Insect photography can be more frustrating for some people since there are so many challenges in it. But still you have to overcome those challenges in order to get intricate images of the insect.
Shooting an insect with a camera cannot be done easily just like you do for other objects. Some tactics must be implemented to get a perfect image. So, here are a few tips and tricks for capturing an insect photography that you need to know.
1. Take a close shot
To get a close shot a macro lens is essential, and to photograph the insects you must try to be as close as possible to get the best images. For example, take a look at the images below. The left image is more blurred out at the background compared to the right one. The right one is just a normal image which can nowadays be captured with the help of a smartphone. Thus, to get more perfect images of the bugs, try to shoot similarly like the left image.
- Additional tip
Morning is the best time to capture insects as they will be less active compared to the other times in a day. This will help you to take perfect pictures of insects easily without any difficulty.
2. Capture them while moving
When it comes to insect photography, patience is the key to success and so you have to wait for the right moment to click the insects. Since flying insects move around rapidly it is quite difficult to capture them at the right position. So, if you want to capture moving insects, first of all do not disturb them and make sure that you are using the tripod. Then wait for your subject to stay steady and then take a shot of it.
3. Try Different angles
There are so many ways to shoot the bugs like when they are in action or at the time when they are at rest. Make use of the natural light in order to show the image more crisp and sharp. Whenever you are approaching an insect, first decide the angle in which you are going to take a picture of it and then click so that the image comes out in an outstanding way.
Try taking shots in different angles so that each time you get a different output which will eventually help you in arriving at new ideas. Another important point to be noted while capturing the insects is that do not intrude the creature in any way because it gets annoyed and flies away. So, you’ll be losing an opportunity to capture it.
4. Focus on the background
When you are photographing the insects, background plays a major role in the composition. Do not just take a photo of an insect which stands in front of you, but also make sure that you shoot it opposite to the nature’s light which will give you a bokeh background by making the image astonishing. Using a macro lens will give you a better output.
Moving back and froth will give you a wonderful shot but you should also not forget about the background because improper background covered with stems and leaves may ruin your picture.
5. Which camera lens you should use?
Generally, a macro lens is used to capture insects at a close shot but if you cannot afford one you can very well use the reverse lens mount technique on your camera. It is not safe and preferable but if you do not want to miss the opportunity of shooting rare insects you can use your lens like that but only with utmost care.
For alternatives you can use the extension tubes that are available in the market along with the filters for taking the close-up shots.
Some extra tips
First of all being patient is the most important thing in insect photography. Do not chase or interrupt them in any way because there are more chances for them to move away from the place or get disturbed. If your major interest lies in insect photography than other types of photography such as landscape, night or portrait etc., then it is suggested to use the macro lens for shooting the insects which will increase the overall quality of your images.
Once you start using the macro lens for capturing the insects, you will get detailed images of the insects and also the depth of field of the images will be really good and that can be visibly seen in the photos.