Macrocosmos

Have you ever wanted a glimpse into another world? Have you ever wondered how a bug spends his afternoon or how a flower really looks? If you answered yes to any of those questions Macro Photography might be for you.

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I was first drawn to Macro Photography when I watched the 1996 film, Microcosmos. Each scene was a work of art and offered a glimpse into the lives of various insects.  I decided that I wanted to up close and personal with nature too. But how do you begin?

Photo courtesy of Caty Hodgeland

Photo courtesy of Caty Hodgeland

Well it is much simpler than you might think. We live in a wonderful time for photography where you can find equipment relatively cheaply. The lens I use for Macro Photography can be found for as little as $30. And it is not a low quality lens either. The other route you can take is buying extension tubes. You can place the extension tubes on the back of your favorite lens and viola you have magnification. An extension tube Macro lens combo works the best, because a true macro lens show the subject at life size and the extension tubes will magnify it making it look bigger.

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Macro Photography requires a lot time and patience, but is quite rewarding.

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