Detail in Insect Photography

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There are three ways to get detail with insects: a) Bellows and flash (camera at one end, lens at the other, all manual and nearly impossible to use in the field; b) image stacking and flash, where many photos are taken with different parts of the subject in focus and then combined for a very detailed result, possible but awkward in the wild; and c) extension tubes and flash, you do not get as close but the tubes enable your camera to focus closer, and flash both stops motion and illuminates your subject. The first two techniques need more time than solution (c) to carry out. The other important thing is to learn about sharpening in Photoshop and get plug-ins like NIK or Macphun that have tools for tonal detail, structure and micro detail. You won’t need many of those tools but one or another of those plug-ins will help pull out that last quantum bit of detail.


14 responses

  1. Great detail

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    September 24, 2016 at 2:15 am

  2. I really like mayflies, and you have photogaphed one beautifully here.

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    September 24, 2016 at 2:38 am

    • Thank you. Mayflies are great. Once saw them emerge in great numbers from a lake like revers rain.

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      September 24, 2016 at 6:09 am

  3. Beautiful detail and fantastic bokeh!


    September 24, 2016 at 6:13 am

  4. Gorgeous photo!

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    September 24, 2016 at 5:35 pm

  5. I love the golden one. The wings seem to gleam more on that one.

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    September 25, 2016 at 4:55 pm

  6. Fabulous shot Victor!


    September 27, 2016 at 4:08 am

  7. Hamza Charfeddine

    Watch also my photos.


    October 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm

  8. Thanks for sharing your thought!! When it come to macro shot, even thought it look easy, but the most hardest thing is to make a sharp focus shot. What you wrote is many way you can sharping the image. Thanks again or sharing!!

    Liked by 1 person

    November 13, 2016 at 4:51 pm

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