Step into a world of photography that most artists consider magical. The closer you get to things, the more fascinating they become. Unimaginable details can be captured with the aid of special photography techniques and equipment, detailed at length within these pages.
Macro photographers play by a different rulebook. The challenges faced from the subject matter, the equipment and even the laws of physics make this an ambitious genre of photography. It can be abstract, it can tell stories, and it can spark your imagination.
Author and “Mad Scientist” photographer Don Komarechka covers every area of macro photography, from simple beginnings and tips to help you get the most out of your first macro lens, all the way through a masterclass in the obscure. Topics include:
- Redefining the rules of composition
- Finding and exploring narratives we ignore
- The challenges of magnification
- Camera equipment choices and recommendations
- Inexpensive ways to get “closer”
- Controlling and sculpting light
- Overcoming shallow focus
- Using water droplets as lenses for enchanted refractions
- The art of photographic discovery: “what if?”
- Winter macro: snowflakes and freezing soap bubbles
- Ultraviolet fluorescence macro
- Stereoscopic 3D macro photography
- MANY more topics down the rabbit hole
Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer. Always science-minded but never formally trained, Don uses photography as a way to explore and understand the world around him. Photographing something unusual or unknown is the perfect excuse to learn something new. Don’s work often pushes up against the technical limitations of modern camera equipment and the physical limitations of light itself.