Have you ever wanted to try your hand at dramatic macro shots of insects, but don’t have a studio setup or - let’s face it - the desire to cart strange insects back from your outdoor excursions? Entomologist Phil Torres has a neat solution. In this video, he takes us through his simple and elegant setup for shooting studio-quality macro photographs in the field. Torres, who also works as a TV Host and photographer, demonstrates that with the right gear and a simple backdrop, it’s possible to shoot incredible macro images.
Shooting with a Canon 1DX Mark II, Torres switches between a 100mm 2.8 lens and the powerhouse MP-E 65mm macro lens. He also packs a couple portable speedlites - one with a diffuser and another with twin flashes. The most crucial and also least pricey element of his setup is a small sheet of white acrylic which fits easily into a backpack. For this video, he uses a piece of white foamcore without too many issues, though it is more susceptible to bending and creasing. Whether you’re shooting in exotic locations like an Ecuadorian rainforest or simply going for an afternoon hike, it'll come in handy to bring this simple setup!