Big, expensive macro lenses are an essential part of the pro photographer’s kit when it comes to plants. But what if you can’t spend thousands of pounds on the right lens and the right camera? Philip Smith offers some advice.
As IGPOTY opens its ‘Macro Art’ photo project category, Philip Smith looks at the emergence of macro photography as a major photographic technique – and offers insights into what makes a big close-up an award-winner, illustrated by finalists from last year's macro competition.
After three long months of judging the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, the dust is settling and the results are in! Philip Smith considers whether the winning images are 'stunning' - or altogether more interesting than that...
Philip Smith reflects on a very successful fifth International Garden Photographer of the Year at Kew, and how wonderful it is to see photographers develop their skills and do really well in the competition.