vello diffuser. I continually experiment with different diffusers, as I try to keep the light as “natural-looking” as possible, when not relying completely on natural light.