Up Close and Personal: The Wild World of Insect Photography

Insects creep out many people, that’s true. But for macro photographers, there might not be a better subject. Creepy as they may be, insects are also very photogenic if you get close enough.

Insects offer spectacular colours and structures. Trying out insect photography will be like discovering a whole new world. Not to mention how easy it is to find them nearly all environments.

In the woods, fields, at a lake, at a swamp, in our homes, in the garden, at streams, at ponds, the list can go on forever. You just have to watch closely.

For example, dead trees, either standing or fallen, can be full of life. You can find different types of beetles and various other insects hidden among the leaves. The most difficult part is to spot the tiny little animals and to get them in focus. Most insects can be quite skittish.

This post will teach you what you need for great insect photography. A heavy dose of patience is a must-have, but so are the right equipment and the know-how to get brilliant shots.

Best Times to Photograph Insects

Mornings

The best time to photograph insects is probably in the mornings. The temperatures are low and the insects are still asleep and less active.

It is harder for them to move if it’s cold which means you can take the best possible photo of that insect. After a cold night in the spring, you will find thousands of dew-drops on the insects. This will add a nice extra to your macro shot.

With the insects still waking up, you will have enough time to shoot tons of images. It is the perfect opportunity to practice your macro skills.

The lighting conditions are not ideal, but I would recommend getting out before the sun rises. Like this, you’ll have plenty of time to find the insects and also to set up your camera.

Another great advantage of photographing insects in the morning is that the light is probably the best you can have during the whole day.

If you have problems finding insects in the wild or if you want to practice with your new macro lens, just visit the nearest butterfly house. You will find many different insect species there.

If you want to photograph a specific insect species, do some research beforehand and figure out what the closest place where you can find them is.

Camera Body: Canon 60D, Lens: Canon Mp-E, Shutter Speed: 1/200, Aperture: f 5.6, Focal Length: 65mm, ISO Speed: 640

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