It’s fair to say macro photography is quite different from other types of photography. It requires a very special attention to detail and let’s be honest, not every photographer has it. To be a good macro photographer, one must turn away from what the naked eye sees effortlessly and descend into the miniature world. Once you discover the fascinating subjects you were overlooking, there’s no going back.
Macro photography is generous with subjects. If insects and small animals frighten you, the beauty of the plant world will definitely be to your liking. Or perhaps details in manmade objects arouse your creativity. We recommend experimenting as much as you can.
In terms of gear, macro photography tends to be looked at as pretentious. While a dedicated lens certainly makes life easier, it’s good to keep in mind that you can get a used macro lens in good condition for a reasonable price. Any DSLR or mirrorless camera will do just fine, but you’re most likely want to invest in a quality tripod as well.
Here are a few awesome macro shots that we believe will inspire you to go looking for subjects in smaller worlds.
Awesome view of a cactus.
“Portrait” of a queen ant.
Your home aquarium can be a great source of inspiration.
Pitcher carnivorous plant.
Close-up of a water dragon’s eye.
Detail of optic fiber.
Water drops are one of the most common macro subjects, but still a challenging one.
Close-up of a coneflower.
Portrait of a jumping spider.
Oil & Water.
You have to love this kind of shot.
Colors play a big part in macro photography.
Common household items make great subjects.