How to take incredible macro insect photographs?

Probably anyone has seen amazing macro photographs of insects, where each part of them is so detailed that is looks even unrealistically. Those who are familiar with photography probably know that it is not easy to take that kind of pictures, because insects are small and fast, beside the lights outside are not always appropriate and camera settings need to be changed very often to adjust to the each situation. However, if you know what to do, it’s not as hard as it might seem. If you want to become a master of this, follow some simple macro insect photography rules.

Let’s start with the equipment needed. Of course, the quality of these kinds of pictures depends on the quality of camera and its accessories, but it is possible to take some good macro insect photographs even with point and shot cameras. Regardless of what kind of camera you use, you should add macro lens. It is possible to attach macro lenses even to smart phone cameras and they improve the quality of macro photographs incredibly. Also there is such attachment as extension tubes. They have to be attached to the macro lens and then you can get amazing level of magnification.

Next thing you need to know is all about camera settings. If you are using point and shot camera or amateur DSLR, you might not have so wide range of features and settings, but you need to understand how to use what you have. First you need to think of lights. Insects are not static and they can be located at places where the lights are not pleasant. That is why some photographers carry flash with them. You also can use this trick, but don’t shine a flush directly to the insect, because then the picture will be overexposed. Bounce the light onto another surface that will reflect it on the insect. If you don’t want to use a flash, you will need longer exposure. Choose longer shutter speed to get some more light, but remember that too long shutter speed will make image blur. The best way is to put aperture as apriority and increase it until F32. Then the camera will adjust the shutter speed.

When your camera is set, you need to go and find some insects, but the skills of macro insect photographing doesn’t end with that. You also need to know when to go and take pictures. The best season for that of course is spring or summer. The best time of the day is morning, because then the insects are not so active. They are stiff and it is easier to get some good images. However if you go too early, it is possible that there won’t be enough light to have a good quality pictures. Go when the sun is up, but nature is still sleeping. If you go earlier, definitely use the flash.

If you can’t get close enough to the insects to get them at least twice their normal size, you can try cropping pictures after shooting. Of course, you still need to get pretty close and have good quality pictures, but its fine to do some editing. Most of the photographers do that, but that again takes some extra skills.

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