If you thought you had to travel to exotic locales to photograph captivating subjects, think again. Award-winning nature and conversation photographer Clay Bolt shows you how to find, approach and photograph fascinating insects in your own backyard with spectacular results in this new online course from Craftsy. Learn to work with available light and shallow depth of field to create crystal-clear images. Explore a variety of off-camera flash setups to enhance color and texture, increase sharpness and freeze motion. Use wide-angle macro lenses to create surreal images that…

I had a great time in Miami last week filming lessons for my upcoming on-line series on photographing insects and other invertebrates for Craftsy. However, our excellent cinematographer Marshall Rosales had mixed feelings about this Silver Argiope (Argiope argentata)! I photographed this spider and its prey using the Sigma 15mm 2.8 diagonal fisheye lens and two off-camera flashes. The class will be available in a few weeks!

By Clay Bolt, Each year, beginning in late summer and moving into fall, there is a particular Beech Tree (Fagus grandifolia) that is inundated with Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator). When these aphids are young, they cover the tree’s limbs and leaves with thousands of their fuzzy white bodies, which seem to “dance” if you get too close. This had led to coining of another common name, the “Boogie-Woogie Aphid.” Ants and wasps are drawn to the copious amounts of honeydew that the insects excrete and some, such…