A Guide to Microphotography

Microphotography is the extreme form of macrophotography, dedicated to the photography of small objects from life-size to modest enlargements of up to about 20. Huub de Waard introduces us to this fascinating world of giant size insects

One of the most popular books that I read during my childhood was Eric in the Land of the Insects, written by the Dutch author Godfried Bomans. In this humorous fantasy, nine-year-old Eric enters the landscape painting that hangs on his wall and discovers a world of man-sized wasps, bees, butterflies and other insects that is stunningly similar to the world of humans. The book made such an impression on me that I have always wanted to explore such a world full of wondrous creatures myself. Once photography became a part of my life, my world was populated with grasshoppers, spiders, snails, flies, dragonflies and butterflies—Eric’s world.

Insects and spiders are literally everywhere and in immensely vast numbers. Walk through any flower garden and your first attention is probably drawn to the beautiful blossoms. But on closer inspection, you are also likely to…

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside issue 38 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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