No 7 “Small Matters” June 15 2013
Cover by Brandi Mueller
FROM THE EDITORS
Underwater macro photography has exploded in recent years and there are those who have taken the niche to the point of obsession. Over the past decade or so, magnification levels seem to have steadily risen, as close-up lenses have increasingly become a common tool in the subsea shooter’s gear bag. Inevitably, macro nerds just keep stacking those lenses like there’s no tomorrow!
Those who don’t understand ask, “How far will this go?” The way we see it: setting boundaries is not conducive to true artistic expression. While it’s true that at a certain scale, you can’t really see what you’re going to get, the master will always approach her craft with a vision – a dream of capturing a photo of a mind-numbingly stunning animal that is no bigger than a grain of sand.
Imagine the challenge of taking a great photo of something you can barely see with your naked eye. How do you light something that small? How do you find the right angles and come away with an image that you can be proud of?
All your questions are answered in the pages that follow…
Matt Weiss, Editor (Americas)
Diego A. Garcia, Editor (Asia-Pacific and Australia)
Dietmar Fuchs, Editor (Europe & Africa)