What Does Macro Photography Mean When Talking About Taking Photos?

The term ‘macro photography’ describes the art of taking close-up photographs of subjects. Traditionally for a photograph to be considered a true macro photograph the subject should be rendered  as life-sized or larger than life-sized. A lot of modern cameras feature a ‘macro mode’ which allows the camera to achieve focus on an object at extremely short distances, but this generally doesn’t allow for the minimum 1:1 magnification ratio required for a true macro photograph. True macro photography requires the use of a macro lens which combines high levels of magnification with extremely small minimum focus distances to render highly detailed photographs of subjects in extreme close-up.

A macro photograph of a snowflake shot using the Canon MP-E 65mm Macro lens. Image: Dan Carr