Photo of the Day

A grasshopper resting on a bird of paradise flower
September 21, 2011

Grasshopper, Honduras

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos With Tips From Photographer Catherine Karnow

Focus is key in successful macro photography, in which a shallow depth of field is inherent. In this photo, taken at f/2.8, the bird of paradise flower is soft, while the grasshopper is sharp. This puts the viewer in the insect’s tiny world. The lines of its body follow the lines of the flower, while the detail of his carapace and the spikes on one leg are razor sharp. Consider carefully what you want to be in focus. When photographing insects, for instance, it’s essential for the eyes to be sharp.

Photo Tip: When shooting in macro, choose carefully which elements to have sharp. For example, in a photograph of an insect choose the most beautiful elements, and always keep the eyes sharp.

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Photograph by Lisa Armstrong, My Shot
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