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One of the most thrilling parts of photography is MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY! I have learned to love macro photography ever since I stuck some close-up filters on the front of my lens. It brought me to a whole new world.

Today, I want to present some amazing fun ideas for macro photography. These are ideas and tips of things to photograph, but not how to do macro photography. If you want to learn how to do basic macro photography, click here:


Taking photos of cutlery is an interesting idea, but, with the proper lighting, and the unique designs found on cutlery, you have a winning idea here.

Shun Santoku knife


This is a fun and interesting idea. We see feathers all the time on the ground, on a tree, or wherever. But have you really looked at them close? They are an amazing subject:

Peacock feather


This one is a classic, but be creative, and find your water on unusual surfaces like a wire fence, a cobweb, or a rear-view mirror. Early morning dew makes almost any subject magical. In the spring or fall, your can look for frost instead of dew.

Water drops with reflections.


Close up photos of fine crystal glassware can yield wonderful abstracts filled with curved lines and reflections. For added fun, place glasses side by side, or one behind the other to create lines where they overlap. You can fill the glasses with colored water for even more creative images. Finally, you can add a sheet of clear, but textured glass (available for purchase at stained glass craft stores) in front of your glassware. The possibilities are endless.

Stained glass windows


Now when I hear about this idea, I thought about this carefully. Why? And then I saw some examples and then asked: Why not? Use a variety of different color lights to enhance your creation.


This is something that could be easy, but, I think it would be more fun, if you “posed” the fruit or vegetables. Don’t just go up to the item and snap, but, pose them like for a still photo.

Pose your fruits and vegetables. The photo is much more interesting that way.

I had a whole blog on taking photos of fruits and vegetables. Check this out:


Fascinating rust patterns can be found on an old car, or even a metal garbage can in the park. Peeling paint graces old fences and walls. Most people pass by such items without a second glance. Not you! Break out your macro lens, and reveal the hidden beauty. Just beware of harsh shadows if you’re photographing in bright sunlight.


The sleek lines of shiny chrome and trim on a polished car can provide hours of photographic entertainment. You can photograph your own car, but don’t be shy about taking your camera to an antique car show. Car owners are usually proud of their vehicles and won’t mind you photographing the details.


The texture of fur on your dog or the wrinkled skin of an elephant at the zoo can make a great close up shot. Paws, claws and teeth are fun, too, as long as you keep out of harm’s way. Finally, eyes always make compelling subjects. Shoot close ups of the eyes of your dog or cat (or a person!).

Animal fur, and the detail


The amazing small world of insects. So unique when you get up close. They could even look scary if you got close enough. Try this:

There are some special things you need to know to take pictures of insects. For further information go to:


Of course I have a blog I have done on flower photography. Just learn the details of great flower photography here:

This is a new series of articles we will be doing, to give you different ideas with different subjects to help you with your photography ideas.

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If you are the type of photographer that likes to just plan on a “Photo Day” to go out and just take pictures in the beautiful landscape around you, then there is one thing that you should always take with you. And that would be a set of close-up filters.

If you are going out to take photos of wildlife, then this set of close-up filters should be part of your camera equipment.

If you are going out to take some portraits, or wedding photos, then you should take a set of close-up filters with you.

Close-up filters are amazingly good quality now. I have found I use a set quite often. It certainly is less expensive than a whole new macro lens. To but a set, like you see above, all you need is the filter size when you order them.


The world of close-ups is beautiful. And to miss some of the opportunities that are around you would be devastating. It’s part of “LEARNING TO SEE” a photo. But, also, what if you go to take some photos of wildlife, and the opportunities just don’t come. Now is when you pull out the close-up filters and become a “flower Photographer” instead of a wildlife photographer. And the same thing is for the “landscape photographer”. Look around and see the beauty around you in the close-up world.

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Here is some great ideas for people photos and close-ups:


purple daisybush flower
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Macro photography is one of my favorite things to do in photography. To see a world that most people don’t really see. The close-up photos that show detail of things so small we miss to the naked eye.

One of the most popular things to photograph in macro mode is flowers (like that one above). There are several ways to take macro photos. Let’s go over them all:

  • Of course the most convenient way to do macro photography is with a “macro lens”. This is a lens that can focus extremely close to a subject, when in real life, the closest you can focus on a subject with a normal lens is 1 1/2 feet from the subject. You will notice the macro lens will focus down within an inch or three. All camera manufactures have a macro lens in their lineup, and may offer a few choices in magnification.
  • The next way to get macro lens, is to use a “close-up” filter set:
A set of close-up filters usually come in a set, like this.

