Tips From an Amateur Photographer
A few modest suggestions on things that have worked for me

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(This section on photography tips is a work in progress and  still requires a bit of further editing plus some additional photo's.)

Frequently visitors to our blog leave comments asking about some of the photographs (particularly those of the dragonflies and damselflies) and the camera or lens  we used.  Often they comment that they have tried to take photographs of small creatures or they would like to.    

In the first months virtually all of the photographs on the blog  were taken with a Kodak  Easyshare DX6340.  It is a basic point-and-shoot camera (about 3-4 years old) with a modest 4X zoom. Beginning in  September the photo's gradually shifted to more from a newer point-and-shoot camera, a Kodak Z712 IS, which has a 12X zoom. This camera provides more manual features, but they are used sparingly.  I am  certainly an amateur when it comes to photography, especially on the technical side. And as you can see the cameras used are not expensive upscale models.   Nevertheless, we have been  quite pleased with some of the captures we are able to share on the blog.

I often reply to the comments and questions with some modest suggestions including some of the tips and tricks I have found helpful to me. I finally realized that perhaps I should collect them in one place where I could modify and expand upon them when required.

Most of the suggestions are related directly to capturing photographs of dragonflies and damselflies, but I think many may be applicable to other flying insects to varying degrees.

I hope maybe some of the other amateur photographers out there will find some of the suggestions and tips helpful and they can enjoy taking their own great photo's of these small creatures.  The tips are really directed to the casual photographers with average cameras.

Just click on one of the tip topics listed at the top of the sidebar. (The other links in the sidebar lead back to the blog or to other sites/pages related to the blog.)

For some tips of the more technical nature from real photographers I can recommend a few short articles you can find below:

Dragonfly Photography 101

(Short with general technical info such as equipment requirements, etc.)

How to Photograph Dragonflies With Flash

(More technically detailed but may be a bit outdated as to equipment. The principles remain though.)

JPG Magazine - Photographing Dragonflies, Damselflies, and Butterflies

(Short magazine article of personal experience with a sprinkling of technical info.)


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(Or you can contact us at: bakerfishandfrog at gmail dot com.)