Macro Photography


  • Macro photography allows us to see things up close to small objects
  • It isn't necessary to capture all of an object
  • Try zooming in to show only part of the object / plant / bug
  • Rule of Thirds can be applied to Macro images
  • Check out Flickr groups on Macro photography
  • Possible subjects include:
    • Plants
    • Food
    • Water droplets
    • Ice / Snow
    • Textures
    • Bugs
    • Flowers
    • Eyes / Fingers / Lips


  • Research Macro photography on the Internet and write a 2-paragraph entry in your journal, summarizing what you have learned
    • Try using search terms like "macro", "composition", "photography", "tips"
  • Your subject can be anything you choose!
  • The only criteria is that your photos make me say "wow!"
  • Take at least 25 Macro shots
  • Get peer feedback to choose your best 3
  • Frame and hand-in
  • No write-up


1) Correct Content

Do your photos feature extreme close-up (macro) as the main factor that makes them interesting?

2) Wow! Factor - 60 marks

Get closer and even closer. Zoom in, way in. Don't be afraid to cut off part of a face, flower, or object. Find really interesting subjects. Use shutter speed, aperture, rule of thirds, focus, and correct exposure to add to the wow! factor. Use the Elements and Principles of Design as well.

3) Professionalism

Professionalism is based on the attention paid to the accurate and careful presentation of the final project. Marks will be deducted from your skills/technical if your work is not submitted by the due date.

  • 3 electronically submitted photographs
  • 2 paragraph journal entry in Google Docs - what you learned about Macro photography
  • images must be re-sized: longest side = 10 inches
  • canvas must be re-sized: short side increased to 8 inches
  • images must be 180 dpi
  • images must be in maximum quality JPG format
  • Images must have a frame.
  • Add a title outside the frame: lower center
  • Add a date outside the frame: lower right
  • Add a your name outside the frame: lower left

Name your photos in the following way :

  • username_macro1.jpg
  • username_macro2.jpg
  • username_macro3.jpg