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extramundi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
As I did not find around the id. of this tiny couple, some tech. stuff this time.

One useful tool for macro photography are flash difussers.
They are most useful for:
-Lowering the intensity of the flash.
-Avoid harsh lights and hard reflections.
-And very important for me, softening shadows. As the light source becomes bigger, light is less concentrated in one point, and hard shadow lines are softer.

This shot, is taken with this flash & this commercial diffuser, which costed me 5 €. When you are very close to the subject it also help to project light downwards, something imposible when using external flash with extreme close ups, like in this case.

But when the cam is in the tripod, I preffer to use diffusers placed a bit further from the bulb, what enhances described effects. But you must use the cam in timer mode, to have time to hold the difusser in place. You will see the difference when you take the shot, but the best thing is when postprocessing, the photo contrast is better and easier to work with.
As "long distance" diffuser I always use my high-tech difussers, paper handkerchiefs :)
Different number of layers, give you more or less effect...
-As flash softener literally wrapping the flash with them. Eg. HERE.
-As flash diffuser holding it in the way to the subject, but separated from the flash light (changing the angle or distance is fine tuning ;) Eg. HERE.
-As sun filters when sunlight is too strong, Eg. HERE.
-As reflectors, Eg. HERE.

Other kind of home made difussers I have seen in TN are:
Milk bottle plastic diffuser: Paulīs [PDP] famous "milky difusser" Eg. HERE..
Difussers made of white expanded polyestyrene (will try them soon): Nicolas [nimou] Eg. HERE..
Diffusers made of cloth.

Hope you the info useful!

F:8 - 1/160 sec. - Manual exposure - Tripod - Difusse flash.

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extramundi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
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Edited by:extramundi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)

I put a magnifier in the head of the top fly :)
Regards.