Micro - Macro, it is basically all the same!! Most people refer to it as Macro Photography. Macro photography is the art of taking close-up pictures that show details that you cannot normally see with the naked eye. It gives you a snapshot into the world of the very small, which we typically do not even notice as we hurry though our day.
I have been looking into trying it but did not want to invest a lot. I tried close up filters (thread on to your lens), they worked and I was able to achieve some interesting close ups but it just was not enough, nor was it very convenient.
Craigslist is my friend!! I located a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG lens for a reasonable price. I headed up to Manchester NH and checked the Lens out. All is well so I bought it!
First thing I learned is I knew nothing about Macro... It takes some work. Issues are shallow depth of field and especially at close focus and open lens to get light. If you are not open enough, speed will be slower and then motion blur. Tripod, Flash, these all help. After some tips from Nikonites members, and considerable practice, I began to produce some decent shots!
I still have a lot to learn but I am getting better and most important, I am having fun with macro! I am glad that I gave it a try and I plan to do a lot more in the future. I am pleased with my Sigma Lens!
Thats all for now... Get out and Shoot, and Have Fun!
Pat in NH