COM­MON MINIBEAST MIS­TAKES

New Zealand D-Photo - - HOW TO | SHOOTING INSECTS -

1. DON’T NE­GLECT LIGHT­ING

The great­est cam­era in the world won’t make up for in­ap­pro­pri­ate light. A touch of flash added to nat­u­ral light will help cap­ture all of a minibeast’s del­i­cate de­tails.

2. KEEP IT SOFT

Don’t overdo it on the light­ing, though. If you use hard, un­dif­fused light, you’ll be in­tro­duc­ing harsh shad­ows that will swal­low much of the tiny crit­ter’s de­tails.

3. THE EYES HAVE IT

As weird as a bug might seem, if you can get its eyes in fo­cus, a viewer will have a much eas­ier time con­nect­ing with the image. If the face isn’t sharp, noth­ing else in the image is go­ing to feel quite right.

4. EM­BRACE POST-PRO­CESS­ING

Some­times post-pro­cess­ing is seen as a bit of a cheat when it comes to ‘true’ pho­tog­ra­phy, but don’t ig­nore your dark­room roots. Con­trast, ad­just­ments, dodg­ing, and burn­ing will all help you get from raw image to the best pos­si­ble print.

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