Seldom Seen: The World of Macro Photography


Macro photography (or photomacrography or macrography, and sometimes macrophotography) is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. By some definitions, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater. In order to achieve the macro effect, the distance between the lens and the camera sensor must be increased. There are several options available to those who wish to pursue macro photography.

First, if you have sufficient disposable income, you could simply buy a specialized macro lens. The upside to this is that aside from now having the macro capability, some micro lenses are made to focus to infinity enabling them to serve as your everyday lens as well. The downside is that a macro lens can set you back a few hundred dollars. The second option is to purchase some focusing tubes. These are simply hollow tubes that are inserted in between the body of the camera and the lens to increase the distance between the sensor and lens. The effect should be very close if not exactly the same as with a dedicated macro lens and you will save yourself a heap of money. A good set of focusing rings runs anywhere from $75 to $125 as opposed to around $400 for a brand new macro lens.

Macro photography allows us to see into a world we seldom stop and think about. So often we take everything we see at face value. With macro photography we can see past that. I have always enjoyed learning about how things work. When I was young I was constantly taking things apart to see what was on the inside. For me macro photography is kind of the same because it allows you to see what something really looks like and how it’s put together.






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