35 Examples Of Stunning Macro Photography

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Macro photography is also known as close-up photography. Compared to other types of photography, macro photography is quite difficult, because of the nifty equipment, lightning and other techniques involved. However, in the end it comes down to what kind of pictures you want to take and what level of precision you are striving for.

In this inspirational showcase, we’ve collected some beautiful macro pictures, as well as some useful macro photography tutorials – for people at all levels of experience.

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Stunning Macro Photography

Mr. Attitude
by Cyrus K

Mr Attitude

Homies on Da Hood
by Marshall Alsup

Hommies on Da Hood

Deflated
by MuffinMummy

Deflated

Flower in a Drop
by Szabolcs Vass

Flower in a Drop

Eye of a Tokay Gecko

Screenshot

Sugar Girl

Screenshot

Soul Dance

Screenshot

An insect

Screenshot

Screenshot

Winter Blues
By Ursula I Abresch.

Screenshot

Cold Miner
by LordV

Cold Miner

Zeitautomatik

Flower in a Drop

Flower in a Drop

Treble Chef
Created by Glynn McDonald.

Screenshot

Butterfly
by GOLDENORFE

Butterfly

Ant
by Alliec2007

Ant

Recently at the fairytale forest
by Gecko_gr

Recently at the fairytale forest

Farewell, Old Friends
by MuffinMummy

Farewell, Old Friends

Spider
by IRAWAN YUWONO

Spider

Curved
by Kristoffer Jonsson

Curved

Summer Refreshment
by Frankieleon

Summer Refreshment

Years of Lessons
by Frankieleon

Ripples of Colour
by Alex Bates

Ripples of Colour

Stapelia leendertziae flower
by Martin Heigan

Stapelia leendertziae flower

Multi-Color Bungee
by Frankieleon

Mulit Color Bungee

Drips
by Alex Bates

Drips

Hover
by Alliec

Hover

Rose
by 5348 Franco

Rose

Spider with Egg Case
by Jimmy hoffman

Spider with egg case

Red Eye Tree Frog
by Juza

Red Eye Tree Frog

Hover Fly
by LordV

Hover Fly

Pseudo Scorpion
by LordV

Pseudo Scorpion

Gear
by LordV

Gear

Beauty of Rust
by Frankieleon

Beauty of Rust

Grass Drops
by ViaMoi

Grass Drops

Banded Demoiselle
by Alliec2007

Banded Demoiselle

Fred Eye
by Snack Happy

Fred Eye

Dew Drop
by Alliec2007

Dew Dr

Mother Ship
by Frankieleon

Mother Ship

Getting Stuck In
by Alliec2007

Getting Stuck In

Macro Photography Tutorials And DIY Tips And Tricks

Macro Photography for Beginners, Part 1, Part 2
This series of macro photography tutorials is a must for anyone starting a career in macro photography. These tutorials contain almost everything, including detailed explanations of macro photography, lighting, focusing and much more.


Picture by DodogoeSLR

How to Shoot Super Macro Photos
A superb article on macro photography. It gives you a basic explanation of macro photography, as well as equipment, set-up, depth of field, flash and examples of what can be achieved and how.


Picture by fensterbme

Macro Photography Tutorial For Taking Bug Pictures
In-depth tutorial on how to take bug pictures. It covers camera equipment, close-ups, reversing the lens, lighting, flash, tripods and much more. Very educational for anyone interested in taking macro pictures of small insects and bugs.


Picture by dincordero

Extreme Macro Photography on a Budget
If you want to achieve extraordinary results, macro photography requires both good technique and good equipment. Lenses, lights, cameras and tripods cost thousands of dollars. Here is a useful DIY (do it yourself) tutorial on building a nice macro lens from a Pringles can.


Picture by leafy

How to Take Close-Up Pictures of Small Things
This is an amazing resource for beginners. It covers basic things, such as what kind of camera and lens you need, and then gets into exposure, lighting, focus, combinations and much more.


Picture by Clicks 1000

How To Take Macro Photography: Close Up, 030
Another article to bookmark if you’re just learning macro photography. A lot of information, over four pages in fact, which will surely come in handy.

Depth of Field Calculator
A really useful online tool that lets you calculate Depth of Field (DOF) before taking pictures. It can be used for almost any camera and lets you adjust for focal length (mm), f-stop, the subject’s distance and more.

How To: DIY $10 Macro Photo Studio
This tutorial is nothing short of fantastic. It shows you how to build a small lightbox in which you take pictures of small objects, flowers or anything you can think of. It won’t cost you much: all you’ll need is a cardboard box, cutting utensils and some paper.

Mini Macro Studio for Less than $0.02
Another useful tutorial on building a mini-macro studio out of everyday objects in no time. The set-up is very simple and requires only a sheet of paper, folded and taped. It is very easy to make and produces nice results.

Macro Photography Tips for Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras
Can’t afford all that heavy equipment? Then look at this tutorial. It provides all the basic tips and tricks on taking good macro photos with your point-and-shoot digital camera.

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    Andrew Turnbull

    June 26, 2009 6:38 am

    1st. excellent collection, macro photography rocks!

    Thanks Smashing

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    these are so cool and hi res. I love the insects ones

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    Thank you. I like the photographs with insects themes very much. Have tried something similar, but my picts are far away from being that perfect, though…

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    Some nice examples there… quite inspirational.

    DKumar M.
    @instantshift

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    great article. very useful tips. thanks

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    I agree nice collection. Super sharp :)

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    I love macro photography, thanks for the useful (and cheap) tips!

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    STUNNING!

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  10. 10

    WOW! Love macro shots, especially those of water and insects. These are beautiful!

