Does it come as any surprise that a portrait photographer’s hobby would still be photography? Given that Levon Biss didn’t have room for an entire portrait studio at home, he turned to shooting insects in his spare time. But his macro setup, and skills have resulted in some of the most spectacular insect portraits…
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.
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.
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.
National Geographic has an excellent explainer on how to improve your macro photography skills. What it boils down to is don't be afraid to experiment, play with angles and aperture, come prepared for the unexpected, and be patient.
Macro photography never gets old. And the 153 entries to this week's Shooting Challenge prove it. (They also prove that people loooveee taking photos of insects, eyeballs and flowers—not that there's anything wrong with that!)
It's been a long time coming. For this week's Shooting Challenge, we're celebrating the tiny - that which is captured through macro photography. And even if you don't own a macro lens, don't fret, there are ways.
Space-age jelly? A new art installation from Jeff Koons? A scary CGI sextoy massager? Let's all pull together now, before opinions are polarized even more...