A macro lens isn't going to be one that you pull out in every situation: it has a specific job, but it does it extremely well. That purpose is to magnify the most minute of details to life-size.
Macro lenses have a place in many types of photography. You'll spot a macro lens in the bag of nature photographers chasing the perfect flower or insect photo. You'll also find them in a wedding photographers' kit, ready to capture that stunning ring photograph.
There are many choices when it comes to choosing macro lenses. What focal length should you choose, and what should you know about magnification ratios? In the video lesson above, you'll get practical tips for both choosing and using macro lenses.
A macro lens certainly won't be the only one in your collection. To create a variety of photo scenes, you'll also need a varied lineup of lenses.
You'll learn all about the lens lineup in my course What Every Photographer Should Know About Lenses. See what each type of lens can do for you and how you can use them to create the scene you have in mind.
Check out these other lessons that will help you learn to build out your lens lineup:
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