Another spider shot. A lot of you may be thinking that I’m a great fan of spiders due to the amount of pictures of them I have uploaded recently. But no I’m not a fan of spiders, its just that I love seeing the detail of them up close. Nothing like what we see when see them from a distance. As you can see the spider has something between its pedipalps. Not sure what but I’m guessing its a fly. RIP whatever you are.
This is a photo of a spider taken in a beautiful forest in the UK.
How did you get a black background?
Having a black background adds a dramatic effect to the photo and also focuses your eyes on the main subject. To get this effect you have to eliminate the flash from hitting the background. So In simplicity, the object must be far away from its background. You cannot have say; a spider on the floor, as then the flash would hit the floor, which would then illuminate the photo. For my photo however, the spider was in a web hanging from the tree. There were plenty of feet between the web and the tree in the distance, so that the flash would not hit the tree and ruin the shot. There’s also one more thing. The in-camera settings.
First you want to set your camera to the maximum sync speed (speed which your shutter and flash can work together. 1/200 for me). Next set your iso at 100. The last thing is to set your aperture. Start with a low aperture of say 5.6, take a picture (no flash) and see if the photo is black. If not, close down the aperture more. Say to 8.0. Keep stopping down the aperture until you manage to get a fully black photo. Once you’ve got that sorted, you can turn on your flash and your good to go.
I dont think this spider was expecting the paparazzi to be taking pictures of him. This little fella was found by my little sister aged 8 who started screaming at the site of the spider and ordered me to “Kill him”. I thought thats pretty cruel as the spider was in its own environment and was doing no harm. I ran inside and grabbed my camera and then disembarked on a quest to find the now scared spider who had decided he didn’t want to stick around any longer. In the end I found him and got some great shots before returning him back to his web safely and not as my sister ordered: “kill him”
This is a Macro of a walnut orb-weaver spider taken with a Fujifilm Finepix S4300. This was a very hard shot to get and was later revamped with Photoshop to adjust the brightness and contrast due to working with low light.