This challenge came from a question my dad asked me recently: "Why is it called macro photography? If you're taking pictures of small objects then shouldn't it be called micro photography?"
A good question. Here's the answer.
Macro photography is called that because it is the effect of making small objects appear bigger. You are taking what would normally be a small object in your frame and blowing it up to a macro size to get a closer look at the details and features. So it uses "macro" to describe the effect that's taking place, not necessarily the relative size of the subject.
Now that we know that...let's make it this week's SG Photo Challenge! This week for Challenge #12 we will be devoting ourselves to taking a closer look at the tinier subjects around us.
Normally actual macro photographs are taken with a macro lens, but we don't necessarily need one for this. Let me first explain what a macro lens is. All lenses have a minimum focus distance (the closest distance from subject-to-lens that you can get in order to get focus) and so non-macro lenses will only let you get so close to the subject before it becomes impossible to focus. You've probably tried to focus on something extremely close to your camera before and found that the lens simply can't focus that close. That's what a macro lens does, it allows you to get up close and personal with small objects, get sharp focus on their details and thus allows you to fill the frame with your tiny subject.
If you have a macro lens, this is your week to use it. If you don't, not to worry. I don't own one but I am going to choose my subjects appropriately and get as close to them as possible. Plus there are some alternative methods to getting a macro shot that we can explore this week. I'll share a few of those in a separate blog post soon.
Find the smaller subjects out there and get close & personal with them. Or alternatively "Go big or go home." Submissions should be in by Noon on Sunday May 11th.
Share this SG Photo challenge with your friends. Personally challenge them to up their photo-fu (like kung-fu but with more focus).