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Unless there is an ethical purpose to making a new photograph of a particular insect - scientific research for example, the least fraught approach is to use an existing photograph. I mean if you are deeply concerned about a bug’s well being, then forego using it instrumentally for the sole purpose of your gain and/or pleasure. Or to put it another way, let ...


A focus rail + stacking software will help you achieve deeper depth of field. However, if you don't have a focus rail (or time to set one up), try to pick an optimal angle to capture as much of your subject as you can. This can mean using an interesting angle (e.g. focusing on the eyes), or using an angle that captures a lot of detail despite the shallow ...


My practical thoughts: Use a tripod Get up before your models Use a macro slider (for you configuration motorized) The technique I used in the beginning was catching the insects with a glass while they were sitting on a wall or standing on the ground. Quickly slip a piece of paper underneath and bring it to a table where a flashes and reflektor was ...


Put specimen in the refrigerator for a few hours.


When I research, I find some promising techniques, and some dubious ones. Promising: Shoot very early, when the bugs are cold Apply a (light) mist of water Dubious: Freeze the bugs a while, then shoot -> seem to kill many subjects Anything else ?


If Auto ISO is selecting ISO 25600 at f/1.8 and 1/50 seconds, that means the light you are shooting in is VERY dim. It is equivalent to proper exposure for about EV -1. It might not be enough light for the AF system on your D7200 to function properly, particularly if your focus target does not have a strong amount of contrast. Even though the AF system of ...

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