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Brachycistidinae - female

Brachycistidinae - Female
Inyo County, California, USA
July 19, 2006
not a better picture but I thought I would enlarge the specimen, hard to get good lighting for tiny specimens.

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Brachycistidinae - female Brachycistidinae - female

Tip For Lighting
I'll tell you the method I use when trying to light small insects like this. It helps so much more when they're not moving around, too. But I'll pose them on a white background, set the camera up securely on a tripod, set the camera to manual, stopped down as much as it will go, and then use a flash not attached to the camera. This is the main tip: I'll trigger the flash anywhere from 5 to 9 times, depending on what the exposure looks like, but always bouncing it off a white piece of stiff cardboard, never directly toward the insect. Here's a shot where I did that specific process:

It may take a little experimentation to see how many flashes work best, but I've found that more flashes, from more different angles works well and I don't have to worry so much about oversaturation or over exposure because I set the ISO to 100, or as low as it will go. Please let me know if you try it and if it works for you. Thanks!

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