One tool that close-up photographers often use is the ring flash, which surrounds the lens of your camera to give an even, shadowless light to your subject.
Bob introduced an inexpensive alternative to this normally, very expensive accessory.
- A full-fledged ring flash can cost up to $659, perhaps more. Here is a Canon mount example:
- A somewhat cheaper alternative is one that mounts on your external flash and bends the light around your lens, like the Ray flash adapter at $249:
- A much cheaper option is a kit that lets you make your own adapter for your external flash. Here is a link to such a device, plus videos that show how to assemble it and how it improves lighting for close-up shots. Note that the ring flash is currently very popular for portrait photography as well.
At $25 this may well be worth a try.