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Macro Technique Tutorial
Ive been asked a couple of times to do a tutorial on macro photography, and Ive given a few "quick and dirty" explanations on various forums. But its easier to write about it formally in an article and just point someone to a link. So here goes
Disclaimer: I am not the last word, nor in my humble opinion is anyone the last word, on any photographic discipline! There are many different ways to take a photo, and I really dont think that any technique is inherently wrong -just different. In this article Im going to explain how I shoot macro and hopefully there will be something that you can use. The important thing to remember is that my technique was developed based on my experience with a camera -and the things that I do may be detrimental to you! So take my techniques, experiment with them, and adapt them to your own style of shooting. Dont let anyone tell you that you have to have a certain piece of equipment for a particular type of photography
Shooting Bees Tutorial
If youve read my other posts on shooting insects (Shooting Dragonflies: Link and Shooting Butterflies: Link ) then you can photograph the majority of the critters out there. But there are a few more useful tips that I can give you for shooting bees that are different than photographing other creatures so Im listing them here.
Bees feed in a predictable pattern, both in the area that they are in and on the flowers that they get nectar from. If you see a bee feeding on a flower and it takes off odds are it will be back later (or one just like it). Honey bees communicate the location of the food sources that they discover, so if there is a flower that they like theyll tell the hive where to find it. Bees feed on different flowers in different ways; some flowers are shallow and its easy fo
Shooting Butterflies Tutorial
As beautiful as they are fragile, butterflies are one of my favorite subjects to shoot and one of the most difficult to get close to in the wild. Im often asked how I get so close to them and here is what Ive learned.
Shoot them when they are distracted.
Like all insects, butterflies are more likely to stay put if they are occupied. Go looking for them early in the morning when they are trying to dry out from the previous nights dew, feeding, or mating. In the heat of the day they are very active and less likely to let you get close.
Dont act like a snake.
Predators, like snakes and lizards, move slowly when they are trying to get close to a victim and then speed up for the kill. If you get excited and speed up as you are getting close to a butterfly then you are simply mimicking the motion of a predator. Keep you movements even and slow
Picture the image in your mind.
Know what image you want before you get into position and compose for it as you ar
Shooting Dragonflies Tutorial
Ive spent a lot of time at Lago deAverno (Lake of Averno) shooting dragonflies. There are several species of them but the most common is the Violet Darter in the photo. After a while you start to pick up on their habits and quirks, and you learn when you can get close and when you're wasting your time. The trick is to find one that's busy. If they are feeding, mating, or otherwise occupied then they are less likely to fly away. If they do fly off then just freeze -if the dragon comes back to the same spot (or close to it) then try again. If the critter lands several meters away from you then look for a new subject to shoot.
If you try to get close to a dragonfly and it takes off then simply freeze, or back up a step and freeze. If the critter comes back to the same perch then odds are it didnt take off because of you; it found something to eat and went after it. The trick is to move slowly and dont vary your pace. Predators often move slowly at first, but speed up for