Macro photography allows us to view a whole other world beneath our feet – sometimes quite literally!
The 20 incredible macro photographers we’ve listed below reveal an intricate world of plants, water, and insects in breathtaking detail.
1. Juliana Nan
Juliana’s portfolio has a consistently soft colour palette throughout, and the soft blur effect she has applied to the majority of her images makes viewing her work a rather soothing experience!
2. Uda Dennie
Uda’s expert use of Photoshop combined with his macro shots of insects have created a unique and charming collection of images.
3. BLOAS Meven
Ladybirds take the lead role in many of Bloas’ images, where the delicate splash of red against dewey bokeh backgrounds has been carefully considered.
4. Bug Eye
‘Bug Eye’ is one of the most prolific macro photographers of insects on 500px. He has a large portfolio of shots that include all manner of insects, making viewing his work a fascinating experience.
Nadav has added a little bit of magic to his macro shots of insects in Photoshop. He tells stories with his photography, giving great character to his subjects using clever composition and vibrant colours.
6. Ondrej Pakan
Ondrej has an extensive portfolio of macro photographs of insects. He describes photographing insects as discovering a world of small monsters, which makes him see the world around him a bit different after each visit to this micro-world.
7. Miki Asai
Miki’s macro photography focuses on the beauty of water droplets, and plays with colour and reflections with the effect of creating delicate images.
8. Dave Wood
Dave’s macro photography focuses on the patterns reflected in water droplets, which add humour and personality to his work.
In his work, Mustafa reveals the interaction of insects with one another, giving an interesting twist to a popular genre of photography.
10. Radovan Rinaldi
Radovan shoots macro photographs of flowers against simple black or white backgrounds, allowing the details of the flowers to be the sole focus of the image.
The ladybird, the frog and the spider are all frequently occurring personalities in Alejandro’s macro images. His work is playful and bright, making his portfolio a pleasure to browse.
12. Niko Vass
Niko’s photography uses minimalism, bold colours and careful composition to set his portfolio apart from other macro photographers. The main subject of his work is often a single water drop.
Eleonora’s macro images of plant life often take on a surreal and graphic quality. She works carefully with light and shadow drawing attention to the shapes of leaves and petals to create images that often more resemble paintings than photographs.
14. Shikhei Goh
Shikhei’s photography transports you to a dazzling miniature world that reveals breathtaking detail that could never be seen with the human eye.
15. Fabio Giarrizzo
Fabio’s photography of butterflies and dragonflies takes place in the natural world without the aid of studio lights and with minimum editing.
16. Popumon Tih
If you’re not a fan of spiders you might not want to take a look at Popumon’s work on 500px… but you should anyway. His stunning portraits of spiders reveal these insects in a way you probably won’t have seen before.
17. Corrie White
“I can make liquids dance!” says Corrie’s profile. And that’s certainly true. These splendid high speed shots have frozen colourful liquids into sculptures.
18. Ludmila Kudinova
Ludmila has taken some incredible shots of snowflakes revealing them in staggering detail. Not to be missed.
19. Carles Just
Carles has cleverly captured the portraits of a number of insects, and on some images the level of detail is incredible.
20. Vadim Trunov
Vadim’s extensive portfolio includes story-like images of snails, ants and beetles that are full of personality.
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