Photographing bees, bugs and collywobbles were elevation of the list of things I wanted to photograph after purchasing my first Canon macro lens. Later much frustration and thousands of shots later, I finally realised the trick to photographing bees and other flying insects. Information technology wasn’t to focus on the actual insect, but rather where you know it is most likely to land next.
Have this photograph of a bee beneath for case. At first, I was quickly following the bee around trying to focus and snap a photograph before information technology moved again. This particular bee was quite a busy fellow and moved around a lot. After viewing hundreds of pictures on my digital cameras LCD screen, I realised they were all blurred and I didn’t have i focused image.
Information technology was then that I saturday quietly and watched the bee to see what blossom it liked to feed from the virtually. I then put my camera on a tripod and focused on that one blossom. Information technology wasn’t long before the bee landed on the flower and I was able to utilize my remote release to fire off a few well focused images.
Macro butterfly feeding on pollen
Digital SLR Photographic camera:
Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi
Canon EF 100mm f/two.8 Macro
0.003 sec (i/320)
Why this image worked
Again, just like when photographing bees, I focused the photographic camera on the flower and not on the actual butterfly. In this example, I was lucky to exist taking photographs of collywobbles when in that location were literally hundreds of them flying around. Therefore, I was able to easily focus my digital photographic camera on a bloom that was getting a lot of attention, so my chances of capturing one landing was high.
As with the first case of photographing bees, this shot also required a fast exposure (shutter speed) of 1/320 of a second and a relatively low discontinuity number of f/v.half-dozen to blur any background elements.
Take Your Time
When photographing bees and other flying bugs, such equally butterflies and dragon flies, peculiarly with a macro lens, have your fourth dimension. Sit and lookout man which flowers the bees seem to adopt, so prepare your focus on the flower.
1 last tip for photographing bees. At that place is always an urge, especially for beginners to macro photography, to shoot at F/2.viii aperture. Yeah, F2.8 gives a faster shutter speed with shallow depth of field. In my feel F/2.eight for macro shots is also shallow. You may only get the eye of the bee in focus with the rest of the body out of focus. It’s similar shooting the pointy end of a needle.
Instead, set your aperture to say F/seven.2. If you need to raise your shutter speed, set a higher ISO. A higher aperture number will give more of the insect in focus and that is what expert macro photography is all well-nigh.
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