Tip of the Week: Beauty in Your Backyard


The most exotic world exists very close to one’s home—right in your own backyard. When you watch closely you will find so many things taking place simultaneously—a spider making a web, an ant carrying an insect, a fly on a leaf. It is important to decide what you will shoot first. The spider sounds like a good idea, but when you look through the viewfinder, what do you see? It is very difficult to follow a moving subject with a macro lens, so you will have to find a slower subject. Maybe the fly on the leaf or the dewdrop on a small flower is a good idea to start with. If you wish to use available light or direct sunlight, it might be too harsh or strong. Instead, use a flash with a reflector, which will give you softer light with good depth.

Photograph/Rajshekhar Rao