We began the OUTSTANDING BugShot 2011 with each of the three instructors sharing their top 5 tips for outstanding macrophotography. Below I summarize one tip from each instructor that was made particularly relevant to me based on how I currently photograph.
John Abbott taught me and consistently showed me, that I need to use my tripod, tripod, tripod. Beginning this week I will do that, do that, do that. I’ve already seen a difference in some of my shots.
Thomas Shahan made clear the power of elevating the specimen I am photographing to give it a greater sense of importance and power. That’s what it’s all about. Or kinda’ all about.
Alex Wild helped me realize the importance of light manipulation and the fact that I can be much more flexible and creative than I currently am using my present equipment. I now have about two years of lighting things that I need to try and am really looking forward to experimenting.
If you didn’t go to the workshop this year and have even a little bit of interest in arthropod macrophotography you REALLY should go next year.
Equipment that can make my world a better place…
(Please note this is not all inclusive, but is a great starting point for anyone who already has some macrophotography experience.)
Plamp (got one already, attaches to my tripod, tripod, tripod)
White box (though my XotoPro kinda white boxes on its own… https://thingsbiological.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/encouraging-an-understanding-and-appreciation-of-spiders/)
2 gallon all glass aquarium
Glass partition to move specimens to the front of the aquarium for photography
Adobe LightRoom ($43 education pricing for me and a bunch of others!)
Books to Browse
Secret Worlds: The Miracle of Flight, note that there are five hardcover copies available for less than $1 from Amazon associates.
Matt Kowalski’s Light Room book (can’t find it so far, but if someone else can and wants to share a URL, it’ll be right here pretty quickly!)
Thanks so much to all of the BugShot 2011 instructors, participants and support folk. It was a great experience, I learned a huge amount, and met a bunch of people with whom I hope to stay connected well into the future!