Frequently Asked Questions

What is macro photography?

Macro photography refers to an extreme closeup view where the size of the subject is often life-size or considerably greater, allowing the viewer to see details that could otherwise not be seen by the naked eye.

Are all closeup shots consider macro photography?

No. Macro photography should not be confused with close-up photography. The former is essentially close-up photography, but not all close-up photos are considered macro. The distinction between the two is in how the finer details, or those that are basically invisible to the naked eye, of a subject is captured.

Do I need a DSLR camera to capture macro images?

There are a number of good options that you can choose from without having to purchase dedicated lens for macro photography. You could use extension tubes combined with a normal lens, which offers decent magnification. You can also try reversing a normal lens which when combined with extension tubes, provides even better magnification.

What DSLR lens do I need for macro photography?

Dedicated DSLR macro lens often are the more convenient and flexible option, especially for beginners. The most popular models come in focal lengths between 90-105mm, and have 1:1 magnification. You can also try out shorter focal lengths such as 50mm or 60mm, however, these have shorter working distances, meaning you need to get very close to the subject at the risk of scaring it away.

What is a flat field lens and is it important for macro photography?

A distinctive characteristic of a macro lens is the flat field design. Considerably reduced (or entirely removed) field curvature is essential when photographing certain subjects for macro work, like postage stamps or coins. However, having a flat field lens depends on the subject. If you are photographing mostly flat subjects, then a flat field lens is a good investment.

Is there a desirable location or weather for taking macro photography?

Most macro photographers shoot small bugs, insects, flower and various plants, although many also like shooting household objects or common everyday things. When shooting outdoors, the best weather to shoot in is typically when the temperature is about 17°C (63°F) or warmer, since most insects tend to active when it is warmer outside. At the same time, many macro photographers also like capturing insects when they are asleep.