Background Control in Closeup Photography
by Tom Whelan | February 5, 2015

A 100mm macro lens is a classic choice for closeup work. It’s the first macro lens many photographers use. It’s great handheld or on a tripod, and there are versions from different manufacturers with excellent sharpness and bokeh. But for a number of subjects, such as medium-sized flower...

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Avoiding Black Backgrounds for Macro Photography
by Greg Basco | October 2, 2014

Using black backgrounds is a divisive issue in nature photography; people tend either to love them or hate them. I’m more selective. I quite like black backgrounds for nocturnal animals as they give a totally natural look. I’ve had people tell me, for instance, that they prefer red-eyed tree...

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A Portable Lightbox Studio for Macro
by Steve Maxson | July 29, 2014

Although I spent my career working with birds and really enjoy bird photography, I have been fascinated by insects and other arthropods from an early age. The seemingly endless number of species, the astonishing life histories and behaviors, and the incredible mimicry that some species have evol...

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Rainforest Macro Photography
by Greg Basco | November 1, 2011

Macro photography, defined loosely, is the photography of small things. In temperate zones, where habitats tend to be more open and blessed with nice morning and afternoon light, macro photographers often use tripods, small apertures, and natural light. This approach can produce wonderful images...

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Finding Character Through Your Macro Lens
by Mike Moats | September 3, 2011

If you have ever had a chance to see a performance by the singer Lady Gaga, you would be amazed by some of the elaborate costumes she wears in concert. It is part of her shock and awe style that she brings to the stage. I have heard many comments by those who have seen her perform, and the com...

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Hand-Held Flash Macro Photography
by Rob Servranckx | January 1, 2010

Since starting photography in fall 2004, the months of May through to August have always been my most productive. There are plenty of nature subjects to choose from: birds, amphibians, flowers, insects, landscapes, and more. On weekends, I’d often head out before dawn to a marsh near my ho...

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My Backyard
by Brian Szabo | August 31, 2007

July and August are my least favorite months of the year for photographing. The light is high for much of the day, the greens of the forests aren’t vivid, streams turn to trickles, and the variety of colorful wildflowers in my region dwindle to only a few. So what is there to do?

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The Art of Abstract Macro Photography
by Michael Brown | June 1, 2006

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in June, 2006, and is being featured again with its original text and one new image. Our thanks to Michael Brown.

From Wikipedia online encyclopedia: “Abstract art is now generally understood to mean art that does not depict ob...

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