Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

My First Flash Photo


Yesterday I received my new Nikon SB-700 flash and am having fun learning!  This is my very first flash photo and I’m excited about delving into a whole new area of photography.  And um yes, I did photoshop it just a little bit but nothing that affects the basic light.

My setup is a little popup white studio with a black cloth inside.  The flash was set up outside the photo studio to the right of the flower.  It’s a meshy material so the flash is diffused.  I then also used a bit of flash on my camera to fill in the shadows.  I’m looking forward to learning more and more so that I can get creative.

Macro Sunflower


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Journey of a Body on this Earth

45 thoughts on “My First Flash Photo

  1. Love sunflowers, such a personal favorite…You did a wonderful job of capturing the special beauty of this flower.

  2. Laura your photography of flowers it just AMAZING! Wow what a difference the flash makes, I need to look up what that flash looks like !

  3. As always, perfectly lovely. 🙂

  4. A new world awaits! You will never go back to an on-camera flash again…

  5. Lovely shot Laura… you I’ve done very little with flash, but it’s definitely one of those areas that I need to learn more about.

  6. Very nice image, Laura. The diffused light really worked. I agree with Infaredrobert, but be careful. Before you know it, you’ll be looking at adding wireless sync units, softboxes, light stands, and power packs.;-)

    • Thanks so much Robin. And yes..oh dear on the equipment. I’ve already realized I need a light stand lol. It’d’ be nice to have another flash too someday. I’m going to be shooting my daughter’s chocolates for her business in about six months so that’s why all of this started. Hopefully by then I’ll know what I’m doing.

  7. An excellent first image for your new flash, Laura!

  8. Nice. I have used strobes before. It opens up lots of possibilities

    • Thank you. I’ve been reading up on all this and you’re right…there are so many possibilities it makes my head spin! I’m kinda liking the hard light images. I’d love to see some of your photos sometime.

  9. Aaaah another side to Laura Photography… beautiful…

  10. Looks good Laura! I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun with it 🙂 Enjoy and share 😉

  11. so what do you think about the flash? I am also thinking of buying exactly the same model…

    • I really love the flash. I tried a friend’s SB-800 (discontinued) and the SB-600 but the menu on the SB-700 is infinitely better. I’m in my infancy with all this but from what I’ve read and experienced, I like this one better.

  12. Spectacular, Laura! I’m just looking into getting a Nikon flash for my camera in the next month or so. I keep hearing the SB-900 for my not so new Nikon is a great performer. Really like how this turned out.Sure you’ll be a pro at it in no time!

    • Thank you K’lee! I think it’s the 910? I’m not sure though. I must admit it’s kinda fun! I plan on delving into it a bit more in the next few days. Thank you SO much for your support! 😀

  13. wonderful glow of the gold!!

  14. Great flower, great photo Laura. How exciting ..

  15. There’s a whole new beautiful world waiting to be discovered with a flash. Go for it, Laura.

    • Thank you for your support on my new endeavor. 🙂 I left you a comment about your post. I am so touched, truly. You are such a wonderful person, thank you!!

  16. Congrats on your new flash! The result: stunning light!

  17. A great success Laura. Looking forward to lots more.

  18. Wonderful. Much better than my current initial foray into the world of flash/studio photography. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Playing with flash is a lot of fun. There’s a mounted flash on my new camera, but it’s possible to turn the flash so that you can bounce the light of reflectors/walls/ceilings. I’ll definitely be experimenting a lot more with flash from now on. I’ve also ordered an external flash that can be fired off camera. I like the result of your experiment!

    • Yes! My flash was mounted on a little foot that came with it off to the side. Thanks for the props on my result. I haven’t done any since. I’ve been working on this store. :\ I will be done with it today though so then back to photography! Yay! Thanks for your comments. 🙂

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