Spiders in close-up
Inspired by AngelSharum's great spider photos, I thought I'd follow her lead and post a couple myself. Spiders tend to be pretty good subjects as they can sit still for ages while you fiddle with camera settings, etc. Try getting a fly to be as cooperative. This one is a harmless British house spider so getting close enough for a close-up (macro) shot was no problem.
Depth of Field
The shot above is a good illustration of limited 'depth of field'. Whenever you focus on any subject, a certain distance in front of your subject and also behind your subject will also be in focus. This range that will be in focus is called the 'depth of field. The further away the subject, the greater the depth of field. In close-up 'macro' photography, the depth of field is very small. It's impossible to get all of a long-legged spider in focus at this distance and at this angle with the legs stretched towards you. To maximise the depth of field, you need to narrow your camera's aperture. Choose a value such as f16. This reduces the amount of light passing through, but in this case that was no problem as flash was used (it being an indoor shot).This increases the depth of field, but only to an extent. You just have to accept that you can't get it all in focus at that angle, so focus on the part you want in focus - i.e., the face, in this case.
A Thai Spider
This one below is in Thailand and I've no idea what kind it is or whether it's poisonous or not. All I know is it was blocking the door to the guest house room I was staying at. It's a lot bigger than the one above, which means I didn't have to get so close to get all of it in the shot. The angle also means no depth of field problems as everything is pretty much the same distance from the lens
Here's a closer-close-up of it. It has pretty eyes... for a spider.
If you're still here, I hope you enjoyed this brief look at some spiders in close-up.
Image Credit » chasmac (me)