Photographing Ladybugs (or Ladybirds if you prefer)

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There are several types of Ladybugs; all of them are beetles not true bugs. They can move fast, not as fast as ants but fast. I have only once in many shoots have them fly away but they do run and hide. When flying they look flies and their red shells are hard to see. The shell divides to allow the wings to emerge. The shell is also reflective as you can see in the photo; this means you can get reflections from sunlight and flash. If you do not use flash, a high shutter speed of at least 1/500th of a second is essential to get sharp photos. The closer you are the more depth of field you will need to capture the insect. Getting a photograph where you can see the eyes is not easy as they are almost always partially covered by the shell. That said these are interesting creatures to photograph, if only because of the contrast in color between the insects and their habitual surroundings.

7 responses

  1. Wonderful detail!


    June 22, 2017 at 10:26 pm

  2. Very pretty!!


    June 23, 2017 at 9:39 pm

  3. Thanks for the tips, Victor. This ladybug looks to be pink rather than the red we’re so accustomed to. I checked my ladybug book and sure enough there’s a pink one! The polkadot ladybug comes in 2 colour phases — pink and black. The black one has yellow spots with a different pattern than the spots on the pink one. Talk about confusing! But beautiful whatever colour.


    July 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm

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