Take Better Insect Photos: Tips From the Experts

Looking to up your insect photography game? Join us for a 90 minute webinar with advice and tips for mastering the art of insect macrophotography. Insect photography experts will share their know-how on equipment, technique, and composition to help you get better insect shots—whether for your own use or for contribution to an ESA publication.
 

Panelists:

Alex Wild is curator of entomology at the University of Texas at Austin and has been a world-renowned macrophotographer since the early 2000s. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California, Davis, and conducts research on the evolution and classification of ants. Alex is a founding instructor of the BugShot workshop series, and his photographs appear in numerous natural history museums, magazines, books, television programs, and other media.
Danae Wolfe is a writer, photographer, and conservation educator focused on backyard bugs. She owns and operates the homegrown conservation initiative, Chasing Bugs, where she educates homeowners about the importance of rethinking the American home landscape. She has over 10 years’ experience designing and facilitating learning opportunities that span natural resources, horticulture, digital engagement, and her personal passion of photography. In 2018, she was invited to speak at TEDxColumbus on the power of photography in fostering appreciation and conservation of insects and spiders and her talk has since been featured on TED.com.
Tom Myers is a Board Certified Entomologist and an insect and wildlife photographer. He earned his B.S. in entomology at Purdue University and his M.S. at Iowa State University in entomology and insect pest management. As a photographer and entomologist working in biodiversity, he has traveled to all seven continents. Tom’s work has appeared in numerous national magazines and has won local, national, and international honors, including being exhibited in various museums such as the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Myers is active in ESA, where he has served on various committees, including chair of the National Insect Photographic Salon.
Megan Asche earned her undergraduate degree in graphic design from Western Washington University in 2007 and worked as a professional designer for 6 years before beginning her career in entomology. She is an award-winning macrophotographer and has contributed to many international scientific and outreach publications. Since 2013, she has posted over 7,000 insect images online that are available for public viewing and donated to researchers and educators upon request. Megan is an active ESA member, currently serving as an editorial board member for American Entomologist and is the editor for the magazine’s photography section, “Through the Loupe.”
Isa Betancourt is a macrophotographer, science communicator, and curatorial assistant of the 4 million-specimen collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. She earned her undergraduate degree in entomology and plant science at Cornell University and recently completed a M.S. in communication at Drexel University. To increase access to the insect world, she authored Backyard Bugs of Philadelphia, featuring photographs of more than 100 species of insects in the Philadelphia region. Isa serves as Co-Communication Officer for the Entomological Collections Network, and in late 2021 she heads to Indonesia as a Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow.
Chris Brown has been conducting ecological risk assessments for non-target arthropods and genetically modified crops at Bayer Crop Science (previously Monsanto) since 2001. His work in industry prompted his involvement in ESA, but he also has ties to the organization based on personal entomology research interests, including a long-running survey of Missouri’s tiger beetles. His passion for insect photography led to his involvement in the ESA World of Insects Calendar committee, which he currently chairs. Chris has published images in a number of publications including the World of Insects Calendar.

 

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