Learn how to take pictures of insects:

female monarch butterfly perching on red petal flower
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Insects are one thing that is an interesting phenomenon in our world. Either we love them or hate them. Case in point: we all love the beautiful butterflies that we have adding beauty to our world. But, how about mosquitos or beetles or all the other things in our world. And you know, in photography, which insect or bug would you really enjoy taking pictures of anyway?

Today we want to help you learn how to take photos of “insects”. And what you need, and the composition rules etc.

1- Getting on the same level as the insect. 

2- Have patience when photographing insects. Following these tips would help create better photographs because it would have more creativity,

3- you can get better highlights in the eyes of the insect

4- taking photographs from different angles would create a good composition.

5- Get close to the insect, even if it means some specialized equipment.

close up photo of ladybug on leaf during daytime
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We can discuss several of these rules showing this photo above: Getting down to their level is a big key if you want to get the detail you need to make it look good. If you take it from the top, you will notice that all you would have is the back of the bug, and in this case you would miss the legs, and possible the “antennae” or feelers of the bug.

And then, you want to get close, really close to get a photo that looks good, and possible fill your frame. And taking close-up photos of insects can generally be done only with a Single Reflex camera. The least expensive way to get close is with a set of close-up filters. These filters come, usually, in a package of a +1, +2, +4, and +10. And they can be stacked as well. So, if you want to have a number #3 in close-up filters, you can simply add a +1, and +2 to get your +3. The higher the number, the closer you can get.

Nothing beats the versatility of a true macro lens. A macro lens is a normal lens you would have on your camera, but just has the capability of focusing extremely close. They are a bit more money, depending on your camera brand, but, if you are in to a lot of close up photos, then this will be a must.

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Notice in the steps above, it says to focus on the eyes of the insect. Can you even see them? Only if you have the equipment to get close enough. And a macro lens and a set of close-up filters is the only way you can see the eyes of an insect.

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Sometimes it is really obvious where the eyes are on an insect, and other times you just know where the eyes are and use that for it’s focus point.

Why does it say to have patience in taking photos of insects? There are 2 factors that will cause you to use your patience. 1- A lot of insects are looking for food, and you just need to be patient in waiting for them to hold still. 2- Even the slightest wind will get the leaf, or blade of grass to move, so waiting for the wind to stop, so you won’t get a blurry picture, certainly does require some amazing patience.

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If you can do the following, then your photo will be perfectly composed: Have the insect fill the screen as much as you can, and also give them something to stand on, like the blade of grass or a leaf. I think taking a photo of an insect, and getting them right smack in the middle of the photo is still one of those rules that’s broken a lot with this, and generally, this is going to be ok. But, check different angles to see if you can be more creative in taking photos of insects.

The list: 51 different subjects on photography.

We have now officially completed the left side of this lest. So, now we are half way done. Tomorrow, the subject turns to negative space, which is one of my favorite subjects. See you tomorrow.


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Insects are all around us. They can be annoying, ugly, scary, yet, they are a part of our lives. This week’s PHOTOS OF THE WEEK highlight these bugs, as maybe a work of art, or yet, something to get acquainted with. Photographers with the right equipment can get photos of these animals that we can learn to really love. I hope you enjoy these PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

jewel beetle on tree branch
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selective focus photo of butterfly perching on purple flower
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butterfly perched on flower
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paper kite butterfly perching on red flower in close up photography
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white brown and orange moth
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bees on purple flower
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white black and brown snail on green leaf
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woman looking on spider
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purple flowers in bloom
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brown praying mantis in close up photography
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macro photography of jewel beetle on green leaf
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yellow and black butterflies cocoon
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nature insect macro spider
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We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.

Bill Vaughan
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shallow focus photography of green caterpillar on green leaf
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In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with humans it is the other way around: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.

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It is common knowledge now that we depend on insects for our continued existence; that, without key pollinators, the human population would collapse in less than a decade.

John Burnside
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Despite its dark veins, the transparency of dragonfly’s wings assures me of a pure, innocent world.

Munia Khan
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How still the woods seem from here, yet how lively a stir the hidden animals are making; digging, gnawing, biting, eyes shining, at work and play, getting food, rearing young, roving through the underbrush, climbing the rocks, wading solitary marshes, tracing the banks of the lakes and streams! Insect swarms are dancing in the sunbeams, burrowing in the ground, diving, swimming,—a cloud of witnesses telling Nature’s.

John Muir
orange flower with butterfly
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mosquito biting on skin
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“She sat down in a weed patch, her elbows on her knees, and kept her eyes on the small sterious world of the ground. In the shade and sun of grass blade forests, small living things had their metropolis.”

  • Nancy Price