E-M5 Kit Flash and Close-Ups

So, you are loaded up, ready for Bear… Photography wise, Right?
You have you camera with a freshly charged battery, a clean SDHC card, a manual focus macro lens, and a small kit flash. It is do cute.

Now, we all agree to agree that a flash can be a good thing for close-ups.. but, is always needed?
That is what I went to try today.


No Flash, E-M5, 55mm f/3.5 Micro Nikkor

With the E-M5 Kit Flash at +1 FEC

You will notice that the flash added some tonal highlights in the pods, and the flash improved the contrast also. With Harsher lighting, a flash can tone down the high contrast and light up the deep shadows, giving a more pleasant photograph. It gave it a look like the Sun is out, but without blowing any highlights. The Flash output is important to adjust so it is not too strong…To do that on the E-M5 with Kit Flash (or any TTL Flash on the E-M5), activate the Super Control Panel and choose the Flash Exposure Compensation button on the left, and adjust as needed. I have a photograph in the next set that I forgot to adjust the FEC, and blow out the body of the bug. Arggg, BUT, I was saved, because the one without the flash turned out just fine!

With the E-M5 Kit Flash at +1 FEC

When using the Kit flash for close-up photography. You will need to adjust the “Flash Exposure Compensation” (FEC) as needed. The flash sits high enough that a longish lens won’t cast a shadow at close ranges. Which I found a great blessing. I use an adapted 55mm f/3.5 Micro Nikkor as my flower, macro, and close-up lens, and it can become 4.5 inches long at the 1:2 ratio setting.

Not every close-up needs a flash. here is one that works well without flash. Dangling from a Spider Web like strand.

No Flash Needed

With Flash, but forgot to adjust the FEC for a much closer subject.. Argggg. Glad the one without the flash worked out just fine!

With Flash set too high… Argggg

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