Originally Posted by Frank Whiton
How about you or Tob1 writing an article on how to photograph flies? We would all appreciate it.
Here is my setup for photo
I use an old Nikon coolpix model 995 for my macros. The camera have only 3 MPix but that is plenty enough for web publishing. The old Coolpix cameras from Nikon have special god optics for macro photo, so if you se one used for a god price , I recommend you to buy it. Models to look for is Coolpix 990 -995 -4500. (I have all models
So for the setup with a compact camera - my advice is that you never use the flash on the camera. Use a tripod or place the camera on something steady. If the light is to hard - you can soften it with a white difusor or move the lamps a bit longer from the fly. You can reflect the light with a white paper or som aluminium foil ( if you want som more light from under the fly). It is not recommended to use white or black background - two reasons for that 1. the camera have problem to focus (autofocus) 2. the colors on the fly will be washed out. Recommended backgrounds is blue or green. Use a plain color background.
Then it is to shoot away and take a lot of pictures. You will master it very quick.
Here is my setup for today. The background I use is a plain color waxpaper.
Here is a Lafountaine Micro diving caddis in size 18 that was on the vice today.