There are times when a commercial client needs a very large item photographed. One of the largest product I have ever photographed was a piece of machinery three quarters the length of a football field. The amount of equipment and time required to shoot something this large can be quite daunting. Subjects this large may seem to the casual observer to be the most difficult to capture. But looks can be deceiving. Many commercial clients need images of very small products.
Macro photography requires specific tools and techniques. Items this small become more and more difficult to see with any detail. There are very tight tolerances when setting lighting, focus, and exposure. The photographic set is typically very small and the slightest movements and changes in angle, reflection, and focus can affect the image profoundly. It becomes an even harder task to capture a sharp image when your subject is moving.
The praying mantis in this photo was an unwilling subject and it's movements were very difficult to predict. Patience is key. This mantis is actually considered large when it comes to macro photography. I work with products as small as the bearing tip of a ball point pen. It is quite common when working for a high tech industry to capture images requiring the use of microscopes and other high magnification equipment.
Macro photography continues to be one my favorite types of work. Nothing brings out creativity more than seeing something new and exciting for the very first time.