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Explore The Alien World Of Insect Macro Photography | Thomas Shahan

By Anthony Thurston on November 23rd 2014

We have all seen those images that look like they were taken some alien planet, but in reality, are macro images of that creepy spider perched above your doorway. These little creatures that scare the crap out of you when you think you feel them crawling on the back of your neck, are actually quite beautiful when you take a closer look.


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Thomas Shahan specializes in capturing stunning macro images of insects, and today, we have a new video he has released talking about his workflow and what he uses to capture these images. If you have ever had any interest in shooting this niche of photography, this is a video that you will want to take the time to watch.

What inspires me, and will likely a lot of you as well, is the fact that he isn’t sitting there holding a top of the line DSLR and some insanely expensive lens. In fact, it is quite the opposite. He has an outdated DSLR, vintage manual focus lenses, and a homemade flash diffuser. He really drives home the point that you don’t need expensive gear to create stunning imagery; a message that many of us need to be reminded of constantly (myself included).

What did you take away from this very informative video? Was there any tip or bit of information that really spoke to you? I am really curious to know what stood out to you guys, so leave a comment below!

[via PetaPixel via Thomas Shahan]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Clare Havill

    Fab ideas, will put use these next time I do some macro work.

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  2. Megan Williams

    This guy’s technique and photos are amazing.

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  3. Barry Cunningham

    Great video with a lot of useful information.
    Loved his simple flash modifier!

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  4. Dmitry Fedorov

    Lovely macro! Good stuff

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  5. Fernando Lachica

    Macro photos are excellent at school and other photo events. Awesome tips here and I’m learning through this site.

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  6. Brandon Dewey

    I love Thomas’ work. I have been following him for years and he takes beautiful macro pictures with very minimal gear.

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