The what and why of wildlife macro photography

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Whenever I teach macro photography I begin with a statement and two questions. The statement is that I, as a nature photographer, teach macro photography in the wild. The two immediate questions that stem from this statement are:

What is macro photography?

Why do I choose to shoot macro photographs in the wild?

In this article, the first of a new series here on dpreview, I’ll try to answer these questions, as well as elaborate a little bit about the essence of macro photography as I see it. I’ll also try to give you enough information about the upcoming articles to keep you interested!

What is macro photography?

In simplest terms, macro photography is shooting your subjects from a close distance.

Photographer Gilad Mass shoots a
praying mantis up close and personal.

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