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There's a fascinating world of insects right outside your home! This project produced a lively book that features over 55 pages of fun facts, close-ups, and  vibrant photographs of over 100 species of insects from the Philadelphia
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There's a fascinating world of insects right outside your home! This project produced a lively book that features over 55 pages of fun facts, close-ups, and  vibrant photographs of over 100 species of insects from the Philadelphia area.
57 backers pledged $1,709 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm on a macro photography roll this year! I've saved up and purchased my first SLR camera and macro lens and I've been taking my first photography class. I'd like to keep the momentum going by attending the Bugshot insect photography workshop May 22-25th on Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA and then by creating a Backyard Bugs of the Philadelphia Area photo book.
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Why Bugshot? Start off by checking out the instructors' photos! They are stunning. 

Alex Wild: http://www.alexanderwild.com/
Piotr Naskrecki: http://www.insectphotography.com/
John Abbott: http://www.abbottnaturephotography.com/

In the words of Crystal Ernst, a past Bugshot participant, "BugShot provides an unrivaled opportunity to learn from and exchange ideas with both expert photographers and professional entomologists"
The Georgia Bugshot event will cover topics such as macro/micro photography equiptment, lighting, techniques for working with live insects, composition and more.

This summer, using macrophotography techniques developed during Bugshot, I will journey from the smallest plant peeking out of the concrete to the largest fallen log to photograph the exciting yet often overlooked insects of the Philadelphia area... insects that you can find right in your back yard or local park! Then I will compose and print an insect photography book that highlights these curious critters. In this way, I hope that readers of the photo book will be inspired to go outside and discover these insects themselves.

Combining skills developed during the Bugshot workshop with my entomological knowledge, I will craft a book that is a creative mix of field guide and artsy stylish photo book.

It'll be a super exciting journey and I am looking forward to sharing the results with you through online updates, physical prints, and of course the photo book!
However, I need your help to reach these goals of attending the workshop and ultimately making the photo book. This can only happen if I meet my Kickstarter funding goal. Check out the backer rewards on the right side of the page & thank you for all of your support! :)
 

This photo of a dragonfly's eye will be the image on the 3.5x2inch Photo Magnet. (For backers that receive two magnets, the second magnet will feature a photo taken after the Bugshot workshop.)
This photo of a dragonfly's eye will be the image on the 3.5x2inch Photo Magnet. (For backers that receive two magnets, the second magnet will feature a photo taken after the Bugshot workshop.)

Insects are incredibly successful animals. About one out of every four species of animals on earth is a beetle! Insects fill all sorts of important roles in ecosystems. They serve as excellent indicators for the health status of our environment (bioindicators) and we can learn from them to advance technology (biomimicry). Not to mention, they have some awesome out of this world behaviors, body shapes, and coloration. For more information I refer you to Purdue University's "Importance of Insects" web page.

As an entomologist there is huge value in capturing an image of behaviors, characteristics, and habitats of insects. I can use the images for both direct science (recording information) and then also for science communication.
Photographic communication transcends language boundaries and limits. We are able to capture unique perspectives and snapshots of a moment in time and share them with others through photography. 

Prints will be printed on high quality luster photo paper. 

For prints/note cards/the second magnet, I will send you a selection to of photos to choose from.

Photo book description: Both photo books will be about 30 pages (probably more! Certainly aiming for more! The more funds, the more pages). The pictures in the book will be accompanied with identification and tidbits/thoughts about the insect.
Check out Update #1 for the additional exciting news about the book!

Why two different photo book sizes? To have a more transportable and affordable photo book option along with the larger and more grand option.

Here is what the note cards will look like:

Photo Note Cards
Photo Note Cards

 Lets zoom in a bit closer...

Photo Note Cards closer up
Photo Note Cards closer up
Photo Note Cards
Photo Note Cards


Cost Breakdown
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BugShot workshop ($810) + Kickstarter Fees + cost of the photo books / backer rewards.

I did not include transportation costs. Funds pledged beyond the funding goal will be split between transportation costs and adding more pages to the book.

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Camponotus sericeiventris from Costa Rica 2011
 
Hi my name is Isa. In elementary school I viewed insects with great awe and curiosity. I knew that I wanted to be an entomologist and I am happy to be able to say that I fulfilled my childhood dream! I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Entomology from Cornell University and since then I have been working in the field of entomology. I have enjoyed taking pictures of insects since receiving my first point and shoot camera 6 years ago (thanks Mom & Dad!). I am super excited about this opportunity to advance my macrophotography skills through instruction and collaboration at the Bugshot workshop and to ultimately craft the photo book.

See more of my insect/macro photos here:
https://plus.google.com/+IsaBetancourtBug/photos
And say hi to me on twitter:)
https://twitter.com/Isa_Sol

Lila Scott is a recent college graduate currently living and working in Philadelphia. Graduating with degrees in Spanish and Sociology, she spent the last year and a half living in Córdoba, Argentina teaching English as a foreign language. Aside from her fascination with language learning and passion for social justice work, Lila has always taken immense joy in creating art. Over the years she has taken courses in printmaking, drawing, design fundamentals, mosaic, ceramics and darkroom photography at various art centers and universities. She has never grown out of her love of doodling, and is beyond pleased to be collaborating with Isa to produce this photo book. 

Risks and challenges

Relying on the Equipment - I'm always careful with my photography equipment but accidents do happen. I have two cameras and also friends with cameras that I could borrow if necessary as back up.

The dimensions of the photo book may end up being slightly tweaked. The amount of photo books ordered will be a factor in determining this. Also, depending on how many books are ordered, I may be able to add additional pages.

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    Thank you so much! Every bit counts. For this level you will receive One Photo Magnet (3.5x2 inches) + Your name in the book acknowledgements.

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    A shadow box displaying pinned specimens of the bugs that are featured in the book + One 8x8 Book + One High Quality 8x10 Print + Two Photo Magnets + Four Photo Note Cards to write home about how wonderful you find the book + Your name in the book acknowledgements + A huge THANKS and virtual high five.

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