Wow. I am so pleased and thrilled with how the Summer of Bugs series grew over the Summer. Truth be told, I am not a bug person. At all. Whatever I was using, whether it was my iPhone or camera, I used as a shield. A buffer between myself and my subject that kept me safe. That all seemed to melt away over the course of Summer, and I went from skittish to calm as getting the shots became an exercise in posing and working with the subject. There was a bit of a lapse when I added the extension tubes and started shooting with the DSLR. The level of detail took a HUGE step forward; I had the willies for a week!
- I did not understand the appeal of Instagram. The square cropping seemed so limiting to me, so I took what I felt as a limit and instead applied it as rule. Not much difference, I know, but that small semantic shift helped a great deal.
- When shooting with the iPhone with the Olloclip I did manage to stray from using the Instagram filters, but kept using Snapseed. Working right out of the phone was a breeze. In Snapseed, most of the pics have the Drama filter dialled back to 50, with Sharpness and Structure boosted to 20.
- With the iPhone Macro shooting, outdoor, natural light shooting was necessary. Also, locking the autofocus and the autoexposure was a must. With insects usually on the move, I would line up a shot, lock the AE & AF and then move the iPhone to get the shot into the focal point. Click here for a quick how-to.
- With the DSLR, flash in any setting was a must. Boosting ISO for natural light just didn't cut it for me.
- I tried using a set of extension tubes, but I went the cheap route and they fell apart on me. The super shallow depth of field made for great detail studies, but really hard to get the whole subject in focus when I wanted to fill the frame.
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