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!