September 16, 2011

How to photograph insects

Insect photography inspires all nature lovers and wildlife photographers. Getting magnificent and lively close-ups of insects in fraction of seconds is the general rule of the thumb. Adjusting the camera, angle and exposure in accordance with the movement of the subject makes this task even more challenging !

My purpose of writing this post is to share some pretty basic tips that can be used to enhance the insect photography skills.

Tip 1: Get closer to the subject

Get your camera closer to the insect with such a degree that the insect comfortably fills the entire frame. Don’t get too closer, otherwise the subject will fly away, being scared by the camera lens. Adjust yourself in such a comfortable position such that your equipment is in complete harmony with the insect.

Tip 2: Adjust the macro and the aperture

Operate the camera in manual mode. Now, set the ISO to a lower value and utilize the shallow depth of field. This will result in the the subject(insect) being highly focused against a soft background. This is the key factor that adds a wow factor to your photographs. Secondly, increase the aperture of the camera. While these settings can be easily configured in case of a DSLR camera, the photographers with a point and shoot camera should try to frame the shots under the portrait mode and macro mode.

Tip 3: Experiment with different angles

Try taking the shots with varying angles. Sometimes a twist in the angle can really spice up the photo. It is worth giving a try. Take multiple photos with wide variety of angles.

Tip 4: Post enhancement

Adding vignette effect to the photographs of the insects makes a big difference. Further post enhancements include cropping the photo, adding auto exposure, color and contrast correction settings using Adobe Photoshop and Google Picasa.

Here’s is what the result I got utilizing all the above mentioned tips to photograph insects:  insect photography

I believe that you will definitely like all these insect photography tips that have been mentioned above. Feel free to comment on this post, as your feedback and complements are important for us to continue with this work.