How to Take Eye-Popping Pictures of Tiny Bugs

Alex Wild is an entomologist. He's also an amazing photographer who's become famous for his highly detailed, almost too vivid, sometimes alien-looking photography of bugs. And recently, he revealed how he does it.

Wild took the above photo of a mosquito rising out of water with not much more than a DSLR, a couple strobes, some colored paper, and a dish of water.

How to Take Eye-Popping Pictures of Tiny Bugs

The former beekeeping professor detailed the process on a Scientific American's photography blog. It's almost startling to learn how simple it actually is. Like a lot of other types of photography, this macro approach requires care and patience. And the pictures are just stunning.

How to Take Eye-Popping Pictures of Tiny Bugs

Using the same basic set up, it's easy to imagine how you could photograph all kinds of bugs this way—if you're into photographing bugs, that is. If you're not into photographing bugs, well, you should be, for one. You can also take some mean pictures of handheld items you're trying to sell on Ebay. Bugs really are the way to go, though. Especially if they're the most dangerous in the world. Like this guy… [Scientific American]

How to Take Eye-Popping Pictures of Tiny Bugs