Tools & Techniques
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I predominantly use only 4 lenses (from left to right)
Canon 70D &
5D Mk ii
5D Mk ii
The camera bodies I use are starting to age, but they are high quality, durable cameras that are more than adequate for my photography needs. Additionally, they can be acquired used for very reasonable prices.
Flex and Magic Arms
Flex arms are great for holding reflectors, small lights, flash, snoot light, diffusers, props and actual specimens on a pin. They can hold just about anything lite.
The Magic arms are very sturdy and can hold greater weight than the flex arms including flash, and snoot lights.
Small assortment of clamps help hold backdrops, cables, etc.
Photo Stacking Software
Lab lifting Platform
Standard insect paraphernalia
Oftentimes your backdrop is as as important as the actual specimen you're shooting.
Use about anything that you like that complements the image.
Sometimes the simplest background is the best while the more complex backgrounds make the image too busy and distracting. I've used leaves, twigs, flowers rocks, colored sheets of paper, and sparkly reflective, even gift wrap paper or combination of all these.