The Outsider – Photography in Algoma

Macro Photography

Updated: By James Smedley

Photography in Algoma provides incredible opportunities for broad scenic landscape shots. But like any complex and beautiful wilderness, narrowing in on the tiny details of the beach, the water, or forest floor provides tremendous opportunities for captivating shots.


Close-up or macro photography is best done with a dedicated macro or micro lens or with a lens/camera with a macro setting.

When tightly focused on tiny subjects the success of the photo is very sensitive to movement – of the camera or the subject. If we are taking a shot of a subject that’s not moving – like a pattern in the sand or a still blade of grass – a tripod is the answer for sharp focus. Moving subjects – like insects or a flower swaying in the wind are more problematic but can be photographed successfully with persistence, patience and a bit of good luck.


There are many other considerations. Things like blur, bokeh, and depth-of-field all play a role in creating an intriguing macro image.

Close-up/macro photography is just one of the many themes we will be exploring at the Superior Woods and Waters Photography Workshop.

About James Smedley

Professional photographer and writer James Smedley’s contributions - more than 400 written pieces and close to 1,000 images - to U.S. and Canadian books, magazines and newspapers have earned him over 40 National and International awards. In addition to teaching photography workshops, James is Travel Editor at Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine. James has fly fished for brook trout and arctic grayling in far northern rivers and continues to cast for trout, bass and steelhead near his home in the northern Ontario town of Wawa where he lives with his wife Francine and daughters Islay and Lillian.

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