macro world" is among the first attempts to enter the amateur photography craft. As soon as people discover the power of magnification the macro-modes the point-and-shoot cameras provide them, they usually are so appalled by the new possibilities and viewpoint of the environment around us, that they more often than not tend to forget all good guidelines of successful photography that they would otherwise abide to. "Newbies" often fall for the sheer ability to capture detail not visible so well to the naked eye. They forget about composition, usable depth of field, adequate lighting and so forth. All those aspects are as important as in other areas of photography, and even more so in macro. Good composition gives the image a sense of context. Usable depth of field is the main problem, since by getting closer to the subject automatically reduces the area that is in focus, even with seriously stopped down apertures. Even the smallest possible aperture might not give the desired depth of field. If this is the case, a relatively new and effective technique has been developed - called Focus Stacking (read more about it in this blog by Loveliestdreams).
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Inadequate lighting is another well-seen problem in the macro images, since the apertures are really small and bugs tend to go on with their lives, not staring at the camera forever. Perfect natural conditions for shooting macro are before AND after noon, when the sun is at an angle, not right from above - drawing shadows beautifully and casting full, warm light on the subject. Oh, did I mention, that tripod is a must!
Ok, enough of the theory, everyone interested can find out more on the web or in specialized literature. On to the context of Dreamstime.
What we have TOO MANY, are "simple" (a.k.a.: boring) shots of butterflies resting on petals, tiny (compared to the frame area) ants swarming the ground, dragonflies on busy backgrounds (hard to isolate), and out of focus bees hovering over blossoms.
As you know from my previous post, learning the full and correct species name (complimentary with its Latin counterpart, if available) is the bare minimum to hope get the image accepted. So do your research. But keep in mind that Dreamstime is not an online encyclopedia for insects and so forth, so it is not paramount to get each and every kind of those tiny buggers online here (over a MILLION species worldwide, read the abstract here). Since it is still a stock agency, the image must also be stock oriented. Try to be creative! I know how abused this expression sounds, but it is still true. Don't forget the fun-factor, if possible.
At the end of this article, I have selected a few outstanding shots that should help you get going.
PS. If shooting objects up close, make sure they are painstakingly CLEANED of dust and all sorts of small debris. Use a magnifying glass if necessary and fine cloth or a firm brush. Compressed air is also useful for hard to reach grooves. There's no bigger a turn-off that to see a beautiful closeup, but with all kinds of "stuff" all over the place :)