Too many...insects, and more generally about Macro photography
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 :)
Photo credits: Serban Enache, Amihays, David Lloyd, Britishbeef, Winthrop Brookhouse, Kutt Niinepuu, Digimist523, Anthony Hathaway, Koh Sze Kiat, Heintje Joseph Lee, Irochka, Jack Schiffer, Laurie Barr, Anette Linnea Rasmussen, Maceofoto, Mikko Pitkänen / Alias Studiot Oy, Eric Limon, Npage, Richard J Thompson, Marek Kosmal, Ryszard Laskowski, Saniphoto, Steffen Foerster, Alex Bramwell, Tihis, Colin Stitt, Jinyoung Lee, Paulus Rusyanto, Yuri_arcurs.
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