Max those moths!

Claire Gillo takes a closer look with her Nikon, and re­veals how to cap­ture cre­ative close ups of creepy-crawly crea­tures!

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Find out a re­ally easy (pos­si­bly cheaty!) way to get to great shots of moths and other in­sects with your macro lens

There’s a whole world ready to ex­plore with your Nikon – all it re­quires you to do is come in closer. We’re talk­ing about the world of macro pho­tog­ra­phy, where you take stun­ning close-up pho­to­graphs of small parts of large sub­jects, or tiny things in their en­tirety. There are nu­mer­ous set­ups and count­less tech­niques you can use to cap­ture the mi­nus­cule won­ders all around you.

To keep things sim­ple we’ll be shoot­ing us­ing a macro lens and a collection of dead moths. It may seem a lit­tle creepy pho­tograph­ing dead in­sects but it’s ac­tu­ally much eas­ier than try­ing to fol­low live ones around.

You can pur­chase bugs on­line from a va­ri­ety of com­pa­nies, but make sure you avoid the ones that are mounted to a pre­sen­ta­tion stand, as of­ten they have been glued into place, so they won’t be ideal pho­to­graphic sub­jects. If you’re on a budget then leave the house­work for a few weeks and start col­lect­ing the ones that pile up in the cor­ners! You’ll be amazed at what you can find when you start look­ing.

Macro pho­tog­ra­phy usu­ally means cap­tur­ing the sub­ject at a ra­tio of one

When it comes to macro pho­tog­ra­phy the most im­por­tant as­pect is con­trol­ling the aper­ture. This de­ter­mines how much of the sub­ject re­mains sharp and how much blurs

to one or closer. In other words, the im­age on the sen­sor is as large as the real-life ob­ject. There’s no ‘cor­rect’ fo­cal length for a macro lens, and they range from 50mm to 200mm. In this tu­to­rial we’ll be us­ing a 105mm lens, which is good for cap­tur­ing close ups of bugs and flow­ers.

When it comes to macro pho­tog­ra­phy the most im­por­tant as­pect is con­trol­ling the aper­ture. This de­ter­mines how much of the sub­ject re­mains sharp and how much blurs. As we’re shoot­ing at a very close prox­im­ity, even when we close down the aper­ture to a nar­row set­ting the back­ground will still soften. For this rea­son we’ll also need to con­sider the an­gle we po­si­tion our sub­ject. Let’s get started…

Your Nikon can cap­ture the mi­nus­cule de­tails that your eyes can hardly see!

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