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The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher

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Ladybug on mossf/11, 1/125 s, ISO 200, 50mm, flash with softbox

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Shooting Techniques

This ladybug dropped in unannounced while I was working in the studio shooting some plants. I already had my tripod and lights set up, so I placed the bug on a piece of moss and took a series of pictures. After a while it spread its wings and disappeared.

Coincidences like this one are more of an exception than a rule. In most cases, capturing a photo requires careful planning or at least a fair amount of preparations.

Forethought is required not only when selecting your subject, but also when choosing your exposure techniques. Some of the decisions are somewhat ...

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