The Difference Between Close-Up and Macro Photography

“ I came into photography in a very simple manner. I found my father’s old Brownie camera when I was 8. I haven’t put down a camera since. My mother always promoted any artistic endeavor I took to while growing up, but for college I needed to pick a ‘real’ career. No art studies for me. I went to work in the video industry, all the while taking photos. I was the family photographer at weddings, birthdays and baptisms. Fast-forward to mid -2005. I had made up my mind to become a ‘photographer’. I had a 3-5 year plan to leave my day job. In 2007, the decision was made for me. I was laid off. I took some time to think about it. I discussed it with my family, and took the plunge. I ‘became’ a photographer. I always was one, but it was the first time I had used the word ‘photographer’ to describe what I did for a living. It’s something I’ve wanted to do all my life. I now photograph both nature and people to celebrate the wonder inherent in both. I am now living my unlived life.”

Joy will explain the definitions of both close-up and macro photography and then outline how they differ. She will provide advice and technical instruction on how best to approach both close-up and macro and use examples of her own work to illustrate the presentation.