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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

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 ...
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What is the "Water Glass" training technique for learning to hold a camera steady?

Now I will tell you a real training exercise. Train yourself to hand-hold the camera with a steady and non-jerking stroke when pressing the shutter release. Place an operating flashlight on a book ...
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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

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 ...
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What is the "Water Glass" training technique for learning to hold a camera steady?

I don't think I've ever heard of it, and I've been reading about camera stabilization techniques since the 1980s. If I have ever heard of it, I have since forgotten it to the point that even this ...
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What is the "Water Glass" training technique for learning to hold a camera steady?

I am not familiar with that technique and to be honest, I don't recall any training or practice to help holding the camera steady. This is because of two factors: holding the camera correctly, and ...
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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

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 ...
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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

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 ...
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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

Feed the bug. Lower temp of bug but not too any extreme. Think... simulate morning conditions. Play with it awhile... It might get tired of moving around every time you reposition it. Also maybe you ...
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What is the "Water Glass" training technique for learning to hold a camera steady?

Certainly the muscle stability this could potentially develop could be useful, but I'm not familiar with this being an actual training method in any training I've ever seen for building a stable ...
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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

Put specimen in the refrigerator for a few hours.
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What is the "Water Glass" training technique for learning to hold a camera steady?

Does that technique really exist or is it just another urban legend? There is no such technique. What you describe appears to have been inspired by Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, and other depictions of ...
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Does a larger sensor resolution increase the difficulty of shooting hand-held?

Simply no, if you are viewing or printing the image at the same size, a higher resolution does not affect the difficulty in shooting handheld. The only reason a higher resolution image seems to ...
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