Capture crisp close-ups
Jason Parnell-Brookes demonstrates how to get macro shots that pop using nothing more than a crisps can and some tissue paper
We’ve covered a lot of ground so far in our Teach Yourself Flash series, but this issue we’re taking it back to basics with a cheap-as-chips lighting trick for great macro photos. You can lock away your light stand and flashgun for a well-deserved break; all you need for this fun tutorial are your camera’s pop-up flash, an empty crisps can and a bit of tissue paper. You’ll also need very basic DIY skills – we’ll be getting crafty with scissors and cutting the can down to size before fixing it to your camera with rubber bands – but the quality of light that’s funnelled onto the subject is worth the minimal effort involved.
The quality of light that’s funnelled onto the subject is worth the minimal effort involved