An Introduction to Macro Photography (Plus Some Insane Shots)
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This week's Giveaway Tuesdays Photo Challenge is about insect photography, a subject generally captured through a macro lens. Whether you opt for pricey equipment, a clever hack or an iPhone app, the internet is full of articles and videos on the topic. We've compiled a brief link round-up to get you started:
- WonderHowTo has a selection of videos ranging from beginner to intermediate; start digging through the library here.
- As mentioned above, you can turn your cell phone into a macro camera by using an app, or jury-rigging a lens. For an insect-specific macro app, try The Macro Bug. For more hardware hacks, check out the Strobist's $10 DIY Photo Macro Studio, or Kipkay's Pringles can macro lens project.
- For some beginner tips and guides, check out Digital Photography School (1, 2), Shutter Freaks, or photo.net.
- For insect-specific macro guides, check out Mark Plonsky's detailed presentation over at Photo.net, the Flying Kiwi Bug Macro Guide, photographer Frank H. Phillips' informative article, or Captain's European Butterfly and Photography Guide.
- Last but not least, for a brief visual foray into the field, watch photographer Thomas Shahan's video. Scroll below to see some of his incredible work!