Insect Macro Photography at www.MacroPhotoBug.com
These photos are a small sample from my new blog website dedicated to super insect macro photography MacroPhotoBug.com. It’s not just a photo gallery of insect macro photos, but a blog all about the techniques used for achieving super macro magnification and how to photograph bugs, insects, and spiders. Super macro photography refers to high magnifications beyond 1:1. A standard macro lens alone cannot achieve such magnification. For super macro photography I use equipment such as reverse mounted lenses and macro adapter lenses. I also use equipment from the Micro 4/3 system, which enjoys a 2:1 magnification factor. For more info about that, visit MacroPhotoBug.
To produce the extreme clarity and sharp depth of field that you see in these photos, I also use focus stacking. Focus stacking is a staple for insect macro photography whereby a high number of perfectly aligned photos are taken of a completely still insect where the focus is adjusted a minute increment forward for each exposure. Typically I take 30-100 photos of each subject. All of the photos are then imported into focus stacking software; the software scans and detects the in-focus plane in each photo to create a composite image where the entire insect is in sharp focus. Of course, this usually entails many failed attempts where the insect moved during the sequences before capturing a successful focus stack. You may wonder if shooting the subject at a small aperture like f/16 or f/22 is much easier, while yielding the same depth of field. Yes, but the problem is that all lenses suffer from diffraction at small apertures, which shows itself as lower, fuzzy resolution. However, focus stacks must often be shot in controlled environments like a small insect studio, therefore in the field I do often resort to a single photo using a small aperture and flash.