Weekly Photography Challenge – Get Buggy With It


Editor’s Note: This is part a series on macro photography this week. Look for a new one each day. The next newsletter will have them all if you miss any!

This week we’re focusing (pun intended) on one specialized area of photography, macro or close up photography. True macro photography means that you are close enough to reproduce the subject 1:1 or actual size on the camera sensor (or film). Usually that requires a special macro lens but there are other ways to do it – check out: 3 Ways to Try Macro Photography on a Budget for some ideas. See more examples of bug images here.

Laurenz Bobke

By Laurenz Bobke

Weekly Photography Challenge – Bugs Close-up

Your challenge this week is to get buggy with it – go find some creepy crawlers, multi-legged creatures, flying nuisances and photograph them. Get as close as you can with the equipment you have, perhaps give reverse lens macro a try if you haven’t got extension tubes or a macro lens.

Here are a few examples:


By mrholle

William Cho

By William Cho

François Reiniche

By François Reiniche


By Special 

Think outside the box – use humor!

Share your images here:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

Geert Orye

By Geert Orye

William Warby

By William Warby

William Warby

By William Warby

Thomas Hawk

By Thomas Hawk

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Darlene Hildebrandt is the Managing Editor of dPS. She is also an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles, online photography classes, and travel tours. Get her free ebook 10 Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures or join a photo tour to some exotic places.

  • Diana O’Bryan White

    Like the reflection of the spider!

  • Diana O’Bryan White

    The spider has a great view!

  • Mike Saccoia

    Yellow jacket up close and personal

  • Nikki Henderson

    i have a lot of tarantulas…

  • Nikki Henderson

    Arachnids are not “bugs”, per se, but its eating one. lol.

  • Lisa Skelley


  • Lisa Skelley


  • Jmidjr

    Thank you, Diana. This little one rode for over 5 miles on my windshield and when I arrived home waited patiently as I ran for my camera. The reflection and color are the result of the windshield.

  • kartik chauhan

    thank you. 🙂

  • kartik chauhan

    thank you

  • Spider attack

  • Dorque

    I used a telephoto to capture this bug from a distance.

  • Dorque

    I watched the miracle of life as this bundle of baby spiders were born. I had to share both.

  • Marudhu

    Pink dragon fly

  • Agrot L.


  • Nora McGarvey

    Monarch on flower

  • RonLane

    Not sure of the type of spider but it sure is colorful.

  • Holinka Levente

    Upside down…

  • Matt E

    I have a horrible time trying to capture anything closer than this with my 100mm IS Canon Macro. This was one of about 100 snaps and the best I got.
    This was around 8am with morning sun on a Bachelor Button.

  • Mary Ann Ortiz

    Outstanding detail!

  • Lisa Hobden

    On the humourous side, my cute little butterfly.

  • francesca

    Milkweed bug

  • francesca

    Strolling through the leaves

  • Lynette Wibbe


  • Lynette Wibbe

    Daddy Long Legs’ enjoying the bonfire. One night while camping with my hub and the kids, a large swarm of daddy long legs camped out by the bonfire. They did this every night we built one. As a matter of fact, my hub was getting ready by building the logs up at dusk, and just as if they were watching us, they gathered.

  • elhacedordeluces

    great lines…

  • elhacedordeluces

    nice effect.. is it ur own preset?

  • Jim Whitney

    What’s the buzz?

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