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35 Examples Of Stunning Macro Photography

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 Link

Mr. Attitude2
by Cyrus K

Mr Attitude3

Homies on Da Hood4
by Marshall Alsup

Hommies on Da Hood5

by MuffinMummy


Flower in a Drop8
by Szabolcs Vass

Flower in a Drop9

Eye of a Tokay Gecko10


Sugar Girl12


Soul Dance14


An insect16



Winter Blues19
By Ursula I Abresch.


Cold Miner21
by LordV

Cold Miner22


Flower in a Drop24

Flower in a Drop25

Treble Chef
Created by Glynn McDonald.




by Alliec2007


Recently at the fairytale forest30
by Gecko_gr

Recently at the fairytale forest31

Farewell, Old Friends32
by MuffinMummy

Farewell, Old Friends33



by Kristoffer Jonsson


Summer Refreshment38
by Frankieleon

Summer Refreshment39

Years of Lessons40
by Frankieleon


Ripples of Colour42
by Alex Bates

Ripples of Colour43

Stapelia leendertziae flower44
by Martin Heigan

Stapelia leendertziae flower45

Multi-Color Bungee46
by Frankieleon

Mulit Color Bungee47

by Alex Bates


by Alliec


by 5348 Franco


Spider with Egg Case52
by Jimmy hoffman

Spider with egg case53

Red Eye Tree Frog
by Juza

Red Eye Tree Frog

Hover Fly54
by LordV

Hover Fly55

Pseudo Scorpion56
by LordV

Pseudo Scorpion57

by LordV


Beauty of Rust60
by Frankieleon

Beauty of Rust61

Grass Drops62
by ViaMoi

Grass Drops63

Banded Demoiselle64
by Alliec2007

Banded Demoiselle65

Fred Eye66
by Snack Happy

Fred Eye67

Dew Drop68
by Alliec2007

Dew Dr69

Mother Ship70
by Frankieleon

Mother Ship71

Getting Stuck In72
by Alliec2007

Getting Stuck In73

Macro Photography Tutorials And DIY Tips And Tricks Link

Macro Photography for Beginners, Part 174, Part 275
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 Photos77
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 fensterbme79

Macro Photography Tutorial For Taking Bug Pictures80
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 dincordero82

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 leafy83

How to Take Close-Up Pictures of Small Things84
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 100086

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 Calculator87
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 Studio89
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 $0.0291
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 Cameras93
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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  1. 1

    Gerd Wippich

    June 26, 2009 7:12 am

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

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    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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    Michael Mogill

    June 26, 2009 10:18 am

    Excellent collection!

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    very cool collection. excellent shots

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    Faraz Sayyed

    June 26, 2009 10:30 am

    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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      jsoe jimenezq

      April 14, 2010 10:20 am

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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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    Awesome macro also on ;)

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    Some nice examples there… quite inspirational.

    DKumar M.

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    great article. very useful tips. thanks

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    I agree nice collection. Super sharp :)

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    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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    Beautiful shots! I love macro photography!

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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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