An online book of Common Sense Photography, by Rhett Stuart

Macro Photography Theory


There are several things to keep in mind that make it hard to take pictures of little things. Think of it as opportunities to overcome obstacles!

Macro Photography is very different in some ways then normal photography. New skills and concepts have to be learned and mastered. When objects are at such an extremely short distance from the lens the light is blocked, objects blur easily, focusing is difficult and when you finally get it right hardly anything is in focus, the shake of the camera easily destroys the image, and diffraction and all threaten to destroy any macro photograph you might have visualized.

Learning the problems that are encountered and how to deal with them will help you produce some great macro shots!