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dried flower macro square - by Tim Waite, 2015
red bug square - by Tim Waite, 2015
zero pressure - by Tim Waite, 2013
Few things in photography are as much fun as shooting macro. You don't need a lot of extra equipment, and you don't need any exotic location. You can do macro photography just about anywhere, any time; indoors or out, at home or elsewhere.
What is "macro photography"?
Macro photography is the craft of taking pictures of small things, or very close-up detail of larger things. Macro photography can allow you to see details in things like flowers, insects, or nearly anything else you can image, that you could never see with your naked eye, and printing macro photos large can make some really impressive photos!
What will I need?
All popular camera-makers have quality macro lenses available for their systems.
Here are a few examples, if you don't already own a macro lens and are interested in purchasing one (links open in a new window).
The lenses marked as recommended have great price to performance ratios, and are very popular, well-reviewed lenses. Don't see a macro lens for your camera? Contact us and we'll help you find one!
You can rent lenses to try!
If you're not ready to purchase your own macro lens, and you own a Nikon or Canon body, you can rent a lens from LensProToGo. They offer very reasonable rates, they will answer all of your questions to make sure you rent the right lens, are super friendly and knowledgeable, and they send everything you need, including return shipping labels.
Note that macro lenses are typically prime lenses (a single focal length), but they can be used for much more than just close-up photos. A 60mm lenses on APS-C sensor camera, for example, is a great lens for taking portraits, too.
If you have a different camera body, please feel free to ask me for assistance in helping you select a lens. Use the contact form and make sure to tell me the exact make and model for your camera, and I'll help you find something that will work for you.
If you're going to research a macro lens on your own, then what you want to look for is a lens that reproduces at 1:1, or 1x magnification.
This workshop will be mostly discussion and demonstration, with an opportunity to do some "hands-on" during the last part of the workshop. While a camera with a macro lens would be great, you do NOT have to have them; you will be given the opportunity to try the concepts we learn using one of firefly53's cameras and lenses.
If you have any questions about your camera or lens, please feel free to use the contact form.