Taking close up photographs can be great fun and quite addictive.
The strict definition of the term Macro photography is used to describe a shot taken at a 1:1 ratio; that is, the object appears to be the same size on a camera's sensor as it does in real life.
Macro photography offers the opportunity to capture a dramatic shot of any tiny object, flower, bug or a reflection in a rain drop, in the example bellow.
Opposed to the general believe, you don't need expensive macro lenses and cameras to begin with macro photography. You can probably start with the equipment you already own.
Get up close and personal with your subject and arm yourself with much patience.
These days, most compact cameras have a macro mode and are able to take wonderful macro shots.
The sample photo on this page was taken with my old point-and-shoot Canon.
Shooting outdoors after rain, you have the opportunity to photograph natural raindrops if you can find a pleasing natural setup.
A more comfortable approach is to create your own rain drops indoors, like I did.
This picture with the orchids reflected in the water drop was taken by just window light. Probably, a better result could be achieved with a supplementary light on the shadow side of the droplet.
These beautiful reflections always go unnoticed by the naked eye.
The orchid flowers are reflected in the water-drops at the end of the flower stem.
Read more about taking raindrop photos and see some more raindrop macro photos in my raindrop gallery, if you like these photos too.