Macro Photography: what’s it good for?

Ladybug on autumn flower.

What is close-up and macro photography really good for?

  • getting closer to nature…real close! Macro photography is a great way to explore insects, fungi, mosses, lichens in their habitat.
  • contributing to science through citizen science projects such as eButterfly and the Lost Ladybug Project.
  • documenting the biological sciences: lichenologists, entomologists, mycologists, bryologists etc.–what better to augment your research than photographs?
  • knowledge and learning–there is so much to learn about techniques, identification, natural history…macro strengthens the brain!
  • meeting fascinating people–there are many communities out there that share your passion. Check out your local nature club and specialist societies.
  • exercise–walking, kneeling, crouching, bending, crawling and even some running are all part of the macro photographer’s workout.
  • enhancing dexterity–handling equipment, changing lenses, manipulating subjects, DIY projects…all can help maintain dexterity.
  • an infinite amount of subjects–there is really no limitations for the macro photographer.
  • a winter pastime… macro can be practiced indoors and out, no matter where you are.
  • expanding your hobbies! Macro is a great way to share images of your collections, crafts and art online.
  • unlimited avenues of artistic expression. From realism to abstract–unlimited.
  • exploring a single subject: discover the universe in a flower (or a marble, or an insect…)
  • staying close to home…you don’t have to travel to do macro photography.
  • rediscovering awe and wonder: macro photography has the power to awaken the child in all of us.

There are many paths to achieving macro with a camera, and limitless opportunities to practice it. If you want to learn more, explore the web, visit the library for a book and/or take a workshop! There is no end to the engagement you can find once you begin to enter small worlds with macro photography!


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  1. Ted C. MacRae 22 January, 2014 at 9:26 PM #

    An unexpected benefit I discovered was becoming a better natural historian! I started out just wanting to photograph the insects I was studying, but the new perspective that macro photography offered quickly led me to turn my lens to other insects and even plants, fungi, rocks, etc. I’m not one to just take photos of things and not try to figure them out, so I have ended up learning a great deal about the natural world that I never anticipated wanting to learn. Now, I just can’t learn enough!

    • Adrian 23 January, 2014 at 7:54 AM #

      Your blog is great that way, in that you take the time to photograph and describe the natural history of the areas you are in. I started my first blog (the now defunct ‘Voyages Around My Camera’) with that intent, but branching off into bug photography changed all that. I think it’s time for me to get back into general natural history, looking closer into the whole habitat that I am in.

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