I tested my 105 micro with two rolls and I stumble on one problem: lighting. With 1:1 reproduction ratio I need of course a lot of light on moving subjects (or subjects on moving substrate ). The sun is a great source but it produced several 'white' areas, others remaining rather dark. Not uncommon phenomenon, but...
My question is: is there a trick to get a good 'macro' light for outdoors? A paper reflector maybe? Or must I avoid too sunny hours? Or under-expose -1IL?
#1. "RE: How can I get a good lighting?" In response to Reply # 0
You're on the right track with all your suggestions: a paper reflector can be used to fill the shadows and prevent you overexposing the high spots; get out of the sun if you can... or wait for a cloud to soften the lighting for you or pick an overcast day.
Macro subjects are tricky, particularly if you're forced to shoot them outside under available light conditions. A small f-stop to give you enough depth of field causes a slow shutter speed, and you'd be surprised how much a flower moves around at 1/15th of a second even in a very light breeze.