Entering this year’s Bug House photography competition? Don’t miss these top tips…

11 November 2013 by Felicity


Ready for a close-up!

Wondering how to capture that perfect shot for the Bug House photography competition? Bug House demonstrator Laura Carter shares her top tips here…

“Our Bug House photography competition is all about discovering the amazing six, eight and many legged creatures all around you and having a little fun along the way. You don’t need to go to the ends of the earth or have an expensive camera to take amazing photos.

“For example, my Vapourer Moth caterpillar photo was taken in my very own front garden one summer with a 7MP point and shoot digital camera. Some smart phones now have 8MP or more, which shows how old my camera is!

A Vapourer Moth, captured on camera by Laura

A Vapourer Caterpillar, captured on camera by Laura

“Of course, the hungry caterpillar is busy looking for food to munch so he can turn into a moth and doesn’t want to sit still and pose for photos, so I had to keep clicking and clicking to get a picture that was in focus.

“I love that when we take the chance to look at these animals close up, we notice all the beautiful details and patterns”

“It’s the same with this Garden Spider (below). She was in her web on a privet hedge at the bottom of my street assassinating wasps, and jiggling the web. I had to wait until she’d finished with her prey and went to sit on a twig.

garden spider

Laura’s shot of a garden spider (back view)

“This leaf beetle (below) visited my bedroom one afternoon through an open window. The suspicious studio-like background is actually just my windowsill, but the natural light through the window really shows all the iridescent colours on the beetle’s shell.

chrysolina herbacea

Laura spotted this Chrysolina Herbacea (wings closed) on her window sill!

“So just take a look around and see who you can find! Experiment with settings on your camera, the flash on, off and see what you think looks best. With any wildlife shots you can always get the best photos if you’re at the same level as the animal, rather than looking at them from above. Try different angles.

“For the best chance of finding creepy crawlies, rummage through shed, lift rotting wood, or old paving stones. Kick through piles of autumn leaves. There are still plenty to be found even coming in to winter.

“Happy hunting!”

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