Tips To Get Close-Up Insect Photos With The Nikon 18-105mm Lens
I mentioned several times now in my blog that it’s impossible to get real macro photos with the Nikon 18-105mm lens, however, in this post I will write down how you can get decent insect close-up shots with this lens, it’s possible but not without limits.
First of all, it’s definitely impossible to take close-up photos of any insects smaller than a bumblebee, common bee or wasp, of course you can take photos of anything smaller but I wouldn’t call it close-up anymore, the fact is you can not really get closer to tiny insects.
But you can get quite close to insects like the mentioned bees or insects that are not much smaller, in this case you can take close-up photos with the 18-105 lens, which means you can show off the insect as the main attraction of the photo. Here is what I learned…
You need to set the lens to 105mm, for two reasons, first it will give us a narrow view focusing on the subject, second it will make the background a little bit blurry (bokeh) if there is enough distance between the subject and the background, but there are limits.
We can’t get too close to the subject with 105mm. If you are too close, focusing won’t be possible anymore, neither manually nor automatically. Try to get close enough until focusing is not possible anymore and then get back until you get the subject in focus.
You can use autofocus, but I suggest to focus manually, because depending on how much flowers there are, the autofocus might have a hard time to work, do it manually and you can control it on your own. That’s all you need to know when you take the photo, but…
To get even closer, you can make use of any graphic software, you can crop the image. You need to experiment, because you can not crop how you like, you want to obtain a photo that is sharp enough. Try to experiment and a little bit of cropping gets you even closer.
For macro photography, the 18-105 kit lens is definitely limiting, but it’s still possible to get surprising close-up shots. Set the lens to 105mm, find the distance where you still can focus the subject, do focus manually, take the photo and crop the image at home.