Few beekeepers do what they do because they aspire to be great photographers. But with modern methods of communication the ability to take pictures is a great benefit. Many things are difficult to describe where a decent photo will make things perfectly clear. With that in mind I offer this suggestion. A thread with basic instruction on the use of a camera. how it works and what will influence a good picture. Specifically in how to photograph bees, hives and comb. I will start by saying that the camera is a tool. I often here people say "I wish I could take pictures like that". People do not take pictures, Cameras do, and if you gain a basic understanding of how it does it you will be much better off in getting the photo you imagined. A basic understanding of the camera is not difficult. It is just unusual. When you first started to keep bees you had to learn a lot of new worked and what they meant. The same is true about a camera and how it produces a photo image. I invite those that have discovered details about their camera or even those educated in the use of a camera to pick a topic and discuss it here. I will start with the issue of Macro Photography. One of those words that when I say it to others I see that turning off in their eyes. "Oh that is such a big word I will never understand it". Not so. it is just a fancy way of saying "Extreme close up". The photography of bees and frames would both be considered macro photography while a photo of your entire hive would not. Macro photography causes some problems for your camera. It has a hard time getting enough light from a small space that is being viewed. The distance that needs to be in focus becomes much smaller. This distance is known as the field of view (another topic). In short the camera needs to work slower making camera movement much more of an issue. Take some time to set your camera to macro then take some pictures under different light conditions. you can just run around the house taking extreme close ups of all sorts of thing. then go outside and take come pictures of flowers leaves. blades of grass etc. Then quickly load them on your computer while the details are still fresh and just see for yourself what difference various light situations made. what colors tend to come out better. what was in focus what was not. when did your hand move the camera when did it not. You will begin to develop a since of what works and what does not. The main issue is macro photography for me are. 1. set the camera to macro. 2. careful attention to focus. Most cameras have a very hard time auto focusing in macro. 3. proper lighting (yet another topic) 4. use a tripod. it is almost impossible to get a good clear macro photograph while holding the camera in your hand. And again I invite anyone with an understanding of their camera to share what they have been taught or have discovered on their own.