How to Shoot Spider Web

Here are some tips on how to shoot spider web.

A spider web is a natural engineering marvel, created by a crawling creature. Some formation of these craftsmanship is so fascinating and photogenic, that we can hardly control our self from not clicking a picture. However, most of the time, the result is disappointing.



This is because, the thickness of individual string is so fine, that it becomes almost invisible, if we shoot it against bright or light colored backdrop. In this case, we have to select such a camera position, that in the backdrop, we can capture a dark area.

Like nature photography, we cannot move the subject from its position. Now if the back ground is having unwanted details, then make it blur with the help of a shallow depth of field. This will make the spider web stand out from the backdrop.

A well composed photograph, with a spider in it, makes it center of interest. In such case, the spider becomes positive space and main subject, that is web, becomes negative space. So maintain proper balance.

Use cross and angular light. This will create a shine on string. If there is some water droplets on web, then it will be captured as a bright spark, which will break the monotonous feel of the photograph.

In commercial and studio photography, should we need to shoot a spider web to convey a story, we have to create an artificial web. This artificial web can be made with rubber solution and pressurized air. For this, a specially made accessory is available in the market, which has a container to hold the rubber solution and provision to blow air with help of a fan. By controlling the flow of solution, speed of the fan and distance, we can create an artificial cob web in a studio. Yes, trial and error is required to get proper density of the web. Secondly, this artificial cobweb is not in that symmetrical formation, which is made by a spider. Nevertheless, a fine reticulation of net is formed, which can become a center of interest, on how to shoot spider web, in still life or editorial photography.

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