Making of “Jumping spider”

Jumping spider

This little fellow is only 4 mm tall. But despite their size, jumping spiders are quite photogenic with their big eyes and little hairs. You only need to make sure you are able to capture these details. So when I found one in house, luring to catch some flies near an open window, I just had to give it a shot. With a little shot glass and a piece of cardboard I temporarily caught the spider, allowing me to collect the gear required to take a photo.

Between my camera and 50mm prime lens, I installed 3 extension tubes (65mm in total). This allows me to get my lens really close to my subject and get a 1.45:1 magnification. Which means that the spider would appear bigger on the sensor of my camera than he actually is in real life. Downside of these extension tubes is that you will have to work with a real narrow depth of field and they will also cost me quite some light, so the use of a flash is necessary in most of the cases. But they are relative cheap compared to a real decent macro lens.

The shot glass in which I was holding the spider provided a nice background to take the photo. When removing the cardboard, the spider would crawl up to the edge to escape, making it possible for me to predict his path and get him aligned in my narrow depth of field. Using a light stand with boom arm, I placed my speedlight close to the glass and used a softbox to diffuse the light and prevent hard shadows. And with the camera right above the glass it was a matter of framing and timing the shots.

EXIF details: 1/200, f/8.0, ISO100, speedlight at 1/8 power.
Dislcaimer: no spiders were hurt or hold captive longer than needed when taking this picture.