Shooting in the backyard inevitably includes photographing insects. During the summer months, there is a seemingly unlimited population of dragonflies and their cousins, damselflies, around my plants and pool.
But slapping on a macro lens, or a telephoto with an extender or extension tubes, is just the first step. In a recently posted article on The Luminous Landscape website, Paul Richman writes in detail about how he captures stunning photographs of these insects. The article is lengthy for a blog posting, and is full of technical advice, tables and links to related information.
Even if you're not interested in the particulars about making these closeups, the included pictures are worth looking at.