HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH INSECTS AND OTHER SMALL CREATURES

There are more than one million known species of insects inhabiting our world, and many of these tiny creatures are right outside your door. Incidentally, an insect is an arthropod. To be classified as an insect, it must have a segmented body, six legs, two antennae, compound eyes, and in some cases wings. Other creatures, like spiders and scorpions, are also arthropods but are not considered insects. Photographing insects and other small creatures can be a lot of fun. You need venture only as far as your backyard to find a whole new world in close-up or macro photography.

A FEW QUICK TIPS ON MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY:

The first basic rule of close-up photography is to get close to the subject. Insect photography requires a macro lens that will allow you to focus very close to the subject. A macro lens (these lenses Micro lenses) lets you photograph your subjects at near life size.

You’re also going to want to use a tripod to steady the camera, especially when you’re using a telephoto lens or long shutter speed. When shooting with your camera on a tripod, using a cable release to trip the shutter is the ideal shooting method. Some photographers will go the added step of locking up the mirror on their DSLR prior to tripping the shutter. This further reduces the possibility of movement. If you don’t have a cable release, you can use the camera’s self-timer instead.

Depending on how close you can get, you will be able to fill the frame with the entire insect’s body, or a portion of its body such as its head and antennae. Be cautious, so you don’t get stung.