A Grasshopper on Stair Railings - How to Take Macro Pictures with a Speedlite

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This grasshopper was on the railing of stairs to a doorway. This grasshopper matches the colour scheme of the rails making it a great place to photograph this grasshopper.

I used a macro lens and a Canon Speedlite 430EXII with a mini softbox on. The mini softbox was a LumiQuest Soft Box: http://store.lumiquest.com/lumiquest-softbox/. I held the flash in my left hand and the camera in my right hand. I used manual focus and held my camera until the grasshopper was in focus and then took the picture.

Thanks to the great Vibration Reduction (VR) on the Tamron SP 90mm macro lens I was able to take a sharp picture without the use of a tripod. I set the camera and flash to manual mode and with trial and error got the right exposure. I used a wireless trigger to trigger the flash.

With macro photography a small movement of the camera is a big movement in the image. A tripod would definitely have been preferable. In this case however if I would have set up a tripod I could have chased away the grasshopper.

This photo was taken in June 2014 with a Canon 5D MkIII and TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro.

Camera Settings: f/4.0, 1/200 seconds and ISO 100

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