Todays Macro Tip, Patience, You’ll Need a Lot of Them.
November 22, 2010
Yes, it’s true. If you are serious about macro insect photography there are times that you will need a lot of patience and a lot of practice with your gear. Because insects / bugs move quite a lot, you will have a hard time getting them in focus, unless your insect subject stay still until you are done. In photographing insects here’s what I do:
- Practice a lot with my gear.
- I bring some snack and water.(^_^)
- Find the right spot.
- Wait patiently.
- Bring a tripod or a monopod
- I prefer longer focal length. This will give you enough distance so as not to disturb the insect.
- Increase the ISO to at least 400, depending on your situation. But I don’t go above ISO 400 to minimize noise on my photos
- Use Flash, Off camera if possible.
- I usually shoot in Manual mode, sometimes in shutter priority.
- Aperture, I use between F/4 to F/11 depending on how shallow you want the Depth of Field is.
Gear and Equipment:
- Canon Rebel XS
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
- Pro Optic Budget Auto Extension Tube
- Manfrotto 680B Monopod
- Vanguard SBH-300 Ballhead
I hope you found this little tip helpful. If you have a macro tip, I would be happy to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment below.