Want to discover the unique secrets of macro photography? Learn the art with these behind-the-scenes tips and stories from five pro photographers.
In his own words, the 20th-century photographer Fritz Goro chose subjects many of his contemporaries would have dismissed as “unphotographable.” After his passing, he became known as the inventor of macro photography, and in the years since, the technology has advanced leaps and bounds. A magical universe of small but extraordinary creatures exists right beneath our noses, and these days, we only need a camera and the right lens to navigate its depths.
Macro photography has always appealed to our sense of curiosity and wonder, but in 2018, perhaps its power goes beyond that. For more than a decade now, bee populations have been in crisis, while almost 33% of all amphibians on Earth are now threatened or endangered. Macro photographs can teach us about these critters, and ultimately, they can inspire us to care about their wellbeing and take steps towards their protection. We asked five fantastic photographers with experience in the macro world to tell us about some of their most memorable encounters. Below, they share the insights they’ve picked up along the way.
1. “Many times, I have created a sort of “tunnel” with paper to direct the light towards my subject.”
Image by Tomatito. Gear: Canon EOS 40D camera, Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 macro lens, 2 additional magnification glasses in front of the lens. Settings: Exposure 1/200 sec; f6.3; ISO 100.
What’s the story behind this photo?
I always had a dream of photographing this beautiful little jumping spider, who is mostly red and has beautiful blue-greenish metallic eyes. This jumping spider is around 3 millimeters in size, so you can only see a small red dot with your eyes, but a macro lens and proper lighting will give you a fantastic result.
It was challenging to find this spider. As I live in London, the spider was sent to me from Barcelona. I took care of this little jumper for four months, feeding it flies. It took me three weeks of trying and failing to get such a shot, as the spider was moving around quickly and never stayed in one place. But the result was worth it.