Ready for my (extreme) close-up- A lesson in Macro Photography

William Blake challenged us to see the world in a grain of sand.

Some very talented photographers show us very small subjects can make a big impact. Macrophotography is generally defined as extreme close-up photography. It reveals the delicate details the naked eye misses.

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Understandably, nature photography is often macrophotography in which the photographer takes us up close and personal with the birds and the bees. Insects and flowers are among the most popular subjects.  Anything with a texture, from tree bark to a honeycomb, comes into sharp relief. A macro-view can also reveal a thing’s underlying structure.

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Food photographers also add drama with extreme close-ups, not just of fruits and vegetables, but shimmering liquids, droplets and bubbles. (Yes, there are experts who specialize in beverage “splash and pour.”)

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Can’t get enough close-up action? Click below to view our macro photography gallery!



Tom Sheeter
Tom Sheeter is a Los Angeles based writer and Account Manager at Superstock. He specializes in film and tv licensing and clearance issues.

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