In the required reading, I learned that the essence of macro photography is getting into the image. It's lowering and compacting yourself into a world smaller than your own and then capturing that to show as something never before seen. Macro photography allows you to take an image of something you would not normally notice or be able to see, and becaus of it we are able to see a new level of beauty. As we have learned when using manual on our cameras, everything is connected in some way. In macro photography especially, it is essential to take aperature, ISO, and shutter speed into concideration. It is important to find a good balance in your depth of field and aperture so that you have enough exposure but can also capture as much detail as possible.