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Want to explore small worlds? We'll help show you how!

By Mason Resnick - May 25, 2011

If you're here, you're ready to make magic. Macro photography--the kind that magnifies subjects to full size or bigger on film or CCD chip--transforms common objects into strange new worlds. But this transformation requires the right gear, solid technique, and a visual style to make the magic work. We've put together this free guide to macro photography to help you make informed buying decisions and to help you get the most out of your gear after you've bought it.


Be sure to read our guides to macro lenses, flashes, and essentials so you're ready for your close-ups.

Read our Macro Shooting tips to give you a solid foundation in appropriate photographic techniques and help you avoid common pitfalls.Then, Elinor Stecker-Orel shows you how to photograph refracted images found in tiny raindrops, in Drops of Inspiration while Rick Sammon shows you his indoors technique for gaining control over tiny natural subjects in Practice Makes Perfect in Close-Up Photography.

We've also included many daily tips that make good use of macro.

There's a lot more to Macro, and we'll be updating this section and adding new features from time to time. Check in often!


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Master The Light For Fantastic Photos of Flowers

Good lighting is half the battle

ArticleMacro Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, May 6, 2014

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If you can tame the light when photographing flowers outdoors, you are going to get better photos. The good news? It doesn’t need to cost you a fortune to find the right light!

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TAGS: light,  macro,  flowers,  macro photography,  photography tips,  lighting technique,  photography tip,  flower,  lighting gear 

Remember These Names: 10 Up-and-Coming Photographers You Should Know

10 Up-and-Coming Photographers You Should Know

ArticleProfessional Imaging Techniques and How-Tos - by Leah Wonski, April 14, 2014

Social platforms like Tumblr and Instagram have made it easier than ever for talented photographers to show off their work — but it still takes some digging to get through the too-close pictures of food to find the ones who will really inspire you.

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TAGS: travel,  travel photography,  beginner,  photographer,  techniques,  iPhone Videography,  iPhone,  photographers,  Olivia Bee,  Collin Hughes,  Brent Lewis,  Milly Colley,  Kyle Johnson,  Dawn Heumann,  Brent Knepper,  Julian Bialowas,  Katie Orlinski,  Care Johnson,  A Place To Call Home,  Hermes,  Fiat,  emerging photographers,  Impermanence,  Railpass 

20 Top Camera Accessories for Macro Photography

Check out the numerous camera accessories available to improve your macro photography. Learn more about macro photography & its essential accessories. Updated for Spring 2014.

ArticleMacro Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, April 11, 2014

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You're inspired to go out there and capture the world in all you need's the right stuff. Here are the essentials--lenses, lighting, and accessories--that will help you produce that macro magic.

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TAGS: adorama,  macro,  macro photography,  ring flash,  clamp,  lens,  Focus on Macro Photography 

26 Top Macro Lenses: A Quick Guide

A look at true macro lenses - Updated for Spring 2014

ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Fred Singer, April 9, 2014

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Shopping for a macro lens? First, let's get the definition right: To get 1:1 magnification, which you need for true macro photography, you need to buy a dedicated, non-zoom Macro lens. But which one is best for you?

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TAGS: buying guide,  DSLR,  macro,  digital SLR,  Focus on Macro Photography 

How to Break Into Travel Photography

Break Into Travel Photography with Julia Chapple

ArticleTravel Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Julia Chapple, March 24, 2014

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If you lust after adventure, have a keen eye for photography and want to get paid for your pictures, you’re ready to explore the world of travel photography.

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TAGS: camera,  travel,  point and shoot,  travel photography,  professional,  cameras,  sony,  products,  camera bag,  hard drive,  Toshiba,  product photography,  external flash 

Macro Photography Magic: Transform Bright Highlights into Dramatic Diamonds

You Keep Shooting with Bryan Peterson

ArticleAdoramaTV - You Keep Shooting Techniques and How-Tos - by Bryan Peterson, July 5, 2013

A field of dewdrop-laden grass, you and your macro lens: All the ingredients you need create photographic "diamonds".

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TAGS: canon,  water droplets,  macro,  macro photography,  bryan peterson 

Here's A Creative Idea for Unusual, Fetching Photos of Jewelry

Visual Impressions with Joe DiMaggio

ArticleAdoramaTV - Visual Impressions Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe DiMaggio , April 4, 2013

Sometimes, the great outdoors is a better studio than the one inside. Watch as Joe DiMaggio braves the freezing rain to get stunning photos of jewelry for a client.

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TAGS: canon,  professional,  macro,  close-up,  studio lighting,  lighting technique,  products,  underwater,  tele-extender,  product photography,  close focus 

"It Looks Like Trash!" Use Macro and Find The Fine Art Photos Everyday Scenes

Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace—AdoramaTV

ArticleAdoramaTV - Exploring Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mark Wallace, March 19, 2013

Can you find photographic ambrosia in a nondescript alley or refuse? Mark Wallace turns trash into photographic art! The secret? Visual Pushups!

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TAGS: macro,  macro photography,  composition,  color,  inspiration,  Fujifilm X-Pro1 

Gels and Line of Sight TTL Flash For A Dramatic Model Shot

Photo on the Go with Joe McNally: Adorama Photography TV

ArticleAdorama TV Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe McNally, August 23, 2012

Adorama Photography TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe demonstrates how to achieve a line of sight TTL transmission at a distance while using colored gels to alter the color of the environment. 

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TAGS: canon,  camera,  flash,  photographer,  photographs,  photos,  wireless,  photography tips,  photography tip,  gel,  Nikon D800 

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