Each close up filter is a different magnification to get closer to the subject. And the closest filter is the number 10. You can also add 2 filters together, to obtain a certain magnification. There is a problem with using close-up filters if you stack them is that the sharpness of the image is usually not sharp. That might be why they cost only around $20 – $30 for a set of 4. They are just not sharp as a macro lens, BUT, it’s usually not so bad that the normal eye sees a huge problem. Experiment with them and see what you think. I have used them with great delight.

  • The last thing that is available for macro work is the “extension tubes”. And that is also a set of 3, usually, and there are no optics involved, so usually you do not degrade the lens optically.

The problem that I know of right now with using extension tubes is that they provide the linkage between the lens and the body. But, they usually do not provide the linkage for the autofocus system. So, you would need to manually focus your lens through this device.

These are precision instruments and good ones (including generic brands) will run in the $50 to $80 range to keep the lens linkage working.

So, after reviewing these 3 ways to do macro photography, the macro lens is obviously the best way to accomplish your macro photos.


Still life photography groups several ideas: 1- Close-ups of items, and 2- a setup of posed items.

Example of still macro work:

May be a close-up of tree and nature
May be an image of fruit, indoor and text that says "phpierozullo hpiero zullo"

So the above photos are a combination of still photography / macro photography. You actually pose the items, and that is why it is called “still macro” photography.

Still photos that are not macro photos, look more like this:

May be an image of food, indoor and text that says "H AUTUMN Hello"
Photo by Annida Naura
May be an image of rose and text
This photo taken by : Stephan M. Schimmel is titled: LOST LOVE

So, in this particular blog, we wanted to focus on macro photography and still photography all in one. Posing subjects that are small, and getting close-up of the items and using the macro lens. Here are some more great examples:

May be an image of fruit, dessert and indoor
Photo by LuAnn LePage Thatcher
May be an image of flower

Learn how to take pictures of insects:

female monarch butterfly perching on red petal flower
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Insects are one thing that is an interesting phenomenon in our world. Either we love them or hate them. Case in point: we all love the beautiful butterflies that we have adding beauty to our world. But, how about mosquitos or beetles or all the other things in our world. And you know, in photography, which insect or bug would you really enjoy taking pictures of anyway?

Today we want to help you learn how to take photos of “insects”. And what you need, and the composition rules etc.

1- Getting on the same level as the insect. 

2- Have patience when photographing insects. Following these tips would help create better photographs because it would have more creativity,

3- you can get better highlights in the eyes of the insect

4- taking photographs from different angles would create a good composition.

5- Get close to the insect, even if it means some specialized equipment.

close up photo of ladybug on leaf during daytime
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We can discuss several of these rules showing this photo above: Getting down to their level is a big key if you want to get the detail you need to make it look good. If you take it from the top, you will notice that all you would have is the back of the bug, and in this case you would miss the legs, and possible the “antennae” or feelers of the bug.

And then, you want to get close, really close to get a photo that looks good, and possible fill your frame. And taking close-up photos of insects can generally be done only with a Single Reflex camera. The least expensive way to get close is with a set of close-up filters. These filters come, usually, in a package of a +1, +2, +4, and +10. And they can be stacked as well. So, if you want to have a number #3 in close-up filters, you can simply add a +1, and +2 to get your +3. The higher the number, the closer you can get.

Nothing beats the versatility of a true macro lens. A macro lens is a normal lens you would have on your camera, but just has the capability of focusing extremely close. They are a bit more money, depending on your camera brand, but, if you are in to a lot of close up photos, then this will be a must.

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Notice in the steps above, it says to focus on the eyes of the insect. Can you even see them? Only if you have the equipment to get close enough. And a macro lens and a set of close-up filters is the only way you can see the eyes of an insect.

Photo by Revieshan on Unsplash

Sometimes it is really obvious where the eyes are on an insect, and other times you just know where the eyes are and use that for it’s focus point.

Why does it say to have patience in taking photos of insects? There are 2 factors that will cause you to use your patience. 1- A lot of insects are looking for food, and you just need to be patient in waiting for them to hold still. 2- Even the slightest wind will get the leaf, or blade of grass to move, so waiting for the wind to stop, so you won’t get a blurry picture, certainly does require some amazing patience.

