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Old 02-11-2012, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to take pics of flies?

I have seen this discussed here, but can't find it now. My camera makes it too blurry, because it is too close.

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Old 02-11-2012, 10:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How to take pics of flies?

Some hints:

http://www.digital-photography-schoo...l-camera-users

http://www.pbase.com/wlhuber/light_box_light_tent

http://flyartstudio.com/wordpress/?p=261

http://flyartstudio.com/wordpress/?p=187

And on and on...To post basic pics to a website is less complicated than the above, although good to know. You need a camera with a macro setting. Use a tripod. Use the timer setting. Lots of light. Most point and shoots you'll want to use photo editing to crop the fly to fill the pic. Little things like finish you whip knot opposite where you plan on shooting. Clean the dust and debris off of your vice first...unlike yours truly
Herman has posted great stuff in the past on your subject, maybe he'll chime in.
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Default Re: How to take pics of flies?

You may need more than just the regular macro feature on the camera. I have two cameras, both with macro, but one has a "macro zoom" feature that really allows you to zoom in close for good focused large scale photos of flies. The other camera focuses at about 1 inch from the fly, but can't zoom in for a larger scale shot. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey Herman, what type of lens you using on the DSLR and is it set up for macro photography?

Wicked setup, man.
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You know, for those of us without the DSLR setup, if you have an older flatbed scanner like my Epson Perfection 1200U, I have had fairly good success. I just recently purchased a new Small-In-One print copy scan Stylus NX430 and discovered the focal length on scanner cam is significantly shorter than on old scanner. Guess I'll still be firing up old reliable for scanning in flies then.

Plus with using scanner is no clips in the way and no fine focusing. A little limited on dries due to how the bug lies down due to hackle, etc. Does quite respectably with streamers and nymphs and wets.

I usually have a small box or block of wood to keep scanner lid from squishing flies.

Drop bugs on scanner. Do a Preview scan.

Use Marquee tool to select area bug is in.

Set scan resolution for at least 1200 DPI.

Scan and tweak in Photoshop as needed.

I use a reasonable size (800 x 600) and 'Save for Web' option when I put these into my Photobucket account.

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Hey Herman, what type of lens you using on the DSLR and is it set up for macro photography?

Wicked setup, man.
Nancy,
It is just a point and shoot Nikon CoolPix 5000 I got from Ebay for $35 set on macro.

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Any reason you picked that particular camera? Pros, cons? Pics look great.
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Thanks for taking the time to answer my ?. Although I did have to google hasselblad... :P
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Only 44K? I'll take two, please!
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Oh, c'mon man, only 44k for a digital back...

Sounds like there's one little guy smashing his fingertips together to make it: considering the body of a Hasselblad is custom machined from a solid block of metal.

Hate how they try to kill you on 'professional' gear.

I date from the days when we would capture our computer art on film using a large monitor at the end of a darkened room with a film camera and use photographic prints as out color printer was prohibitively expensive and did horrible to nonexistent color matching.

Funny thing is that my current color printer cost me $60 and is surprisingly color accurate for a four color printer. (the one I'm considering is a 10 color with a true red though!)

Ah, technology!
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