In photography controlling light is one of the hardest thing to master, yet it can give great results and can make a huge difference between an average photo and a memorable one. Sometimes it takes a little bit of experimenting before you can achieve the desired effect.

My subject was an overgrown frag of encrusting montipora species. I managed to light the whole coral tissue equally but I wasn’t fully satisfied with the result- the photo was clear and sharp, but it didn’t have that three-dimensional feel that makes it stand out of the crowd. So I dimmed down the flash output and pointed it straight above the subject to accent the irregular shape of rock this montipora grew on. You can see the effect above, tell me what you think…

Below is a link to this picture in high resolution, you can copy it and use as wallpaper.

http://cdn.manhattanreefs.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/montipora1.jpg

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