Fly flies photography system - Flies Photo Gadget

yamramil

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Greetings friends, I am pleased to present to you the Photographing System of the flies - Flies Photo Gadget, which makes it easy to make beautiful pictures of flies.

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Description

The Photo Gadget consists of a ring with LED strip, a clamp for attaching to the table and a clip for the front sight. The LED ribbon ring is positioned so that the light in a circle illuminates the front sight and does not illuminate the background, as, in most ring flashes, etc. The light of the ribbon, on the contrary, is slightly cut off from the background, due to which it is possible to achieve a dark blurred background.

The tape works from the usual USB connector, you can connect the tape to your power bank or to the charging from the phone, as well as to a laptop or computer.

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With such lighting, it is quite simple to achieve a light fly with a black background. The background can be any dark object from a laptop monitor to a simple sheet of black paper. Or it may not be at all if the distance is more than a meter. This is the main feature of this system, that the light illuminates precisely on the flies, and does not illuminate the background.

For convenience, I developed a simple and convenient background holder, for a4 a standard sheet size. The background is going separately and you can set it at a different distance from the light.

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Camera settings and sample flies pictures

According to the camera settings. I take pictures on the M mode with manual aperture and shutter speed.

Basic settings that I use:
- ISO sensitivity is minimal (I have 100)
- Focusing on the center (better to fix)
- I set the aperture averages F4.5 or F4 (I have a minimum of 3.5 maximum 6.8)
- Exposure is the most important thing! We change it depending on the exposure. We need to select an exposure in such a way that the exposure would be from 0 to -1, let the fly be better a little darker, then this can be corrected in the editor. To understand what the exposure is now, press the shutter button halfway down, and after focusing, the exposure scale appears on the screen, and already seeing this scale, change the shutter speed))
- It is better to photograph with a tripod and setting a delay of 2-3 seconds, so as not to press the trigger with your hands. Then your photos will be as clear as possible.

Examples of flies with a dark background (camera Panasonic DMC TZ20 with macro mode)

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Examples of flies with a blue background and different distances from the light (Nikon d5200 camera + macro lenses)

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Different Variants of Using Flies Photo Gadget

Depending on the configuration, different fastenings are provided in the system, in addition to the standard fly clamp.

A very interesting option can be obtained by photographing flies on the glass of your smartphone using the table and the background holder with a black sheet.

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The black screen of the smartphone merges with a black background + reflection of the front sight from the glass of the smartphone.

Sample photos on the glass of the smartphone

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Another way to use this system is photos on a modern smartphone. If your smartphone can not focus close to the fly, then you can use the nozzle macro lens.

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Sample photos on a smartphone with a macro lens

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If you have a more new smartphone, the photos are great without macro lenses.

Sample photos on the Samsung Galaxy S8

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In conclusion, I will say that the system is very compact, occupies a minimum of space on the table. using you can easily get beautiful pictures of your flies!

Autor Yamaliev Ramil - YR3D fly fishing reels and fishing gadget

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P.S. Sorry my english
 

boisker

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Good luck to him...

judging by the number of really poor shots of flies in the forum (and I include mine in that) it could only be a benefit.
Photography isn’t my thing, but I have plenty of none essential bits of fishing kit, so I can’t say this is any different.

And ... nice photo’s
 

yamramil

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Some more examples of photos Flies Photo Gadget + Nikon D5200. The original photo size is 4000 x 6000 pixels. Can be used for large posters))

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pusser

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Looks like a decent enough gadget for those that may need it, and great looking images. Good luck with it.
 

boisker

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You can say that with practically anything.... at the risk of dragging tangled in... fly rods are a great example.

....some people who are really into photography have very particular set ups, light boxes, filters and all sorts for taking shots of their flies, if it’s something you really enjoy having kit is just part of it.

Not sure it warranted a ‘spam’ response as the first post... but then, unfortunately that’s what the forums become...
 

yamramil

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Good luck aye but if you can't get a decent shot of a fly with a digi cam set to macro you'll be doubly ferked with that load of kit.

Popped out to the conservatory, a hand held shot from a second hand nikon coolpix (£100) a couple of minutes ago, no prob after a gin to steady the shakes, think what one could achieve with a ten quid tripod.

Did you use this gadget? Why talk about what did not even use?

And can you make a beautiful photo with a dark background?
 

olive_dabbler

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Looks like an adaptation of the approach of the traditional ring-flash used for macro, but without the flash, a tried and tested approach for even illumination macro work. OP's images are some of the sharper fly macros I've seen taken with a compact or smartphone. Best of luck to him.
 

yamramil

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Thought I should qualify that statement, achieved this dark background by the immensely technical manoeuvre of putting my tablet behind the fly.

Not bad, but on my gadget to make it easier and more convenient. :)

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Some more pictures of using a Flies Photo Gadget


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yamramil

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An interesting version of the nymph. Used silicone form. ����

Imitation Plecoptera ��

Easy cool pictrures flies with Flies Photo System

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yamramil

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Nymphs from Siberia. Russia. Strange, but they catch grayling!

Great pictures using Nikon d5200 + "Flies Photo Gadget"
The original size of the photo is 4000 * 6000 pixels. as an option to use for posters))

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Cap'n Fishy

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I'm always interested in ways to light the fly being photographed, when indoors. I may well add one of these to my kit.

Col
 

yamramil

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Catchy flies)) caught some fish on the Kola river. Russia

Author Valeriy Radchenko

Valera Radchenko took the Flies Photo Gadget with him on fishing this year and wrote a short review about the convenience of using it on fishing. May read it on his website Spey Oddity

Great photos on Samsung Galaxy S8 + Flies Photo Gadget

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ejw

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Regardless of if this system works, I have ordered one for serious brownie points as Snr management is into photography and would like to do close ups like shown. So impressed is she that I have been given a pass to fish the river tonight. Will feed back when it arrived.
Eddie
 

yamramil

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Strange nymphs from Siberia. Russia. Cool picture taken with Flies Photography System

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