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Macro help - shooting insects
Can someone help us out with this - when either my wife or I take some macro shots of insects, some of the insects have a real shiny glare on them. We have been shooting in very sunny conditions ( with sun to our back and letting the sun light shine on the insect) What is the best light conditions for shooting insects?.

She just got the 500D filter and the MR 14EX ring light ( maybe one or both of these items will help). Also have the 3 extension tubes ( which we only tried really quick) Also she has the Canon 100mm on the XSi. Most of the pictures on Flickr where with the 300D ( we just have not tried the XSi out to much with the 100mm yet. http://www.flickr.com/photos/20832301@N03/ Some pictures are under first pictures with Canon 100mm..

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Vmax4 wrote:.

Can someone help us out with this - when either my wife or I takesome macro shots of insects, some of the insects have a real shinyglare on them. We have been shooting in very sunny conditions ( withsun to our back and letting the sun light shine on the insect) Whatis the best light conditions for shooting insects?.

Good lighting is NOT full sun. It doesn't matter what the subject is. Cloudy skys are the photographer's friend..

She just got the 500D filter and the MR 14EX ring light ( maybe oneor both of these items will help). Also have the 3 extension tubes (which we only tried really quick) Also she has the Canon 100mm on theXSi. Most of the pictures on Flickr where with the 300D ( we justhave not tried the XSi out to much with the 100mm yet.http://www.flickr.com/photos//BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

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Chuxter wrote:.

Vmax4 wrote:.

Can someone help us out with this - when either my wife or I takesome macro shots of insects, some of the insects have a real shinyglare on them. We have been shooting in very sunny conditions ( withsun to our back and letting the sun light shine on the insect) Whatis the best light conditions for shooting insects?.

Good lighting is NOT full sun. It doesn't matter what the subject is.Cloudy skys are the photographer's friend..

She just got the 500D filter and the MR 14EX ring light ( maybe oneor both of these items will help). Also have the 3 extension tubes (which we only tried really quick) Also she has the Canon 100mm on theXSi. Most of the pictures on Flickr where with the 300D ( we justhave not tried the XSi out to much with the 100mm yet.http://www.flickr.com/photos//BridgeBlog/'Experience: Discovering that a claw hammer will bend nails.Epiphany: Discovering that a claw hammer is two tools...'..

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The traditional solution to shooting very shiny objects is a light tent. The cloudy sky mentioned by a previous poster is essentially a very large light tent. If you can't bring the specimen into the studio, as in you are shooting living specimens in habitat, and you have to shoot at a time when available light is direct sun, you can improvise a light tent, anything from enclosing the subject in a small portable light tent (they exist, and are often used for wildflower photography) to placing a disk of white fabric between the sun and the specimen. (Be sure it is really optically white, or you will be substituting problems with white balance for problems with illumination..

Will PrattBarrick Museum, UNLV..

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Post this question in the lens forum, I know it might seem a strange place to post it, but there Macro guys who hang out primarily in that forum. There is a macro thread that occures there, I'm not sure, every week or every two weeks. The OP who starts the threads has a list of links in his signature. But if you ask for help, make sure you have Macro in the title, they will see it.Rationally I have no hope, irrationally I believe in miracles.Joni Mitchell..

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I also carry reflectors and use off camera flash when doing macro. I do mostly flowers which isn't 1:1, but the idea is the same. Refectors don't have to be expensive. For example, I have a couple of large aluminum round trays the deli used to cater. I hooked pinchers on them and clip them where I need, often to shade the sun and often to redirect it. I also use a couple of off-camera strobes sometimes as fill and to blacken the background when I wish.



A roll of aluminum foil and gaffers tape also is useful. You'd be amazed at some of these simple tools can provide. As you move these simple flags and reflectors, you can see your photo evolve. Bugs can be a little tougher because they move...

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Guidenet wrote:.

I also carry reflectors and use off camera flash when doing macro. Ido mostly flowers which isn't 1:1, but the idea is the same.Refectors don't have to be expensive. For example, I have a couple oflarge aluminum round trays the deli used to cater. I hooked pincherson them and clip them where I need, often to shade the sun and oftento redirect it. I also use a couple of off-camera strobes sometimesas fill and to blacken the background when I wish. A small foldablelight stand can come in handy..

A roll of aluminum foil and gaffers tape also is useful. You'd beamazed at some of these simple tools can provide. As you move thesesimple flags and reflectors, you can see your photo evolve. Bugs canbe a little tougher because they move..

I have a little dental mirror about 12 inches long which is spring loaded to angle the 1/2" x 1" mirror to add fill light to stationary macro subjects doesn't work flying insects! But if you get out early some of the flyers move a little slower until they've been to the bug version of Starbucks!..

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Portlandscanner wrote:.

Guidenet wrote:.

I also carry reflectors and use off camera flash when doing macro. Ido mostly flowers which isn't 1:1, but the idea is the same.Refectors don't have to be expensive. For example, I have a couple oflarge aluminum round trays the deli used to cater. I hooked pincherson them and clip them where I need, often to shade the sun and oftento redirect it. I also use a couple of off-camera strobes sometimesas fill and to blacken the background when I wish. A small foldablelight stand can come in handy..

A roll of aluminum foil and gaffers tape also is useful. You'd beamazed at some of these simple tools can provide. As you move thesesimple flags and reflectors, you can see your photo evolve. Bugs canbe a little tougher because they move..

I have a little dental mirror about 12 inches long which is springloaded to angle the 1/2" x 1" mirror to add fill light to stationarymacro subjects doesn't work flying insects! But if you get outearly some of the flyers move a little slower until they've beento the bug version of Starbucks!.

Great idea. I might try that...

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