For the macro photographer working with natural light, here is a tip and products to help improve your photos.
Here are two simple and inexpensive products that I carry with me in the field for controlling light.
LiteDiscs 12″ Translucent (diffuser)
Plamp (made by Wimberly)
The great advantage that macro photographers have over nature photographers who shoot landscape and wildlife is we can control the light hitting our subject. Landscape and wildlife photographers have to deal with what ever mother nature throws down on their subjects (harsh sunlight, heavy overcast skies) without any ability to control it. Because of the small size of our subjects and a little help from these two items above, we take control.
The image on the left was shot on a cloudy day and as you can see the light from over head has washed out the color on the top of the flower. My friend Jack Graham shows how to position the diffuser over top of a flower shadeing it from the harsh overhead light. On the Right you see the color of the flower is restored with the shading of the diffuser.
Using a diffuser makes a big difference in the color of the flower, and if you have ever wondered why your flowers look washed out on the top, this is why, and how you can make this simple fix.
Here is another example of controling harsh overhead light with the diffuser.
Without diffuser With Diffuser
So what do we use the Plamp for? For holding the Diffuser.
Buy all three of these products at Outdoor Photo Gear in a kit price.