Tips for photographing insects – Stereo

Tips for photographing insects – Stereo – Brief Article

The following paragraphs contain tips from the late Valeria Sardy for close-up photos of insects with a single camera on a slide bar. Valeria was successful with her creative approach to photography, achieving a Master 8 level in star ratings. A Master 8 is the third highest in the world.

“Photographing insects is not the easiest hobby, but it is certainly enjoyable. Mantises are the best to work with because they do not run away. All it takes is a little patience from the photographer.

“Spiders generally hide from view, but a little sprinkle of water onto their webs usually brings the spiders out and gets them ready for stereo shots.

“The dragonfly can be caught with a butterfly net. Then put some water into it and place it in a pre-arrangement from its natural habitat. At first the dragonfly will vigorously shake its wings, but then suddenly it will stretch out and stop moving. This is the best time to take the pictures.

“Beetles are fast runners, but sometimes you can find them early in the morning during a walk in the park or forest relaxing in the sun. It is not difficult to approach them for photos at this time.

“To take stereo pictures of a living butterfly the best approach is to first find a caterpillar and raise it yourself. Nature books explain where to find the various types. Once found, place the caterpillar in an aquarium or empty box and feed it every day until it forms into a chrysalis. When the butterfly first hatches out of this cocoon it is very weak and vulnerable so it does not move. This is the perfect time to photograph it.”

Mary Ann Rhoda, FPSA, Editor

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