Bugs in the night

Thomas asked how I photograph bugs in the dark. This photo (sorry, taken on my mobile) shows the setup I’m experimenting with. The lamp is a cheap LED headlamp from e-bay, powered by (rechargeable) AA batteries, and pointing roughly where the DCR-150 focuses, about 200mm from the lens. It’s on an improvised bracket attached to the hot shoe, and illuminates the subject without the heat that a torch bulb would generate – and seems to improve the autofocus lock compared with just the a-f assist light. The camera senses the fill and reduces the flash output a bit so I don’t seem to get burnt-out highlights, but I still need a bit of practice to get it right – at the moment I usually have to tweak the exposure afterwards in Paintshop. The advantage is that you don’t need to hold the camera in one hand and a torch in the other!

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2 Responses to “Bugs in the night”

  1. Steffie Says:

    Fascinating! I was wondering the same thing as Thomas was. This looks like a very workable and affordable solution. Your nightshots look fine to me.

  2. This is absolutely fantastic. It is an innovative, low cost practical solution. I always have this problem of holding the torch in complete darkness and this led idea is very creative. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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