Ross says.. I recommended Andy shoot in Aperture Priority mode, starting at f/5.6. This is to maintain a fast shutter speed, especially while initially shooting handheld. A mid-range aperture like f/5.6 also allows a decent depth of field – enough to get the insect in focus, at least. Even so, you may need to increase the ISO a little – Andy set ISO400, resulting in 1/500 sec, which is the sort of shutter speed you should be aiming for.
MATRI X Metering
Ross says... At first, Andy had Spot metering mode engaged, but I suggested he change to Matrix metering instead. After concentrating on getting the right amount of depth of field, focusing correctly and a good composition, to then have to spot meter accurately off such a small area of the scene is an unnecessary extra you can do without. Matrix metering is usually uncannily accurate, so you shouldn’t need anything else.
SLOW AND STE ADY
Ross says... Correct camera operation is crucial to shooting your miniscule subjects from up close, without scaring them off. That’s why I showed Andy how to approach a subject first, before taking a picture. Take gentle steps and make no sudden movements to reduce your impact on the animal as you approach, and the hand should mimic the body, with slow, deliberate movements on the barrel of the lens.