10 quick steps for photographing creative macro masterpieces

Peter Fenech
(Image credit: Peter Fenech)

Macro photography has many more artistic options than we often give it credit for. Many photographers default to a state of functionality over beauty when it comes to capturing closeup images. This might seem a bit unfair, given the natural beauty that exists in flowers and insects. However, what we mean by this is that photographers tend to look at macro imaging as ultra-technical and mildly scientific, much like wildlife photography. 

It suddenly becomes a matter of capturing mere record shots of our subject, more than trying to create something truly artistic. This is a shame, as there are a plethora of creative opportunities to be found. Here we take a look at ten quick steps you can take towards elevated, arty macro masterpieces.


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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.