Photo by Егор Камелев on Unsplash

If you can do the following, then your photo will be perfectly composed: Have the insect fill the screen as much as you can, and also give them something to stand on, like the blade of grass or a leaf. I think taking a photo of an insect, and getting them right smack in the middle of the photo is still one of those rules that’s broken a lot with this, and generally, this is going to be ok. But, check different angles to see if you can be more creative in taking photos of insects.

The list: 51 different subjects on photography.

We have now officially completed the left side of this lest. So, now we are half way done. Tomorrow, the subject turns to negative space, which is one of my favorite subjects. See you tomorrow.


Day Eight: “Treasure” — Zoom In

Objects, places, people, moments — we all cherish something or someone. Anything deeply meaningful to you can be a treasure.

A treasure can be grand, like a precious heirloom, or teeny-tiny, like the first plump blackberry of spring atop a tart:

Or perhaps it’s the vintage coat passed down from your grandmother, your once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Himalayas, a quiet space in the woods, or your children. What’s your treasure?

Today’s Tip: Get close to your subject. Use the zoom function in your camera, or physically move closer to it. Often, our goal is to capture as much of a scene as we can. This time, zoom in on your subject or a particular detail to tell a more interesting story.

Day Eight: “Treasure” — Zoom In

So far, we’ve focused on establishing shots, horizontal and vertical images, and getting comfortable with moving around and experimenting with point of view. Today, get close to your subject.

Dragonfly resting on a branch in Ubud, Bali. Photo by Brie Anne Demkiw.
Dragonfly resting on a branch in Ubud, Bali. Photo by Brie Anne Demkiw.

As you photograph your treasure, consider photographer Brie Anne Demkiw’s tips on macro photography:

  • You may need special equipment to get a great close-up shot — not every camera can do macro photography. Simple point-and-shoots and iPhones are limited to how close you can get.
  • Try going abstract. Play around with how shapes, colors, and textures change as you get closer to your subject.
  • Experiment with shooting objects outdoors — shoot on a cloudy day for better lighting. Shooting outside on a cloudy day may impede your exposure a bit, but, for the real close shots, I recommend a tripod.

If you want to get real close, you will obviously need either close-up filters, or extension tubes for cameras. (click on those links). Or, if you have a camera that will take interchangeable lenses, a macro lenses will do the job very nicely.


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Insects are all around us. They can be annoying, ugly, scary, yet, they are a part of our lives. This week’s PHOTOS OF THE WEEK highlight these bugs, as maybe a work of art, or yet, something to get acquainted with. Photographers with the right equipment can get photos of these animals that we can learn to really love. I hope you enjoy these PHOTOS OF THE WEEK:

jewel beetle on tree branch
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selective focus photo of butterfly perching on purple flower
Photo by Lenka Z. on
butterfly perched on flower
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paper kite butterfly perching on red flower in close up photography
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white brown and orange moth
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bees on purple flower
Photo by Pixabay on
white black and brown snail on green leaf
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woman looking on spider
Photo by JJ Jordan on
purple flowers in bloom
Photo by Simon Berger on
brown praying mantis in close up photography
Photo by Brandon Phan on
macro photography of jewel beetle on green leaf
Photo by Egor Kamelev on
yellow and black butterflies cocoon
Photo by Pixabay on
nature insect macro spider
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We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.

Bill Vaughan
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shallow focus photography of green caterpillar on green leaf
Photo by Egor Kamelev on

In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with humans it is the other way around: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.

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Photo by Dorothea OLDANI on Unsplash

It is common knowledge now that we depend on insects for our continued existence; that, without key pollinators, the human population would collapse in less than a decade.

John Burnside
Photo by Yuichi Kageyama on Unsplash
Photo by Hans Veth on Unsplash

Despite its dark veins, the transparency of dragonfly’s wings assures me of a pure, innocent world.

Munia Khan
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Photo by Clément Falize on Unsplash
Photo by Krzysztof Niewolny on Unsplash
Photo by James Wainscoat on Unsplash

How still the woods seem from here, yet how lively a stir the hidden animals are making; digging, gnawing, biting, eyes shining, at work and play, getting food, rearing young, roving through the underbrush, climbing the rocks, wading solitary marshes, tracing the banks of the lakes and streams! Insect swarms are dancing in the sunbeams, burrowing in the ground, diving, swimming,—a cloud of witnesses telling Nature’s.

John Muir
orange flower with butterfly
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mosquito biting on skin
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“She sat down in a weed patch, her elbows on her knees, and kept her eyes on the small sterious world of the ground. In the shade and sun of grass blade forests, small living things had their metropolis.”

  • Nancy Price