Category: Flash photography

Canon macro ring flash MR-14EX II – product review

  Macro photography is a great possibility to express your creativity and it’s a lot of fun e.g. shooting flowers and plants. But also in macro photography you will have situations where you won’t have enough light so set a shutter speed fast enough to make photos hand held. Of course, a tripod would be helpful. But what if the subject itself is moving, e. g. an insect or a flower swaying in the wind? In this case, a tripod would be useless. A speedlite is surely the suitable solution. But a normal flash is useless in macro photography because it sits on the top your DSLR. One solution could be to fire the flash remotely. Another one is to use a ring flash which would probably bring the most value. Therefore, I’d like to introduce in this article the Canon ring flash Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II*. So read on, folks.   The design of the Canon ring flash In contrast to normal external flashes which consisting as a single part, the ring flash consists of two parts. The first part is the control unit which you put on the top of the camera by sliding it into the flash hot shoe, and fixing it with a lever. The second part is the flash unit which you need to clip onto the end of the macro lens (or any other lens). Some lenses (like Canon’s 100mm Macro Lens* or the 180mm lens) require adapters, because the lenses have…

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What is TTL in flash photography?

If you would like to shoot photos with a flash, you need to know your gear. Otherwise, it will happen that your pics look ugly and flat even with an expensive external flash. Luckily, there is a method beginners can use to train the skills in flash photography. This method is called TTL and in this blogpost I’ll give you some explanations about TTL. You will also get some information about the pros and the cons of TTL. In total, the whole topic TTL is about how much control of your camera you want, or how much control you want to give your device.

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