What is macro photography? Is it just the same as close-ups?

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN MACRO Art
(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

You’ll find the word ‘macro’ etched on the barrels of all kinds of different lenses, from ultra-wide primes to telephoto zooms. But although many lenses are marketed as having some kind of ‘macro’ function, if we want to talk in technical terms, most of these would fall short of the mark. 

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Jon Adams

Jon started out as a film-maker, working as a cameraman and video editor before becoming a writer/director. He made corporate & broadcast programmes in the UK and Middle East, and also composed music, writing for TV, radio and cinema. Jon worked as a photographer and journalist alongside this, and took his video skills into magazine publishing, where he edited the Digital Photo magazine for over 15 years. He is an expert in photo editing, video making and camera techniques.