Posts Tagged ‘Flash’

Again, Testing Macro with Nikon 18-300mm

August 25, 2012 Leave a comment

This is a merging of three shots in a one, trying to get a close shot @300mm and cropping the image to reach the Macro feeling, i use the Nikon SB900 and tripod for the camera.

Best to see it in full size
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Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon 18-300mm VR
Flash: Nikon SB900 remote fire.

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The Dates in LightBox

May 3, 2012 3 comments

This is a small jar of dates, i use the LigheBox and light diffuser to have a nice lighting on the object, here are tow shots with 35mm lens.

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Here is the studio setup and the LightBox

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and another shot


Flash Color [White Balance] Temperature

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

[o] Information
Subject: Small Eiffel Tower and a Milk pot.
Studio: Home Made LightBox.
Flash: Normal Room light + Camera Flash

[o] Camera Setting
Camera: Nikon D90
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 35 mm
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: On, Return not detected

One of the features in the ‘almost all’ new digital cameras the you can change the White Balance colors Temperature to get colors atmosphere in your shot, In each shot of this image I changed the flash color temperature (White Balance) to get different colors and merged them all in one picture ..
starting from the left..

1. White Balance Red, Blue Coefficients = 485/256, 316/256, 256/256, 256/256
2. White Balance Red, Blue Coefficients = 422/256, 263/256, 256/256, 256/256
3. White Balance Red, Blue Coefficients = 579/256, 341/256, 256/256, 256/256
4. White Balance Red, Blue Coefficients = 411/256, 309/256, 256/256, 256/256

The result..

Here is the Studio..

My old Minolta 500si Dynax.

August 11, 2011 2 comments

Minolta Dynax 500si was my first 35mm film SLR camera, I bought it in 2004 from UK with a TAMRON 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, am not using it anymore. In this shot I merge two photos to get this result. and I use my Nikon D90 with SB900 and the lightbox to take the pictures.

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If you want to see the lightbox in action Click Here..

Macro on ‘Pierre Cardin’

July 31, 2011 2 comments

This is a Macro shot on a ‘Pierre Cardin’ Watch, i used my Nikon 105mm Macro lens with the camera flash.

This is the Camera setting for the shot..
Model = NIKON D90
Date Time = 2011-07-30 14:39:22
Exposure Time = 1/60″
F Number = F4.5
Exposure Program = Manual
Exposure Bias Value = +5EV
Max Aperture Value = F4.29
Flash = Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, return light not detected
Focal Length = 105mm
Exposure Mode = Manual exposure

Here are another two shots ..[Click the image to enlarge]

Still Life

December 17, 2010 2 comments

Small wood vase with fake woody flowers in my LightBox. Your perspective may give you good capture, change the light position, try different camera setting,, for sure you will take good shot.
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More information on How To Create a ‘LightBox’ Click here..

Macro on Fruit

November 12, 2010 7 comments

Macro on Fruit: In this project I set-up my studio to be able to capture/shot the fruit from top, I use my Nikon D90 with tow lenses the Nikon 35mm and Nikon 105mm Macro. Note that the Focal Length of 105mm lens is equivalent to 157mm in 35mm Film.
[Click on the images to see them larger..]

The Studio set-up…
o. Camera Nikon D90. [Nikon 35mm + Nikon 105mm macro]
o. Square Glass. [Size as your studio need]
o. Glass Pyrex dish.
o. Light source.
o. Different type of fruit. [cut to slices or as you want/plan]
o. ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control.

