Macro photography is fun!!  All those tiny insects, flowers and objects are suddenly giant sized monsters.  Macro photography allows us to see the world from a different perspective – right up close.

First of all I want to make it clear that macro photography is the photography of small things (or small parts of bigger things).  A dedicated macro lens is needed for this.  Sure, you can get in really close with your ultra long tele-zoom lens but that is not macro photography.  The tele-zoom option won’t give you any where near the type of detail that a macro lens will.

All my macro photos are taken with a 105mm macro lens.  I have tried experimenting by attaching a backwards 50mm prime lens on the front.  It gave some good results (see the pencil photo below) but the subject was so close to the lens that it almost touched it and the depth of field was tiny, about 2 mm.

The other two photos below were taken using only the 105mm macro lens.  You can see how much detail there is.

Macro photography is fun!!  There is nothing like stalking an insect.  Getting down low, creeping closer and closer, waiting for it to move just that little bit so you can get the shot you want, and then disturbing it when you run out of patience so that hopefully it will move in the direction you want it to.

Everyone should give macro a try.  There is a whole new world to explore, one where a speck of sand is like a boulder, dust bunnies roll past like tumbleweed, and where every insect you come across is hairy and ugly but oh so interesting.

Get yourself a macro lens and get to it.

Happy Shooting!

Pics By Nick - Pencil

Pics By Nick - Paper Wasp

Pics By Nick - Hibiscus