Macro photography is an amazing adventure into another world of crawling bugs and spiders. And also an excellent therapy for arachnophobia and insectophobia! Florian Dzula believes that his photographs of tiny creatures can help ordinary people to look at arthropods in a new way – without fear and disgust. Will you take the risk?
Florian Dzula is a 35-year-old amateur macro photographer from Germany. Florian devotes all his free time from raising two sons and working with people with disabilities to his hobbies – looking after spiders, macro photography and maintaining an Instagram page.
Florian’s interest in photography was born after the idea of capturing his first child as a keepsake. The wife’s gift became the starting point for the future macro photographer:
“As soon as I got my camera, I wanted to know more about photography. I read a lot and watched tons of YouTube videos trying to photograph everything from nature to portraits. Later, I dug up my father’s old camera bag and found an old lens there. I realized the value of this thing and decided to buy my first Tokina 90mmf2 macro lens. 8 AT-X Macro, also called Bokina for its special bokeh effect.”
Later, Florian could no longer part with his camera and began working with more powerful lenses for photographing insects and spiders. And then the @macroflodzl Instagram account appeared.
Florian Dzula believes that macro photography opens up a completely different world that remains invisible to humans. Many people hate “little using creatures”, but as soon as you see them up close, their beauty and variety suddenly begins to open.
“It inspires me that down there there are so many small universes that are revealed to you thanks to photography. Also, many macro photographers inspired me at the very beginning – I always tried to learn about their methods of work and develop my own skills. In general, all macro photographers are well acquainted with each other and are always open to exchange thoughts and ideas. Plus, this genre is great for training patience. You can wait a long time for the right moment for the shot. ”
Florian uses a standard macro lens to create his works, which does not allow obtaining the required depth of field. Therefore, Dzula takes several photographs of his living object with different layers of focus, and then combines them together. An important feature of a photographer’s photographs is shooting “photo models” from their eye level. Thus, the author tries to present their individuality as much as possible … no, not worse. Fuller!