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Macro Master Leon Baas


It’s a small world after all...


What are the challenges of your work and how do you overcome these? Difficult tasks are a real challenge for me. Sometimes, I get a task to recreate emotions so the viewers will emotionally be pulled into the image and get tears in the eyes. I keep working until I get the feeling that I have to cry.. only then, I know I have the best image.


What attributes do consider vital to becoming a great ‘macro photographer’? I try to use the best equipment. Objectives, specially made for Macro Photography like Canon MP-e65 give the maximum results, a good flash and some filters are essential although sunlight can give you a good result also.


Which subjects and/or environments presented the greatest challenge? Ants are for me by far the biggest challenge, they have a nasty bite and can cover your body really quickly. Still I find them the most fun to photograph.


What are the most fascinating images you have captured?


The Praying Mantis is one of my most fascinating insects, they look and act like little people, if you walk past them they follow you into the distance and if you get to close, they take an aggressive posture that looks like a martial arts warrior.


Has your work with macro changed how you look at the world? Yes, I now look at the world in a different light, its sad how people are working on destroying the world, while insects and other animals are working to keep nature as it was intended. We can learn a lot, we as the smartest species are stupid compared to them in this case.


What inspires you for future projects? Currently I am working on a article in National Geographic that gives me a lot of inspiration.


How do you see the art of macro progressing? At the moment, I see the field of Macro Photography progressing at a rapid speed, photographers and equipment are getting better and better. What I find a pitty, is that more and more photographers use Photoshop to gain there feel and quality. I find it an art to get the images as they are on my camera, without post processing.


What are the most innovate uses of ‘macro photography’ today? Innovations are still slow. Overall there are still not enough Macro Photographers and as such well-know brands are slow to design Macro Cameras and or new technology in lenses.


What is your advice for photographers hoping to ‘master the art of macro’? Try and create your own style and don’t be afraid to experiment with alternative light. Try to create the image you have in your head and keep going until you think you have it!


What equipment do you recommend they start with? To start off with you don’t need an expensive Digital SLR camera, invest your money in a good Macro lens (Canon 100mm F2.8) and a ring flash is fun but not necessary.


Where can they learn more about your work and the world of macro? On my website you can see most of my images in the gallery, have a good look and ask yourself what you really like in a image and that way you learn what kind of style you would like to start with yourself!


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