A New Ring light for Macro Photography

salt robot ring light

salt robot ring light (more info). Note LED ring reflection in eyes.

I’ve experimented with macro photography before, but the lighting can be quite difficult to get right since the lens is generally in the way. Fortunately, there is an alternative called a “ring light.” I bought this model for around $30 on Amazon, and I’ve put my results in a gallery after the “read more” link.

You can also use it as a flash-alternative for relatively close-up shots, like the below photo of a dog toy.  It also works for video lighting.  For photography, I found it best to turn the light on continuous instead of flash, as it won’t adjust your exposure settings for you in this mode (at least I haven’t figured it out yet), and you’d have to compensate for it manually.


Dog Toy – ring light on continuously

washed out ring flash

Overexposed with ring flash

One thing that was a challenge using this was getting my macro adapter (Amazon), which has two male threads, to fit onto the male-threaded adapter for the light. This was easily accomplished by Continue reading

Photographing Brass Town Falls with a Neutral Density Filter

Neutral density filter waterfall - ND8

A neutral density (ND8) filter allows for some great waterfall shots!

Hi everyone, and thanks for reading!  This site is mostly about camera hacks and mounts that other people (and sometimes myself) do.  It’s not really about photography per se, but once in a while I do get to take some shots that I’m proud of.  I’m going to file this stuff under the new “Jeremy’s Photography” category so I have a place to show it off.

I don’t claim to be a great photographer, so it’s more about the learning experience for me.  If you have any suggestions as to how these shots could be better, please let me know in the comments.  If you think they’re awesome, I’m happy to hear that too.

I used an ND8 filter on most of these shots, and a longish exposure time (around 1/8 second or so).  This along with the ISO being set to 100 allowed the water in motion to appear more like “streaks” than “drops.”

So check out the shots of Brass Town Falls located in the furthest reaches of Upstate South Carolina after the “read more.”  It’s a great location, so maybe you can give photographing it a try! Continue reading