The Club witnessed an enjoyable and informative presentation by Michelle Whitmore on macro-photography. Macro-photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.
Michelle started by sharing some imaginative ideas on a range of cost-effective lighting equipment and creating backdrops using commonly available materials. She then detailed the various approaches that can be used to convert a standard camera lens to take macro images using extension tubes and/or inexpensive close up lens filters. The resulting images from various equipment combinations were then compared. In the second half, a wide range of images of everyday items were shown accompanied by an explanation of how the images were obtained. In fact many of the images had been taken by her grand-children which shows that macro-photography can be “child’s play” and the major limitation to what can be achieved is primarily our own imagination.