5 Important Benefits Of Macro Photography In Nature

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5 Important Benefits Of Macro Photography In Nature

5 Important Benefits Of Macro Photography In Nature

I would like to thank Jodi for having me as a guest blogger.  My name is Mike Moats and I am an award winning, full time professional nature photographer that specializes in macro photography.   I started out in 2001 with my first camera and lenses purchased used on ebay.  I was going to be a landscape photographer but soon found that living north of Detroit. Michigan didn’t offer enough interesting landscapes, and I had limited time and money to travel.  I bought a macro lens a decided to explore the world of what I now call “tiny landscapes”.  I soon found out that there was an abundance of subject from flowers, leaves, plant life, insects, etc, to keep me busy all year long.

Here are 5 benefits of macro nature photography.

1. Shooting close to home

There is an abundance of interesting subjects from your backyard to the local park systems.  Ninety percent of my images you will see on my website are from two parks within twenty minutes of my home.


2. One Lens

Macro doesn’t require that you have a lot of lenses.  I shot for many years with just one lens, and only within the last year did I broaden my macro lens stable.






3. Subject matter changes every month


With the four seasons, we have an ever-changing environment month by month.  I can revisit the same areas every couple weeks and find new subjects. It’s a constant cycle evolving from life to death.

4. Shoot any time of day


Landscape and wildlife photographers have limited control over lighting and tend to shoot early morning and late evening which offers the best light.  Because of the small subjects macro photographers work with, we have the ability to control our light by using diffusers and reflectors, so we can shoot any time of the day.

5. Your own personal art


Every image that you view on my website is an original.  They are subjects that were present for a brief moment in time, until the environment erased them forever.

When you get a chance, stop by my website and check out more of my images, my Macro Boot Camps, and books.

I’ll stop by again and gives some tips on macro in nature.

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  1. October 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm —

    Thank you all for the kinds words. Macro is not that hard, just takes some time spent in the field shooting and one of my, Macro Boot Camps.

  2. Juli L.
    October 25, 2010 at 12:47 pm —

    I love macro photography, but have had little practice at it. I’ve just recently started to use my macro lens more and love it…this post makes me want to go out in my backyard and see what I can discover. Thank you for the inspiration! Beautiful images!!

  3. Julie P
    October 25, 2010 at 11:02 am —

    Thank you for this guest post! I love macro photography…saving up for a macro lens! Glad to see info here at MCP about nature photography!

  4. October 25, 2010 at 10:27 am —

    It’s so true! I’ve been devoted to macro nature photography for many years now and it’s amazing and wonderful for all the reasons you’ve outlined, and more. Nature is the most wonderful artist ever to behold.

  5. October 25, 2010 at 9:28 am —

    Mike, thanks for sharing your personal art. Your photography site has so many stunning images. A macro lens is on my wish list! The reflection of the daisy in the waterdrops. WOW.

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5 Important Benefits Of Macro Photography In Nature