We'll meet a Dudleys Bookstore and for those of you that haven't experimented with macro - I'll show you how to take pictures like this. It is the lips of an orchid. They are about 3mm high.
We'll set up two or three subjects to shoot. I'll bring an Orchid! I'll also bring the macro-photographer's best friend - the water spray bottle.
What do you need for Macro? If you have a DSLR you need either (1) a dedicated macro lens or (2) a macro extension tube that fits your camera and lens or (3) a reversal ring and a manual prime lens. 1 and 2 are good options, if a little expensive. 3 is cheap but more complicated.
You also need a good tripod. And you need to learn how to use your camera in manual mode (manual aperture, exposure and focus). To get pin-sharp images you also need to know how to switch off your image stabilization and to use the mirror-lock on the camera (that flips up the mirror a couple of seconds before opening the shutter to allow any vibrations to settle down). A cable or wireless shutter release comes in handy. Wow - a lot to remember, huh?
Once you take the photograph - you are a long way from being home-and-dry. I find that I always need to do a fair amount of post processing to get the most out of my macro pictures. Color balance, contrast and all the usual stuff.
If you have a point-and-shoot - don't feel left out. Many compacts have excellent macro capabilities. However, you still need a tripod and you should learn how to use the manual settings. In particular, read your manual and figure our how to switch off that darned image stabilization!
See you at Dudleys. Tom.