Even when we’re in nature, it’s easy to forget just how full of life and beauty the surrounding world is—because most of it is too small to see! 20-year-old amateur photographer Sasi Kumar, from India, captures amazing macro shots of insects. And he does it all with a standard photo camera that's on his smartphone.

“Photography is about the depth of feeling not the depth of field,” Kumar shared his philosophy with Bored Panda. He explained just how important patience and passion are for a photographer to have, especially when it comes to macro photography. Scroll down for our full interview with Kumar!

Upvote your favorites of these beautiful photos taken by Kumar and let us know what you think of them in the comments below. And when you’re done with this article, check out our previous posts about macro photography here and here.

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

Amazing

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous

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Bored Panda was very interested to hear what first drew Kumar to macro photography and what the biggest challenges that he faced along the way were. Here’s what he had to say: “At first, I was going with common photo ideas, but after some days, I thought of being unique and wanted to stand out.”

That’s when he decided to try taking macro photographs. “So I tried macros and I learned them in depth.” The photographer noted that he’s still got a way to go, but he’s learning more and more photography hacks every day.

“The challenging thing in macro photography is that handling a phone with lenses is a bit difficult. If there is a minute shake that can be a photo-spoiler,” he said. “Photos could be bad and spoiled because of unexpected wind, shakes, sound, etc.” That means that patience is key.

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

I am not a bug person this is absolutely fantastic

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Night Owl
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9 months ago

Life is amazing

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Nea
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9 months ago

Ah! This is magical

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Kumar told Bored Panda that he’s an engineering student who wants to be a software developer while moonlighting as a photographer. In his opinion, insects are “beautiful creatures” that “enhance the beauty of nature.” That’s why he chooses them as the subjects for his incredible photos.

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

Wow this is just awesome

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Matthew Goodwin
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9 months ago

This looks like a baby dragon operating a spider robot

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Karen Barnhill-Dunn
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9 months ago

Team work, makes the dream work! Awesome pic of the power, strength & linking together of tiny Ants! ❣️🐜🐜🐜

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Finally, we wanted to hear whether he had any advice for other photographers. Kumar was very humble and implied that he wasn’t yet at the level to be handing out advice. However, he explained how “macro photography is all about patience, passion, and lots of dedication.”

“It also includes learning from the spoiled picture. Never stop learning in this field. Every take for a single picture may lead to an extraordinary output later. Accept mistakes from previous pictures, take both negatives and positives from feedback, suggestions, and opinions.”

“Photos are not just meant for likes, they could depict an amazing story. Perspective is everything.“

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

Wow what can you say about this picture is just perfect

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MagicalUnicorn
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9 months ago

damn, this is gorgeous

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Thomas Ewing
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9 months ago

"Mind if I bug you for a moment?"

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Kumar takes his macro photos with two smartphones: a OnePlus 6t and a Redmi Note 3. He also uses various lenses that he clips on his phones to capture shots of insects going about their day.

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

I can look at this all day is just gorgeous and very peaceful

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

he's caught the raindrops just perfect

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Carol Emory
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9 months ago

Took me a minute to realize that this was two bugs...

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Sonali Dahiwile
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9 months ago

"Show me the perfect photographer". Here he is.

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

Gorgeous just love this one

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Carol Emory
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9 months ago

Beautiful!!

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Anna Sadacca
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9 months ago

all that has to happen now is for a musician to change all those droplets of water to music notes !

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

Another great picture

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

Beautiful

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

Looks like he's saying hello

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Carolina Marshall
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9 months ago

Those eye lashes are so cute!

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

Another gorgeous picture

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Nea
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9 months ago

Oh my God, you made it so beautiful and captured the delicateness and colors so well

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Rahul Eluri
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9 months ago

God dammit bro give them some privacy

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

I like this one

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Cavallin Van Skyke
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9 months ago

This one is beautiful as well

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Thomas Ewing
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9 months ago

Aren't you glad spiders don't get bigger?

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9 months ago

Awesome

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