One of the things about macrophotography is that you either have to shoot wide open (and have a depth of field of about 1 micron or so) or stopped down to get some decent DOF (but have ridiculous shutter speeds making everything a blur). The solution: put a strobe on it! Given that you are so close to your subject, it’s hard to properly light it. A ring flash is a good choice and at the tiny distance it is used from the subject, it has the effect of a large softbox creating even lighting.
The PetaPixel DIY instructions calls for reusing a cheap, plastic food container, aluminum foil, a Pringles chips can, and a handheld strobe light. We'd love to see how this DIY version performs versus a commercial solution.
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