Using A Homemade Concave Macro Diffuser For Shooting Insects
Macro photographer Mark Thorpe (A.K.A PixelHobo) just sent us this awesome macro photography tip. The idea is to create a concave macro diffuser that will illuminate your (itsy bitsy) subjects from all around, eliminating shadows. He calls it ‘El Monstro’.
The build is easy as long as you have ample supply of gaffers tape :)
What is missing from the ingredient shot is a roll of black masking tape and the kitchen funnel that my wife has, unknowingly, donated to the cause! “Go big, or go home” right?
Here is a multi angle view of El Monstro:
All that’s needed now is a clear day and some compliant bugs. Methinks it’s gonna be a bit of a trial to approach willing subjects but hey, if it’s meant to be then let it be so. Looking forward to the adventure.
If you are into macro, you may wanna check out Mark’s previous tip utilizing toilet paper for diffusing lights.
Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.