Here is a simple illustration on how one should approach and get into firing position for a macro shoot of "jumpy" insects that gets agitated with human presence. Most of the times, that i have seen in visits to places like AH...are ppl with great setups like:
- monopods with ball hea ds
- flash setups
- cameras with lens...etc.
However, most of them from my observation may not be well prepared for the shot even with those equipment. Alot of time the insects like butterfly drivin away by the photographer trying to adjust their equipment trying to get in frame.
Here is an illustration of a good stance i observed form a fellow photographer on how he gets close to the subject in a mcro shoot cycle. He used a monopod, for quick setup and easy close in. However, one factor which made him stand out is thet he set monopod to a height of where he felt would be the point of view.
Here's his flow:
- See the insect.
- Decide composition and direction
- Set the camera to the neccessary modes - e.g Aperture priority ...or other
twidly twidly adjustments that may have a lot of movement.
- Set the monopod to the estimated height based on insect position.
- Tighten the monopod ball head(if any) to allow minor slight angular adjustment at close in position.
- All ready.
- Move in for the shot.
- Here is how he looked like.....goin in....moving back for further adjustments(if he needs too) such steath that did not scare the insect away...
- He also gets to rest his whole body on the floor and the setup on the monopod.
- With Camera in Manual mode....he move-in and out to do fine focusing...
- And slowly retreat back and allow other fellow photographer to take the shot....
Hope this little tip would make your macro outing a better one..