Photograph Flying Insects Like a Professional

Before I start the article, I must acknowledge, if you have found this guide after hundreds of tiring and unsuccessful attempts to capture bees (well not in the literal sense, because that would be easier to most than photographing them) then you are luck to find it. But if you are reading this before you are out on your conquest, you are luckier!

Okay lets not put salt on the the wounds, and lets get started!

Diagnose The Problem –

The most important thing you must have noticed about the bee or butterfly flying away is that it is not frustrating that it flies away, but it it tremendously annoying that it comes to ‘bug’ you around in the same space again and again. Seems like a big problem isn’t it? Not really! it is infact your friend to find solace in. Read on the next tip and you will know.

The Problem Is Actually the Solution!

I Sympathize with you for the insect flying away again and again but have you noticed that it comes back, after dodging your gaze, to the same spot it was earlier in. All insects have some natural tendency to get naturally attracted to some peculiar feature of the flower. Some like the colour, some like the texture, and some are plain charmed by the pheromones. But the fact is, every bug has a favourite flower (speak about having a good taste, I suppose humans are not the only ones!). The insect always comes to the same flower after some roaming around.

Take Out Your Weapons!

You may have long realized that it is not easy infact it it impossible to tame the insect without the help of proper equipments. What you need is a tripod. Fix the tripod such that you are able to focus your camera on the flower.

The Trick

(you will end up feeling how stupid you looked trying to chase the bug with hand movements)

Focus on the flower and not the insect. The insect is bound to come and pay a visit to it favourite flower in some time. Just wait and have an eye on it. Prepare your camera with the following settings,

Shutter speed 1/200 to 1/320

Aperture f/4. 5 to f/5. 6

focal length 100mm

ISO 100

Exposure time 0. 005sec

Your job is 90% done! As the insect comes just click swiftly. Be patient, dont scare away the bug with your movements, and always remember just because you are the proud owner of an expensive DSLR camera doesn’t mean the bug is going to give you what you want, so easily! Some times you need to take what is yours!