What is Macro?

May 13, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Many of you have asked me what Macro is in photography terms. You hear Macro and see it on your camera setting perhaps but do not know exactly what it is or what it means.

When you think of the word Macro what words come to mind? For me I think of small, tiny, or little. If this is what you think of then you are on the right track of what Macro photography is.

Macro Photography is just that. It is the photography of small objects. But it is not just photographing small objects or subjects. Macro Photography is your lens acting as a magnifying glass to that subject and capturing it in a photograph so that it becomes life size. What does that mean? Life size is producing an image that is a close up of your object or subject in which you are photographing.

When you see professional photographs on the web of Ants, lady bugs, or fish. The photographs of these subjects are not tiny to your eye when your are viewing them. They are shown to you as if they were that of the size of perhaps a dog or and elephant. That is what I mean by life size.

 

As you can see in this normal photograph of Wildflowers you cannot see the detail of them.

 

As you can see in this photograph of the same Wildflower which the details would normally be missed to the eye. Using Macro Photography the Wildflower appears to be that of a larger scale and you can see the detail of it.

 


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