Here are some shots:

Slice of Orange, I add the reflection and increase the brightness. In this shot I used 35mm lens, listed the other camera setting:
Exposure Time = 1/200″
Focal Length = 35mm [Nikon 35mm f/1.8]
F Number = F1.8
ISO Speed Ratings = 200
Exposure Bias Value = +5EV
Flash = Off

Same Orange with Macro lens,
Exposure Time = 1/320″
F Number = F4
Focal Length = 105mm
ISO = 200
Exposure Bias Value = ±0EV
Light Source = out source
Flash = Off

What is this? Yes, Kiwi Fruit, macro lens with extra brightness; the frame (upper & lower) are a black rectangular with 45% opacity.
Camera Setting:
Exposure Time = 1/80″
F Number = F4
Focal Length = 105mm
ISO Speed = 200
Exposure Bias Value = +5EV

Here is another shot for the Kiwi with 35mm lens.

This is a Lemon, tow images been joined in photoshop to get this..

Camera setting for the shot on the left..
Exposure Time = 1/80″
F Number = F4
ISO Speed = 200
Exposure Bias Value = +5EV
Focal Length = 105mm

The Pomegranate is a wonderful fruit

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The Sound Trigger system..

November 3, 2010 9 comments

Sound Trigger System

Usually you need to press a button (Shutter release) to take a photo, but there are other ways to take photos such as timeing mode and the way we will talk about “Sound Trigger System” so What is it?

Sound Trigger System: In a simple words, some thing let you camera fire or releass it’s shutter when it detict any sounds.

In this artical i will show you how i create my Sound Trigger system.

[0] Shutter Release Cord. ($8 from
[0] Any sound detection toy. ($3.5 from local toy’s shop)
[0] Some electrical tools..
    1. Soldering Flux.
    2. Soldering iron.
    3. Rosin Core Solder.
    4. Plastic terminal blocks. (Wire Connectors)
[0] Some knowledge in electricity. (Basic information)

The Shutter Release Cord.

A bird toy that start singing when it detect a sound.

Electrical tools

Start with:
[0] Unscrews the toy and find it’s parts and the functionalty of each.
    1. The sound detector.
    2. The speaker.

[0] Unscrews the Shutter Release Cord and find it’s parts and the functionalty of each.
i could’t open mine so i break it.

[0] Here i just did some electical Weld job.
The problem was that you need to press the shutter release on the remote half way down to set focus, then press all-way down to release the shutter, so i just turnover the the focus function.

[0] Packing-up the remote.

[0] The final shape, i add the On/Off switch (1) for more control.

The resault:
Here are some resaults and the studio set-up.
The Studio set-up

Sample images

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Ink in Water

May 11, 2010 11 comments

Ink ‘N’ Water
   One of the funniness project, dropping inks in a water and shooting the action, you will never know what you will get.

 The Equipments
  o Water + Water container or Glass. 
  o  Food color or normal ink.
  o Use Camera Flash or light source.
  o Camera on Stand.
  o Manual Focus.
  o High Speed shutter.

here is the studio set-up that i use

List of things in this Studio:

[o] Bowl of water. [semi-transparent bowl]
[o] Needle for dripping the ink.
[o] Food ink, or any normal ink.
[o] I used a Tripod and Monopod [as shown] to get the camera Top to bottom.
[o] Nikon SB900 as speed-light.
[o] Camera Nikon D90 + 35mm lens.


some original shots without any photoshop edits: [No crop, No colors.. Just resize to W800]


Sample shots after Photoshop edits



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Strobist Techniques

November 13, 2009 1 comment


Strobist Techniques:  Part 2, [ Click here to read Part1 ]

The light is the key element in the photography, you may use the day-light, or the camera built-in flash but to play with lights and shadows you will need one or more external lights with remote fire capability. (I have the Nikon SB-900)

In this article (Part 2) i will use the same LightBox with black background and Glass as a reflection of the object, again SB-900 Nikon SpeedLight will be used in remote sync with my Nikon D90, also i will use a flashlight as another light source.


This is the LightBox with black background, and sb900 position.


The position of the of the FlashLight.


The result after Crop, you can see the reflection on the Glass.


The SB-900 placed inside the LightBox with 50% light power, [no flashlight]


Same after crop the SB-900.


 The result, after croped.


other photos for different objects will be post.

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