Introduction. As I trudged uphill, through the thick beech leaf carpet, carrying rucksack and tripod I felt, instinctively, that this year would not be one for those tiny treasures, the ghost orchids, that have over the years held a particular interest for me within the greater encompass of my  Orchidophilia. The colouring of ghost orchids – various pale yellow and cream tones and reddish stem flecked with a darker red – creates a camouflage effect in their beechwood habit with its dappled lighting. The  knack is to spot the first…

Posted by Paul Harcourt Davies © 2014 If you do a lot of macro work then having a lighting system that is portable, convenient, reliable and consistent is a great help – in fact, when working professionally, it could  become essential for you. Being able to wander in a field with numerous species of flowers and insects, alert to all around me and able to react quickly means I can be highly productive with my Nikon R1C1 macro flash system. Some so-called ‘purists’ decry the use of any form…