This week I experimented with a speed light and macro tubes. I’ve never used either before, so it was a fun experience. The set up for each photo was a little different, so I will go into detail later on. However, editing was similar on each photo. In Photoshop I used layer adjustments to brighten the images and enhance their colors (or in one case, make it black and white). I use the curves, vibrancy, color selection, and brightness layers to accomplish this. On some photos I used the color dodge and burn tools to increase the shadows and highlights, but most photos I did not use this. Each has an unsharpening mask to sharpen the photo.
To set up the dandelion I placed it on a piece of foil to give it a reflective surface. I put a blue piece of paper and speedlight behind the dandelion.
I was baking cookies, so I decided to take a picture of one. I put a speedlight to the the side of it.
The Young Women’s medallion also has a speedlight to its side.
For this photo I used an eye dropper to put the droplet on the stem of the apple. I used a tripod and set my camera’s timer. When the timer was about to go off, I started spraying water with a spray bottle and the speedlight helped capture the droplets in the air.
For this photo I used an eye dropper to put a water droplet on top of a turtle necklace which is filled with tiny wildflowers. I tried to keep only the flowers you can see through the water in focus.
For this last photo I used my eye dropper to try to capture some water falling. I used a tripod, speedlight, and the timer on my camera. I also put some blue water color in the bowl of water to make it extra blue. I got this shot on my second try. I kept trying after that, but this was the only one that came out well.