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    waoooo exelente colección felicidades

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  12. 12

    Some of those are really nothing special. Make it 20 and it will be a really nice list. And there are really way too many snails in one collection…

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    Beautiful shots! I love macro photography!

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    Excellent collection!

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    very cool collection. excellent shots

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    supper sharp… nice collection :)

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    I have to preface this by saying I’m a journalistic photographer with a formal education in photography.

    This post and the other post made recently with “stunning” photographs were quite poorly chosen. In fact, the vast majority of the photos were unremarkable, vapid, or simply poor photographs. For example, the photograph of the soaring eagle should not be posted anywhere on the internet that is not a wildlife website or Stephen Colbert’s website, and photos of kitties and puppies should not be hailed as “stunning” photography in any situation.

    While It is true that Smashing Magazine is a GREAT resource for designers, you need to leave the photography blogging to photographers. This is not your area of expertise, and it’s made clear by the photographic content that has been posted. Most professional photographers would (and do) cringe at the two posts I’ve referred to. Please stick to design or hire a knowledgeable photographer to blog about photography.

    Don’t be offended. I still love you guys.

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      my name is Jose Jimenez and this is for the Raza Locows orale pues truchas con lo que escriben in a web so pa La Raza Viva La Raza Mexicana Latinos chicanos to dos somos chingones orale pues say que honda a los vatos De Tyler TX.

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    Karol Kyno~ TwitterSparrow

    June 26, 2009 12:46 pm

    kKyno says Absolutely beautiful.

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    Imagine it as video! wow!

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    Tejendra Shandilya

    June 26, 2009 7:48 pm

    AWESOME …….

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    Awesome Pictures !!!

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    Really sweet collection, thanks for the post!

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    thanks for the info.

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    wooowww! great shot, nice lens, a very composition

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  26. 27

    Lovely Post.. I love macro Photography !
    Thank you Smash ! :)

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    Only those humanbeings who are blessed with love,devotion and belief in natural beauty would must say….

    ” STUNNING “

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    excellent one
    thanks for the share

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    talk about inspiring images! Also makes me really appreciate the miracle of Mother Nature–so many good shots here – thanks :)

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    i love macro pics are the best

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    Great pictures !

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    I am afraid the soccer ball and the back of the tennis shoe are not macro photos at all, nor even that close.

    From wikipedia: The classical definition is that the image projected on the “film plane” (i.e., film or a digital sensor) is close to the same size as the subject.

    While Smashing Magazine does present some photography that is very appealling the average viewer, I tend to agree with Jessica that many lack the technical qualities that any serious photographer would refer to as “Stunning”. Please hire a pro if you post future photography articles – it will do well for your credibility.

    I do love Smashing Magazine, but have thought this about every one of your photography showcases…

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    Great pictures indeed!
    RIP MJ
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    wonderful~

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    LOL. Love that Tree Frog. He just chillin’.

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    very well !!!!!!!!!

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    amazing..great references

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    Those things begin to repeat and get boring. Always the same things in different variations. Please something new!

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    Stunning post, thanks for posting the tips. Need to give a attempt!

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    micro photographs are TOO GOOD. Awesome images.

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    Excellent macros.

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    Jehzeel Laurente

    June 29, 2009 6:40 pm

    Yet another inspiring post. I think I need to buy my own DSLR.. woooooot!

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    ModifyEvolution

    June 30, 2009 6:51 pm

    macro photography is quite difficult, because of the nifty equipment, lightning and other techniques involved.

    Yes. Lightning is necessary for macro photographs.

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    !Qué belleza!
    Felicidades

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    Do we really need a SLR camera. Why not shoot these things with video Camera? We can choose right frame and then same the screen OR frame.

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    Radoslava Marinova

    July 3, 2009 11:36 pm

    you have very good ideas. bravo, you are sorcerer…!!!

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    woooooooooooooooooooow,just say wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

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    Some nice shots but some of these are not macro shots – i feel the author does not have a proper understanding of macro photography

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      I agree with John. Macro is defined as photographing a subject at 1:1 magnification ratio. A lot of the above shots fall within the ‘close-up’ category. They’re still darned good shots though!

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    CHICOTENN FABIAN

    July 21, 2009 9:15 pm

    TOTAL WAOOoooooooo SUPER WAOooooooo ME ENCANTAN.

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    Realmente tus fotos no se le pueden colocar una nota de un 10 y no se pueden decir que son excelentes .- Solo se me ocurre decir que tus fotos, la camara y el fotografo no son de este mundo ………………felicitaciones ………. te lo dice un adicto a la fotografia ——- SIGAN ASI

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    Wish I could see more of these, but Flickr is blocked here at work. Bummer.

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    Just love these picture. I’d love to know what kind of lens was used to take each of them.

    Matt Bamberg

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    David Hardwick Photography

    March 22, 2010 8:33 am

    Fantastic macro photography. I would love to try this out someday soon.

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    Abed Algabar Banat

    April 14, 2010 1:07 pm

    Your photos at the top of beauty and I wish you more creativity I love this theme of photography and I also hope to be half your level

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    Hi All,

    I am currently taking macro pictures on my small compact digital camera and am interested in upgrading my camera to a Nikon D5000 or the Canon EOS ti2. Any suggestion on which one I should purchase or other sugguested models?

    Many Thanks

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    Every image is so captivating!

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    Myles Thompson

    May 24, 2010 2:54 am

    Fantastic. Just spent a small fortune on a big fat camera with a chunky macro lens, focus rails, some lights – even bought a house with a room suitable for a studio. Spend so much time with the children in the garden looking at insects – seemed like a natural extension of all that rummaging around in the undergrowth.

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    what cameras and lenses did u use because i have got some that are like them and just under the same quality better than them with a lumix TZ3

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    im realy impresed what these pic so great

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    very very nice…

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