I thought I knew enough of what there is to know about macro photography. After all, you just get a macro lens and off you go, right? Well, that's the same mistake I made with a flash gun. Last night I went to the camera club to get some practice with still life photography. We were encouraged to bring our macro lenses. Soon, I drifted from still life, to close-up, to macro. It was all very muddled. I realized I "knew not what I knew not". I came back and did some googling research to find out more. Here is a website that gives a very good overview of what macro photography is all about: http://homepages.tig.com.au/~parsog/photo/macro.html .
Here's what I have learned:
1. The difference between close -up and macro is a matter of degree. I like to think of macro as pictures of small objects or things that normally we would not see except when magnified for viewing. Of course, that's not the technical definition, but who cares? Close-up photography is often mistaken for true macro, so my definition helps to differentiate between these two.
2. There are many approaches to shooting macro (read the webpage given above). I realize there's lots more to macro than I am ready for, so I don't see myself getting into it in the near future.
(By the way, I will be away in Apollo Bay for the next few days, so I won't be blogging in the meantime)