How to Photograph Insects: Bees, Butterflies, Wasps, and Flies Photography Tutorial

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  1. 3:06 :D .. yeaa..this is Exaclt i doing when i shoot animals or insects :D ..i pickup my place , my background ,my scenarion ,,and i waith for them to come in frame ..and here are my results : flickr.com/photos/90671057@N02/10110584966/

    hope u dont mind Tony.. but if u do its ok to remove link

  2. Ok thanks!

  3. We do ship to Germany using the WorldWide link in the description, but it’s currently English-only.

  4. Is there a german version of your book?

  5. It’s a great lens, though you’re going to have a tough time photographing insects with it. A macro telephoto would be a better choice for that specific task. Check Chapter 12 of Stunning Digital Photography for more info.

  6. is the 18-55mm VR lens bad?

  7. Hi is there any way you could make a toutorial of I think they call it a colour splash were the subject is in colour but the background is b&w if you can that would be great thanks.

  8. Thanks for replying, Tony. The way you and Chelsea are always getting back to people says a lot about you two – and how genuine you’re regarding your readers/followers. It will be interesting to see what the 7D Mark II will be like. Something to look forward to!

  9. Thank for getting the book, D!

    I love my 7D. It’s my go-to camera body for all of my long-distance wildlife photography, and usually my outdoor sports photography. Yeah, it’s noisy unless I’m in full sunlight, but the detail can’t be beat.

  10. Hi Tony. Love all your videos and just bought your book – can’t wait for it to arrive!! :) …. I know everyone says, including you, that the 6D, and 5D Mark II and III have much better image quality than the 7D. Ok, so the 7D might be the underdog here, but I have taken some pretty cool nature shots with it – and a few shots of landscapes – although, I do realize that a full-frame camera is better for the latter. But I still love my 7D. Am I the only one? Unfortunately, looks like it!!

  11. Thanks for your answers, Tony! (Just posted a comment to your incredible orchard spider shot on FB. Then onto buying your ebook…and sending you more questions…. :) )

  12. That’s the real working distance. You’re right that the crop body will bring you closer–I was using a full-frame body, so you’d have some more working distance with a 105mm than I would with a 150.

  13. It’s actually surprising how close you’re getting to the objects in your video – was it the actual distance you’d be shooting at with your 150mm or you got closer just for a nicer composition in the video?. (I should’ve mentioned that I use a DX body (D5100) and so, presumably, a 105mm macro should do the trick for me.)

  14. It depends on the species, the conditions, and your patience. For moving insects like bees I usually use my 150mm. For still insects, I use my 65mm macro.

    If I tried to use my 65mm macro with bees, I wouldn’t get many shots–I’d simply have to move too close, and I’d spook them and they’d move.

    So there’s not really one right answer, but longer focal lengths definitely help.

  15. Tony, what’s your opinion on the minimum focal length required to shoot insects? Some people say that you need at least 100mm in order to stay away far enough and not scare away the bugs and others insist that 60mm is all you need.

  16. Great video!

  17. thank you for the answer and I look forward to watching your next video on
    the comparison of the cameras.
    J Turner.

  18. Yes, the 6D, 5D Mark II, and 5D Mark III all have much better image quality than the 7D. I have a comparison video between those cameras coming out soon (be sure to subscribe to see it)

  19. Is the 5d mark ii better image quality, than the 7d
    has the 5D Mark ii got better image quality than the eos 7D.
    thanks.

  20. I shot for a couple years with a Canon a590 is, basically a kids camera and I got some great shots with it. It was a bit frustrating at times but remember the best camera is the one you have. Limitations help you think of solutions instead of relying on features. Do the best work you can with what you have and when you get the DSLR you will have a great head start. Cheers!

  21. Johan Börjesson

    Thanks. I might have been a bit too “rushy” with my decision but I got the NEX-F3 like 3 weeks ago and I already regret the purchase a little bit. Budget was the biggest factor I bought the NEX-F3 but my wish was to get a DSLR like the D7000 or 550D. Sure I will be fine with this camera for a few months but an upgrade is already what I am looking for!

  22. That should do fine for landscapes, but for wildlife photography you’ll definitely benefit from having a DSLR.

    It sounds like you’re already pretty serious, and while many serious photographers use mirrorless cameras, I think the DSLR systems have SO much more flexibility and even lower overall cost for most photographers, so I’d start looking to upgrade to a DSLR.

  23. Johan Börjesson

    Hi Tony. How far do you think I can go as a photographer with the Sony NEX-F3 with 18-55/3.5-5.6 kit lens? I like to shoot anything really, I think I have a pretty good eye so I shoot whatever comes to mind. Mostly landscape and nature tho. Should I consider new lenses with this camera or later on buy a real DSLR?

  24. finally someone who explains thingsin a clear way thanks