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.

  • Chris Jensen

    Antique Christmas Bug!

  • Chris Jensen

    The love bug. He loves eating our plants.

  • Rebecca Cullimore

    I took this using my screw on 4+ macro lens.

  • Michael Morris

    Took this is Ketchikan, Alaska. should have used a macro filter and the focus could be just a bit better. I thought it was still good.

  • “Rajasthani Desert Bug” (Nikon D3100 – f/3.5 – 50mm – 1/1250sec – ISO100 ),
    from our travel/photo blog. Safe travels, Matt.

  • “Little Jackfruit Eater” (Panasonic DMC-TZ5 – f/4.9 – 47mm – 1/125sec – ISO100),
    from our Sulawesi travel/photo blog. – Safe travels, Matt.

  • Herbert Stachelberger

    Trying a photo out of my pool on Flickr. Hope it works.

  • “Communist Dragonfly” (Nikon D3100 – f/2.8 – 50mm – 1/1250sec – ISO100),
    from our Beijing travel/photo blog. – Safe travels, Matt.

  • “Deep-fried Bugs” (Panasonic DMC-TZ5 – f/3.3 – 5mm – 1/60sec – ISO400),
    from our Thailand travel/photo blog. – Safe travels, Matt.

  • Diana O’Bryan White

    The Assassin Bug…

  • Diana O’Bryan White


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  • Scott Feldman

    eastern lubber grasshopper

  • Dieter Rowe-Setz

    Found this little wood bee in the garden, would not stand still for long. Took about 40 shots and could only use 2.

  • Eric Dorondo

    Awesome shot!

  • Luis Purata

    Bello everybody! I am going to appreciate your comments. Regards!

  • tmlakshmi

    what do you think of this image. comments welcome

  • tmlakshmi

    here are a couple of beautiful butterflies

  • tmlakshmi

    beautiful shot.

  • tmlakshmi

    one on the other. Did you manipulate the shot? loves the biggr BF

  • tmlakshmi


  • tmlakshmi

    wonderful shot

  • Mehmoodlodhi


  • Mehmoodlodhi


  • Mehmoodlodhi

    Thanks for liking

  • Mehmoodlodhi

    Thanks for liking this

  • Shannon Scheer

    Ants eating sap. By Shannon Scheer

  • George

    A Batwing Butterfly at Fairchild Gardens, Miami.

  • Chris Jensen

    Not at all. The small white butterflies are common here. I was chasing the yellow swallowtails around our flower gardens and the white one landed on top of the swallowtail. I had just enough time to get one shot and they were gone!

  • Chris Jensen


  • Chris Jensen

    Great action photo! I have often tried to catch these in a photo with no luck.

  • WillyPs

    Some people use a pin. Dead bug plus pin, very still.

    I use a telephoto lens and keep the ball mount just tight enough to hold the camera, then I can pan around the area to follow the bug. But that doesn’t get the extreme close ups seen here. If you get too high a zoom, you won’t find the bug. And you have to be quick, find, frame, focus, then take your hands off the camera and hit the remote.

  • K Peers

    Wow, love this shot!!!

  • Glad you do! 😀

  • Donna Wright


  • This is the Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly.

  • The humble bumble bee busy polinating

  • peterlgrave

    Butterfly laying eggs under desert rose leaf

  • Sue


  • Pair of mating damselflies

  • Sue


  • Eric Dorondo

    Thank you Chris, fast speeds and lots of sunlight tends to set it up pretty well.

  • Ashok Borkakoti

    The Shepherd

    Ants and their Domesticated Aphids. Just as humans keep cattle ants keep aphids which they take care and milk them for a liquid substance named Honeydew which the aphids secrete

  • DJ

    dapper little guy

  • Diana O’Bryan White

    Really like the Pov in this. Wonderful and interesting photo!

  • Diana O’Bryan White

    The Leaf Katydid…

  • Diana O’Bryan White


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  • Diana O’Bryan White

    Wonderful..really like the eye contact!

  • Diana O’Bryan White

    Now that is an interesting spider!

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