Watch Thomas Shahans’s Simple Technique for Photographing Creepy Crawly Things

I have never been that fond of bugs but this video had me mesmerized. Thomas Shahan, obviously loves bugs and when you see the brilliant and stunning macro images he captures, you might be mesmerized as well.

He photographs all sorts of bugs, spiders, and flying insects extremely close using very simple techniques. And he knows those bugs very well as he rattles off the names of each one in this video.

Thomas also is a talented artist and musician.

This video is well done as Thomas narrates (he should do natural history films) and i believe the music soundtrack is his music as well.

If you don’t get ‘bugged out’ watch the video below.

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Photographing Butterflies by Connie Toops

This article is an excerpt, posted with permission, from the new Peterson Field Guides/Backyard Bird Guides ~ Hummingbirds and Butterflies by Bill Thompson III and Connie Toops © 2011

As you attract butterflies to your backyard, you may discover photography assists in their identification or enables you to share their beauty with others. Patience and willingness to experiment can result in stunning butterfly images. To master butterfly photography, you’ll need reliable equipment and you’ll want to perfect techniques that insure great photos.

Simple Equipment

Excellent digital “point-and-shoot” cameras are currently available at very reasonable prices. Standard features now would have been unimaginable to professional photographers only a decade ago.  A versatile digital model in the $250 to $500 price range should fulfill the needs of most casual butterfly photographers. Digital cameras record their images on small memory cards that are ultimately downloaded into computers for editing and printing. If you plan to travel widely as you photograph, you may need an extra memory card or a portable storage device to hold large numbers of images until you can process them.

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A Close-Up Look at Mike Moats’ World of Macro

Mike Moats is an award winning professional Nature Photographer from Michigan who has been shooting professionally for over 10 years. Mike’s specialty is macro or as he calls it, Tiny Landscapes.

He has been widely published in in a variety of magazines including Outdoor Photographer, Natures Best, PC Photo, Nature Photographer, Photolife, Whisper In The Woods, Michigan Game Finder, Pure Michigan Book, and by Fujifilms.

He has also written for Tamron’s blog and in 2006 was asked to join the Fuji Pro Talent Team.

In 2009 he was added as a Macro Master on the Tamron Website.  His first book was released in Oct 2008 and is called Tiny Landscapes. It is a how-to book for macro photography in nature.

Mike is one of the few nature photographers whose business thrives in a niche market of macro photography. We caught up with Mike to ask him all about it.

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