In his workshops, Charles Needle often asks his students if they understand the difference between “looking” and “seeing....
by Charles Needle
In his workshops, Charles Needle often asks his students if they understand the difference between “looking” and “seeing.” That difference is what lies at the heart of Needle’s intuitive and inventive approach to macrophotography. By really seeing the world before him—with his eyes, his mind, and his emotions—Needle is able to transform mundane scenes and subjects into magical realms and beguiling figures. As you follow with him through the process of subject selection, scene creation, lighting, composition, and more, you too will discover how taking a more permissive approach to every aspect of image creation allows you to devise more inventive solutions and more resonant images. Needle’s inviting, can-do approach to every aspect of his craft beckons you to take part—to create, to feel, and to engage with the world as you design amazing images of it.