They say the devil is in the detail and details are exactly what we are taking a closer look at here. Macro photography is all about bringing out those hidden details, be that with tiny objects, intricate patterns, fine machining or material properties. In this blog post we will explore how we do macro photography and just how close we can get!

So how close can we go, and how are we able to get so close?

That’s where a dedicated macro lens comes into play – we use a Canon 100mm macro lens, which is capable of 1:1 magnification – this means we can “fill the frame” of our camera’s 36x24mm sensor with an object of dimensions 36x24mm. Now that might not sound impressive, but that’s where digital comes in – with our mirrorless cameras and their vast pixel counts, this 36x24mm object could be printed on the side of a bus if required*!

* Assuming the average bus print is done at 75 dpi – a photo shot on an EOS R5 (8192 x 5464 pixels) could be printed at 9×6 feet!

In the field, we use these macro photography and lighting techniques to photograph scientific equipment, electronic components, precious metals, jewellery, antiques and medical devices.

Below are some macro examples of small objects which Sam took in the studio to write this blog post.

The machined ventilation holes on the amplifier’s aluminium case are each just 3.5mm across! (See the two pence coin across the row for scale). These images were taken using a 100mm macro lens.