Spider Photography

Spiders are not the popular at all to photograph because most people do not care for them.  I enjoy the structure, color, and fine details of the insect and they come in all sizes small and large.  Spiders are easier to find if they are in the web, but when just sitting in the brush a little more difficult.  When I find a spider then setting up a camera near it can spook it and take off.  When they are in the web, they tend to sit there. To get a spider in action capturing its prey takes time and sitting there waiting for that to happen.  

Planning My Day

When planning spider photography for the day I have found they are around most anytime during the day.  They usually put their webs in a place where it is hard to reach them.  I prefer to use my crop camera because most siders I find are generally small.  I use either my Canon 180 macro or the Canon 100-400 telephoto depending how far away the spider is.  Because they are tucked away in the brush, I usually use a soft diffused flash.

Post Processing

I do most of my post process in Adobe Lightroom Classic and the rest in Adobe Photoshop.  Since the ISO for insect photography tends to be high, I use some plugins to save time with the noise reduction, however the technology on how these plugins work today is amazing.  Cropping is an important consideration because the bee is the subject and with a large area around her you do not want any distractions that take the focus away from the subject.

 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”   Luke 3:21-22