If you are making your lists for books from Santa Claus – or you just buy them because, like me, you love good books, then here is one for your  lists: Robert Thompson’s “Close-up and Macro PHOTOGRAPHY. Its Art and Fieldcraft Techniques If you type ‘close-up’ or ‘macro’ or both into Amazon’s search facility then a range of titles comes up. A few are worth buying but some of them are clearly written to ‘fill a gap’ in a publisher’s list. Specialist photographic books can, all too often, …

by Paul Harcourt Davies Jumping in at the deep end Perhaps you’ve been  producing some nice pictures and honing your photographic skills for a while. Now you find yourself ready to expand into new photographic realms…you’ve seen dramatic close-up shots and want to take your own. There is no time like the present for a new challenge and with the launch of our new blog Learn Macro, Clay and I will regularly post in a series that will take you through the basics and way beyond. Every now and…

By Clay Bolt, Each year, beginning in late summer and moving into fall, there is a particular Beech Tree (Fagus grandifolia) that is inundated with Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator). When these aphids are young, they cover the tree’s limbs and leaves with thousands of their fuzzy white bodies, which seem to “dance” if you get too close. This had led to coining of another common name, the “Boogie-Woogie Aphid.” Ants and wasps are drawn to the copious amounts of honeydew that the insects excrete and some, such…