Look Out Below…

Nature photography with flying critters. Needs lots of patience and a fast shutter.
“Look out below…”

Nature photography is one of my favourite genres. My subjects don’t answer back or go camera shy, get offended or get bored and wander off. Some subjects move damned quick though, with insects being the zippiest.

After spending a half hour or so crouching down by the flowers, waiting for bees to land on flower sprigs close to me, I was just about ready to give up. I’d fired off about 150 frames, at worst capturing empty space and at best a few bee bums. You need lots of patience, and a few cushions would help too.

Camera Settings for Nature Photography

It depends what you’re shooting. Still subjects like flowers give more choice as you can have slower shutter speeds. Fast moving subjects like bees or other flying critters will just be blurs without a fast shutter to freeze the action. My camera settings were:

  • Camera: Canon 750D with kit lens 18 – 55mm/manual mode
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Iso 200

Edited in Photoshop, but it’s not a composite.


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