Exploring the beauty and complexity of the natural world has been a passion of mine from an early age. I’ve always been fascinated with natural history especially nature’s smaller denizens and the diversity of other wildlife that coexist with us, which largely goes unnoticed by the vast majority of people. One of the great advantages of engaging with the smaller world is the fact that you don’t need to venture far from your own door to find something interesting to photograph. Even on days (and there are many) when the light on the landscape is not that encouraging, it’s always worth taking a look at the other world below your feet.
I must emphasise from the start that this is not a typical “how-to-do” article, but rather an overview and discussion of my own particular views and approach to macro photography, which is based on over twenty years of experience in this field. Prior to my conversion to digital, I used medium format, mainly Mamiya’s RZ67 and 645 systems. Like many practitioners of this format, I was slow to convert to digital and only did so when I felt the technology was capable of delivering comparable results. I’m an advocate of the “get-it-right-in camera” philosophy… a discipline firmly ingrained in me from my medium format days. I use Photoshop only as a means to tweak my photographs and downsize for the web… not as a digital hospital for sick images that fail to meet my expectations. I claim to be no expert on the many facilities that it can offer to those that have the time to spend or want to distort or deviate from reality.
To read the full pdf article from Landscape Photography Magazine click on the link. The Art of Close-up & Macro Photography.