We’re in the thick of summer now, which means one thing. The creepy crawly bugs are out. But don’t be afraid. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, grab your camera and take some photos.
Mazer Media, the people who filmed this short Machines Rule the World, promises that there is a story in this video that stitches together beautiful macro shots of machines being used. I couldn't find it because I was so entranced by the close up scenes that I completely forgot that I was watching something.
Chemical reactions are those magical moments when the matter that surrounds us suddenly bursts into life. A stunning new video collaboration between scientists and artists now showcases eight different types of these reactions in exquisite detail.
Continuing his fantastic series of macro shots of the eyes of animals, here is Suren Manvelyan's Animal Eyes 3. The close up shots of the fish and reptiles and other animals in this series look positively alien when seen up close. I thought they were artist's rendering of deep space planets from a sci-fi movie.
These are the best kinds of snowflakes: the kind that are under the lens of a camera and not piled up outside my door. A Russian photographer uses a set up he made himself to take these photos. See more below!
Johngineer from Adafruit has a deliciously geeky hobby: he takes amazing macro-focus photographs of electronic components. As geek porn goes, these images tick all the boxes.
Insects are pretty much the raison d'etre of macro photography. And while there are plenty examples out there, this collection of hundreds of high-res creepy crawlies collected by the U.S. Geological Survey deserves some special attention.
Last week, we looked at bugs. This week, I'm sending you back into the bush to catch more of nature's nuance on the macro level. For this week's Shooting Challenge, photograph the wonder of plants.
Up close, bugs are terrifying. Heck, from far, bugs are terrifying. But with the safe distance through the lens of a camera? They're amazing.
This is it. My favorite annual Shooting Challenge of the year. You go out into the grass and muck and photograph bugs.
Sure, you've seen the master mutant powers of magnetic putty before and how its snake-like unhinging ability can completely engulf an object. It's the work of magic! Or the closest thing we have to magical powers (magnets). PBS Digital Studios and Shanks FX teamed up to have a bit of fun with magnetic putty and…
Felix Salazar's macro photography of a coral reef offers a serene and colorful tour through an almost alien universe. Seen up close and in such brilliant colors, it's each to forget that these are creatures from our own planet. So head over to Salazar's website, scroll through the photos, and forget about Earth for a…
You forget how beautifully ornate snowflakes can be until you see them up close, in full detail. This photo series from Andrew Osokin shows how stunningly gorgeous each snowflake is. They look unreal.
As we trudge through December toward the holidays, snowfall becomes increasingly likely. But while it may be a pain in the ass when it falls, up close it looks incredibly beautiful—as these photographs demonstrate.
Eyes. They're the windows to someone's soul. They also look really cool when shot in an extreme close-up. For this week's Shooting Challenge, capture eyes. Well, eye.
The iridescent eyes of the damselfly and the shimmering body of the wasp are magnified in Ondrej Pakan's macro photos, capturing the fragile moments when insects bodies are covered in refractive raindrops, transforming these ordinary bugs into jeweled works of art.
For most of us, it's cold and dark outside. But nature still provides more than enough light that, with a little tinfoil ingenuity, can generate amazing, professional-grade macro photographs. Here are our favorite entries to this week's Shooting Challenge.
Magazine-quality studio macro shots are gorgeous. Small objects with exquisite detail and perfect lighting. Well, what's so insane about those photos is that they can be duplicated at high noon with nothing more than the sun and a foil reflector.