Photo skills: How I took this praying mantis image

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 category winner Marc Albiac reveals how he captured this amazing shot. 

Angle Poise by Marc Albiac, Spain
© Marc Albiac


Young photographer Marc Albiac was triumphant in the 11 to 14 Years category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 with his stunning image ‘Angle Poise’.

Marc spotted the conehead mantis among the brambles in his grandmother’s garden in Barcelona, Spain, and ran home immediately to fetch his camera. When he returned he found that the mantis was well camouflaged. The young photographer used his initiative and placed a white sheet of paper behind the invertebrate to reveal its detail. 

“I had seen photographs that had used this technique and really liked its impact. If I hadn’t illuminated the white paper background using flash the backdrop would still have been dark,” he says. 

Equipment specification Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 100mm f2.8 lens; 1/100 sec at f18; ISO 320; one 580EX II flash + two 430EX II flashes; tripod. 


  • Photographers should experiment with different techniques and photograph subjects that they are interested in. 
  • Insects are easier to photograph than mammals and birds because they are less likely to run away from you so you have more time to take their picture!

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