The Art of Close-up & Macro Photography

Many landscape photographers attempt to catch a glimpse of a microcosmos from time to time. Robert Thomson is a close-up photographer with over 20 years’ experience and, in this two-part series, he will explain all about the art of this genre of photography

Exploring the beauty and complexity of the natural world has been a passion of mine from an early age. I have been fascinated always with natural history especially nature’s smaller denizens and the diversity of other wildlife that co-exist with us, largely going unnoticed by the vast majority of people. One of the great advantages about engaging with the smaller world is the fact that you do not need to venture far from your own door to find something interesting to photograph. Even on days when the light on the landscape is not that encouraging, and there are many, it is always worth taking a look at the...

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Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson is an accomplished natural history photographer, writer, and naturalist living in Ireland. He is an acclaimed macro specialist and author of a number of books on natural history and photography.


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    Robert Thompson on

    Thanks Bill, I,m glad you liked it. Macro is more popular than ever, but it’s not that well covered in the photographic press. Hopefully it will encourage more photographers to engage with nature’s smaller denizens.

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    Bill McClurg on

    Excellent article Robert. As a mainly macro (or close-up) photographer of wildflowers and fungi I really enjoyed the article. Checked out your website, some great images. Looking forward to part 2.

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