Last week was National Pollinator Week. Who knew?
The UIUC entomology department held a number of events, including an insect photography workshop. I thought it would be fun to try something a little different so I walked over to the Pollinatarium yesterday for the workshop. The workshop leader is a UIUC post-doc in entomology who studies ants (my sister-in-law Kim is an entomologist who studies fire ants in Texas). He also photographs insects for text books.
Among his tips were:
- Know your subject
- Use your camera’s manual settings
- Simplify the background
- Place the subject away from the center of the frame
- Light is important
- There is no single correct way to take photographs
We tried to keep these points (and more) in mind as we walked around the nearby prairie & forest to practice. It was a lot of fun. Here are a few of my favorites.
You can see more of my insect photos from the workshop here.