Photo Review - 'The Cicada' by Liza D.



"I really love these noise little creatures. Amazingly like clockwork they come out every 13 or 17 years and spend most of their lives underground. Cicadas are the sound of the NZ summer!"

F4.5, 30s, ISO100

Initial Thoughts by Reviewer

This is one interesting photo. I love how all the details on the bug are easily visible. What I like the most (and what most photographers often forget about) is that you captured bug’s eyes. Good job on that.

Taking This Photo to the Next Level One of the things that could be improved upon is composition. With the subject placed so low it’s not getting all of the attention it should get. It would be good if background was interesting, like some colourful flowers or rain or something similar, but with plain road and grass background it’s not the best choice. When making a close-up photo, you should aim to fill the frame as much as possible, and if that’s not possible then try placing the object as close to the middle as possible. Perfect placement would be somewhere in this range:


I understand it’s not always possible to place the moving object where we want it, that’s why we have zoom and post processing.