Focus stacking insects?

6 months 1 week ago #651719 by Ken Brun
I was reading a photographers blog about photographing insects.  He mentioned something about focus stacking.  But I don't understand how this is possible if the bugs move.  So how would this work?  Bugs are always moving.  


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6 months 1 week ago #651723 by Nikon Shooter
Right, if the subject is moving, there is no chance of success.

There are few ways to get an immobile insect: find a dead one,
one that that stay put for longer periods — like spiders but then
you can't always control shooting conditions, or take control of
one — like in a glass container and wait for it.

Another way means to stun it (some even kill one) without affec-
ting its looks.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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6 months 1 week ago #651836 by Soccer Mom
I always thought they had those bugs near frozen?  Shows what I know.  

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6 months 1 week ago #651840 by Nikon Shooter
You're right, by stunning is meant lower body temperature,
ethyl vapours and others!

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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6 months 1 week ago #651858 by Juan Anthony

Nikon Shooter wrote: You're right, by stunning is meant lower body temperature,
ethyl vapours and others!


LOL sounds like they are getting the bugs high.  


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6 months 1 week ago #651859 by Troponin
It’s not uncommon to find insects and bugs that will stay still for you to get several shots off. For instance, I find that assassin bugs, praying mantis, sleeping insects, and jumping spiders to be the most common subjects that this could be possible.  

Lastly, during the coolest part of the morning, some insects haven’t warmed up enough to move around  much. They too can be much easier subjects. Early morning works best.


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6 months 1 week ago #652118 by James F

Troponin wrote: It’s not uncommon to find insects and bugs that will stay still for you to get several shots off. For instance, I find that assassin bugs, praying mantis, sleeping insects, and jumping spiders to be the most common subjects that this could be possible.  

Lastly, during the coolest part of the morning, some insects haven’t warmed up enough to move around  much. They too can be much easier subjects. Early morning works best.



:agree: best time is to head out in the AM hours, plus better ambient lighting too, although you'll be using  a flash.   


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