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Wee Beasties is used here to describe macro and close up photography of anything small such as animals, plants, and objects.

The "Wee Beasties" name was transformed from the Dutch language to English using the word animalcules” (small animals), and was first used by the Dutch scientist and father of microscopy. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, (1632-1723).

Leeuwenhoek used Wee (very small or diminutive) Beasties to describe the small animals he discovered in drops of pond water. How else could he have possibly described these little beasts that look like Japanese B movie monsters when seen for the first time?

Tools & Techniques

True macro photography is when a 1:1 ratio of the actual life size subject to the image size on the camera sensor are the same.

Many of my images are close up and not true macro. A beetle two inches long does not fit on a one inch long camera sensor so it is considered a close up image.

If the eye of an insect is the size of a pin head and fills the camera sensor screen, it is a macro image. It's a true macro if the eye is the same size in real life as it is on the camera sensor giving a 1:1 ratio. a 4:1 ratio, means the image on the camera sensor is four times as large as the actual size of the subject.

It is difficult to not confuse image size to magnification size. They are not the same.


How can insect photography be so controversial? Here I discuss my ideas about what is ethical and not ethical about "insect nature" photography.


I want your comments and hope others can add to and offer different perspectives stories, and experiences that will make for better photography and add to the conversation.

I welcome factual, respectful opposing opinions, but this is not the place for any questionable language, name calling or inflammatory language. Use the Golden Rule and treat others as you would like to be treated.

Photo critique can include identifying aspects of the photo that made it appealing or not such as focus, color, lighting, patterns, focal point, leading lines, S- curve, framing (rule of 3rd), texture, juxtaposition, opposites, etc. If you think the species is not accurate make a suggestion.

If you don’t like the photo explain why.