Some of the most fascinating photographs that show a tremendous amount of detail are of insects. A good, clear and crisp photo of something like a fly or spider can often amaze viewers as you can literally see every hair on the insect’s body as well as other details you’d never be able to see with the naked eye.
You also have a lot of choice when it comes to subject matter as about three-quarters of living creatures on the earth are insects.
You can get some great shots with close-up filters and macro lenses, but you can also get some excellent ones with a regular point-and-shoot or DSLR camera.
The most important thing is to make sure the image is as sharp as possible.
You may want to use the auto focus mode when taking the shots as even the slightest movement of your hand can affect the image’s sharpness and depth of field.
Once the insect’s in focus take the photo as quick as you can just in case it moves. You should try and set your shutter speed to at least 1/125th of a second or even faster. If the lighting is too dark for the shutter speed and the auto focus fails, you can try the manual focus. As a last resort you can use your camera’s flash.
When you’ve focused on the insect you may want to blur the background to keep the viewer’s attention on the subject. Remember, a greater distance between the insect and the background will result in more of a blurred background.
You may want to shoot the insect from a slight angle from the front. This enables you to see the head and the body while keeping a good balance in the image. However, you might want to experiment withdifferent angles depending on what type of insect it is and the shape of it.