MacroPhotoBug is a collection of photos and how-to blogs by Bryan Maltais about insect macro photography, including all arthropods. You’ll also find info here about herping; photographing reptiles and amphibians in the field. Super insect macro photography is a technical art that achieves greater than 1:1 Magnification. Some of the equipment, lenses and techniques for insect macro photography include focus stacking, reverse mounted lenses, extension tubes, lens stacking, and close-up filters. Why? Because Macro Photography exposes a parallel universe that we otherwise never see.

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How to Achieve Super Magnification for Insect Macro Photography

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Field Insect Super Macro Photography Methods There are many ways to achieve super macro magnification for insect field work, but many have prohibitive disadvantages. Some are costly such as Canon’s remarkable MP-E 65mm lens. Others require highly specialized gear like enlarger lenses. And some configurations are suited for studio photography…

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Olympus OM‑D E‑M5 II Review for Macro Photography

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I’ve recently switched from a full-frame DSLR to the $900 Olympus OM-D E‑M5 Mark II for field macro photography. The E-M5 II with the Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm macro lens is currently the best system for field macro photography, IMO, because no other camera can do what it does out of…

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Reverse Mounted Nikon 18-55mm lens for Macro Photography

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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Zoom Lens (non Vibration Reduction) As a ubiquitous kit lens bundled with many of Nikon’s DX cameras, you might already own one and not realize the powerful macro tool that you have. I had one lying around from years ago that I’d…

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Two Inexpensive Macro Focus Rails Compared

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Why do you need focus rails for ultra macro photography and not just a regular tripod head? To perform focus stacking; a series of perfectly aligned shots, each with a slightly different focus point. Stacking software then blends the in-focus areas from each photo into a composite image that should…

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The Vinegaroon: A Salad with Frankenstein

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The Giant Whip Scorpion is an Arachnid, but is only distantly related to true Scorpions. It has neither a venomous sting or bite. It has 4 sets of legs, but the front legs have developed into extremely long, rotating antennae. The Vinageroon hunts arthropods including Crickets, Cockroaches and smaller Scorpions….

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