the magic of macro

Isn’t that sweet? These bug friends are giving each other piggy back rides! Er…wait…a…second…

If I ever find myself in a photography rut, or need a break from shooting portraits I can always find inspiration by taking some macro shots. It’s a nice change to focus on the tiny details in life whether they are beautiful, funny or strange (or a combination of all three!). Macro photography allows me to slow down and pay attention to my camera settings or composition a little more. 

Today, show us how you get up close and personal in your images. Express yourself!


And in the spirit of self-expression, we’re giving away another copy of our new book Expressive Photography: a Shutter Sisters Guide to Shooting from the Heart. Just leave your comment here between now and Sunday at midnight EST for your chance to win!

Updated to add: YAY Cindy! You won the book! Woot!


  1. Tammy Larson says

    That is a really great shot!!
    And thank you for sharing your talent and for the opportunity to win your book!!

  2. says

    I love your photography. I recently found your blog and am enjoying it every day. Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous shots! And winning that book sound marvelous. I would love to join in for a chance :-)

  3. yvonne says

    oh! i'd love a copy. please throw my name in the hat too. thanx.
    macro is my most favorite! i use extension tubes right now, some day…

  4. Lindy says

    Those are milkweed bugs. I got some earlier this season. I will post a macro later today. It's a perfect day for finding one.

  5. says

    Love the complimentary colors in your photo ~ I don't have a macro (yet), but I do have a 300mm zoom that lets me get up close and personal with otherwise skittish creatures.

    Here's 'Eye of the Dragonfly'

    and some more complimentary colors (and realized I really NEED a macro):

    Happy Weekend Hunting!

  6. Molly says

    oh yes please please please please!!! We saw some flies in the same type of configuration the other day, and the kids go "WOW! That is a HUGE fly!" mmmmmhmmmm. yeaaaahhhh.

  7. Mary Casey says

    I absolutely love your blog and am inspired by all of your wonderful postings. I look forward to owning a copy of your "Expressive Photography".

    Continue to change lives by your incredible visions!

    Peace to you…
    Mary Casey
    Boston, MA

  8. patricia says

    To me, macro-photography opens up a new world that we do see in any other way. I love it. I too would be thrilled to get a copy of your new book. You ladies have also opened up a new world for me.
    Have a good weekend

  9. says

    pretty much just commenting to share a bug-mating story. my little sister once encountered 2 box elder bugs mating when she was quite young and asked what they were doing. i dead-panned for a moment before responding, "they're just… making a train. that one is pulling the train." my family has since referred to the creatures as "train pullers"…

  10. Jen Smith says

    Gorgeous photo!

    Thank you for inspiring this crazy momma of two to take time to enjoy the little things in life! A cup of tea while reading your book would be a perfect afternoon! Thank you for the opportunity!

  11. Traci Reynolds says

    I would love the opportunity to learn more about macro so to win this book would be awesome thanks for this chance…T

  12. Diane says

    I would love to have that book.

    I find that I am going backwards….away from my DSLR and back to my toy camera or my Pentax K1000. My next purchase is going to be a vintage macro for my Pentax. Then I can take pictures of bugs playing. "piggy back" too!

  13. says

    I am REALLY wanting to get a macro lens, just not sure what mm to get. Love the effect of macro and shallow depth of field. And I would LOVE a copy of the book. I adore Shutter Sisters. xo

  14. says

    I prefer the Macro setting above all others. I think it's because I like to get up close and personal with what I'm shooting. Flowers that I never liked before, when under a microscope, take on an almost ethereal quality.
    You see the detail that you normally miss and makes you pay attention to the little things. It has, in all honesty, made me start paying attention to the little things in life. Who knew?!

    Also, would LOVE to win a copy of your book!

  15. says

    I have always been obsessed with the little details of things. I love using the macro setting on my point and shoot. I would sell my kidney for a macro lens for my SLR :) Here are a few of my favorites

    I could keep going, I have too many favorites, but I'll stop :)

  16. EmmyG says

    I am definitely a Shutter Sister wanna be, try to be, gonna be! Can't wait to get my hands on the book… way or another!! Thanks for the chance…..

  17. says

    Seriously! YAY!

    I was so excited to see this post. I am dying for a copy of that book.. They don't have it here in our small mountain town bookstore.

    Well, I find that I have a complete love affair with Macro.

    I am FAR from a master at it, but I happen to LOVE using it to capture the beauty of flowers and nature.

    My girl Gracie and her flowers.

    Wild flowers growing in the grass.

    My baby peonies.

    Garden Sweet Peas.

    An finally, my own local bug LOVE…although, I think that mine were doing the ummmm…BUMP.

    XOXO, jules

  18. Christine says

    I am not a professional photographer. I mostly keep my camera on automatic setting but did shoot a macro last night. I would love to win this book.

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