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Camera  Photographing Insects

Photo  Copyright 2006 G. Bradley

One of the biggest problems of shooting close ups of insects is the limited depth of field. As the magnification goes up so the depth of field decreases. If light is limited then the area in focus is usually just a few millimetre at best and using a smaller aperture won't help. With insects, especially ones with long bodies, like grasshoppers and dragonflies this can be a problem. You can see in the photo above how the grasshoppers head and front legs are in focus, but the rest of its body is blurred.

Photo  Copyright 2006 G. Bradley

The easiest way to overcome this is to photograph the insect side on. As you can see in this second photo, with the insect parallel to the front of your camera you can get most of the body in focus too.

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