## Lighting in Macro Photography

Lighting can be a definite problem in macro, because as you get closer to the object the camera and your body block some light from hitting it. To help compensate for this you can look at things like a ring flash or a dedicated macro flash, or set up some speed lights and set them off to the side.

Putting a speed light on top of your camera won’t work well because, it's won’t get down in front of the lens from that angle.

### Macro Examples With Lights

These examples were shot in the same position as previously demonstrated, but with two speed lights using radio triggers.

This is a finger, and you can really see the ridges and little things in between them here. It's really incredible the amount of detail that you can get with something so simple, just a lens extension tube and camera on a tripod.

In the image of the eye you can really see the detail in the iris. Some of these were taken with one flash at a 90 degree angle to the face, and that really lit up the texture of the eyeball, and some with two flashes, one on the left and one on the right.