The Best Aperture for Insect Photography

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Different types of photography require different aperture selections depending on exactly what it is that you're trying to photograph. Find out about the best aperture for insect photography with help from an experienced director of photography in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media. Today, I'd like to talk about the best aperture to use while photographing insects. Now, a few things you're going to want to keep in mind are going to be what you're looking to achieve with your shot, the limits of your lenses as well as the mannerism of the insect. If you get too close to some insects, they may fly off and then you've lost your shot. Now, first what I can suggest is using a macro lens. A macro lens is going to allow you to get very close to the insect while still keeping sharp focus. Generally speaking, the close that you're going to be able to get to the insect, the more detail that you're going to get from it. Now, when choosing your aperture, something that you're going to want to keep in mind is what you're looking to achieve from the photo itself. Say, an insect has some big eyes and all you want to focus on is the eyes. For this, you open up the apertures a, as wide as it will go and this will give you a shallow depth of field. So, the eyes will be in focus, but the rest of the insect's body will start to fall out of focus. Now, say you, you come across a worm of some sort that has a long body and is, and is really unique and you want to capture that entire body. For this, you're going to close down the aperture as much as you possibly can and that will widen your depth of field so the entire insect can be in focused. Now, these are just a couple of tips on the best aperture to use for photographing insects. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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