This week, discover the hidden details that can only be seen up close.
While visiting Bali a few years ago, I found myself at the edge of a rice paddy, shooting landscapes of the crystal-clear cloud reflections in the water between the rice stalks.
Just as I was turning to leave, a small dragonfly landed on a nearby branch.
In contrast to the vast expanse of the rice fields, this tiny, exotic creature was mesmerizing. Through my lens, I could see all the little details visible only from up close: the spines on its legs, the delicate translucence of its wings, and the texture and colors of its eyes.
Macro photography allows us to see the world in a new light. Some of the best macro subjects may appear mundane at first — things you’d normally pass by without giving a second glance — but get just a little closer and there’s often a hidden beauty to be discovered.
So this week, get up close and personal with your subject — whether it’s the pollen on a newly bloomed flower, rust on an old fence, or water droplets left by a storm — and capture those tiny, fascinating details that might go unnoticed.
Macro photography tips
- You don’t need special equipment to get a great close up shot — any camera can do macro photography. This photo was taken with a simple point-and-shoot, and iPhones also work great for capturing detail.
- Try going abstract. Play around with how shapes, colors, and textures change as you get closer to your subject.
- Experiment with ordinary objects from around your house. Bring them outside on a cloudy day for even better lighting.