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12-24-2018, 05:01 AM   #61
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I'm a newbie at photography as you can tell from my efforts. I dabble with macro but in the field if you get my drift and I primarily use an older D FA 100mm F2.8 ( non WR ). As you know that only gets you to 1:1 so I have no answers but rather I urge the OP to continue to ask questions especially by sending a PM to those members who seems to get " it " and ask them how they did it.

Since the OP likes insects, I specifically ask that this thread ( which has photos from Macro and non Macro equipment and various types of " targets " ) be looked at and to please consider joining us:

Pollinators in action - Page 38 -

everyone else is welcomed too.

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Since you're interesting in the artistic (beauty) side of insect macro photography take a look at the links in these posts:

Interesting macro work -
microsculptures for macrophiles -

Note: It looks like Levon Biss is using a microscope objective lens coupled with a prime lens (macro?). This setup gives him the working distance between lens and subject that allows for his lighting setups.
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Sometimes it's light or motion causing the not quite so sharp at close magnification.
I do use autofocus and a ring flash in the field. It's easy enough to switch to manual focus when required - and when possible.
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Since others have done. I'll put up the one I started too. "Show me your Insects"

Most of those insects are macro, some are stacked.


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