Ep 323: Macro photography with guest Eduard Florin Niga

Meet Eduard Florin Niga, a photographer specialised in macro and micro photography. To create his masterpieces, he uses a variety of photographing techniques including stacking, stack-and-stitch and single shot, in his home, self-built studio. He also ventures out into the wild looking for exciting behavioural insect shots. In the last 4 years, he has photographed well over 100 ant species from all over the world. His images have been published by National Geographic, Nikon and other scientific publications and was shortlisted in the British Photography Awards 2019 in the Macro category. You’ll discover: what inspired Eddi to shoot extreme macro and why insects; his workflow; challenges of shooting this kind of photography; essential gear; post-processing; gear tips and ideas for newbies; Eddi’s wish list of insects and much more

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Eduard Florin Niga

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Eduard Florin Niga is a photographer specialised in macro and micro photography. To create his masterpieces, he uses a variety of photographing techniques including stacking, stack-and-stitch and single shot, in his home, self-built studio. He also ventures out into the wild looking for exciting behavioural insect shots.

Eduard devotes all of his time researching and photographing a wide variety of insects from all corners of the world. He has 3687 (number accurate at the moment of writing this text) insects in his photographic wish list, and at the very top of the list is Cicindela hudsoni, an Australian tiger beetle which is named the fastest insect in the world. The second changes almost daily (today is the Fish Hook Ant Polyrhachis bihamata from Southeast Asia).

Although he closely photographs all kinds of insects, his love and passion remain, for now, the ants. “There is something very special about looking an ant in the eye.” he says.

In the last 4 years, he has photographed well over 100 ant species from all over the world.

His images have been published by National Geographic, Nikon and other scientific publications, he was shortlisted in the British Photography Awards 2019 in the Macro category and is anxiously awaiting the judges’ verdict for this year’s awards.

Currently is working in collaboration with a New York publisher on his first book titled “Ants – workers of the world” due to arrive in a bookstore near you and online in the Spring of 2021.

He lives in London with his supportive wife and curious daughter.

Image by Eduard Florin Niga
Image by Eduard Florin Niga

We chat about:

  • What inspired Eddi to shoot extreme macro and why insects
  • His workflow
  • Challenges of shooting this kind of photography
  • Essential gear
  • Post-processing
  • Gear tips and ideas for newbies
  • His wish list of insects

Behind the scenes images showing Eddi’s amazing macro setup

Image by Eduard Florin Niga
Image by Eduard Florin Niga
Image by Eduard Florin Niga

Eddi would love to shoot: Cicindela hudsoni, an Australian tiger beetle which is named the fastest insect in the world.

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