I first tried macro photography about a year ago. At first I hated it. Macro photography can be very difficult; getting what you want in focus is the biggest challenge. But as I have done a few different projects I have grown to love it! You can find so much hidden beauty and enchantment in everyday objects. For example, you would never think of pink lipstick as being aesthetically pleasing, but add in a cool background and a water drop or two and you’ve got a great photo. A simple little key on a mirror creates a very interesting shot. And while a shell might look beautiful at it’s normal size, a macro view gives you a whole new appreciation for that beauty.
The first key to getting a great macro shot is by using a macro lens, macro tubes, or a macro filter. (In this case I used macro tubes.) The second key to macro photography is using manual focus. When you are up that close and personal with an object there is too much at the same distance for auto-focus to do its job. My teacher, Caryn Esplin, has given me quite a few pointers on macro photography.
Somnia Photo has got some great examples of macro still life photography.