Macro Photography in Your Backyard and Garden: The B&H Photography Podcast


On this week’s episode of the B&H Photography Podcast, we return to the 2022 OPTIC Conference for two enjoyable and pragmatic segments about macro photography. While both photographers we speak with are well-rounded professionals, their not-so-secret joy is crawling around in gardens and woods, making beautiful close-up macro photographs of insects, plants, and the tiny wonders of nature.  

Our first guest is Chris McGinnis, who specializes in spider and insect photography and is an OM SYSTEM Ambassador. Our chat with McGinnis is incredibly elucidating, not only about OM SYSTEM lenses and cameras, but also about computational photography and his macro techniques with flash. 

After a break, we welcome Sigma Ambassador Heather Larkin to discuss her macro work with flowers and to learn a bit about her specialty portrait work. Primarily, we discuss the wealth of macro subjects available in your own backyard and garden, but we also learn of the latest Sigma macro lenses and a few very specific tips for approaching your subjects and maintaining focus. Join us for these insightful conversations on macro photography

Guests: Chris McGinnis and Heather Larkin 

Photograph © Chris McGinnis  

Jumping Spider © Chris McGinnis
Lady Beetle takes flight © Chris McGinnis
Japanese Beetle © Chris McGinnis
Mantis © Chris McGinnis
Polished Lady Beetle © Chris McGinnis
© Heather Larkin
© Heather Larkin
© Heather Larkin
© Heather Larkin
© Heather Larkin

Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Shawn C Steiner