Here’s a list of references and resources that had helped me a lot. I’ll split this into two areas:

  1. Photography related
  2. Bees related

Photography Related


  • John Shaw’s Closeups in Nature: The Photographer’s Guide to Techniques and Equipment by John Shaw. This is a an old book made during the film photography days. However the foundational contents are still applicable today. I think you will also enjoy the way John Shaw explain things. You can read the book on
  • John Shaw’s Guide to Digital Nature Photography by John Shaw. This is a more general book on nature photography. I highly recommend the section on macro. Read it before you search the internet or watch videos (of amateurs and hobbysts) on Youtube.
  • Lester Lefkowitz’s Manual of Close-Up Photography. This is the 1979 publication so can be had for cheap. Mine was a used version from a library. Just like John Shaw’s book, although the book was made during the film era, the techniques are still applicable. This is especially true for me as I use vintage macro lenses. If you’re looking for something newer then check out the 2023 publications (I haven’t read them yet)

Online Sites & Portal

  • Photomacrography – online forum for enthusiasts. There’s a wealth of knowledge shared in forum. I prefer reading to watching youtube videos.
  • Extreme Macro – this is a great site to grasp the key concepts in macro and ‘extreme’ macro photography

Bees Related


This hobby requires a bit of reading

Online Sites / Portal

  • Bee Aware of Your Native Bees (Australia) Facebook Group administered by Megan Halcroft (Dr). If you use facebook, this is a useful group to get some help with identifying bees from the experts and the enjoy bee photos submitted by group members. Additionally, the resource section contains a lot of reading materials.


All the bees for your viewing pleasure at the UQ workshop
  • Native Bees Workshop at UQ taught by Tobias Smith. Keep an eye for the upcoming session if you are in the Brisbane area. I attended the workshop in 2021 and it was really amazing! The best part was being able to see all sorts of Australian native bees under the microscope.