Macro Monday: A Series of Electronics Macrophotographs #manufacturing #macro #photo


Color Sensor Board

Macrophotography is the photography of small things.

That’s the loose (and somewhat prosaic) definition anyway. In truth, there is no agreed upon standard for what constitutes a ‘macro’ photo — it’s rather subjective; c.f. the first three paragraphs of the Wikipedia “Macrophotography” page for a litany of conflicting and overlapping definitions.

My definition of what qualifies as “macro” is technical, but pretty loose. I use magnification as the figure of merit. Anything from about 1/5th to about 10x magnification qualifies as macro for me. Less than 1/5th magnification I’d consider “close-up” (highly scientific term) and greater than 10x I’d consider microscopy.

Now that we’ve defined our terms, here are a few macrophotographs of electronic stuff. All of them were a blast to shoot. I hope you enjoy them.


The inside of the CC3000 module.


The inside of our Ultimate GPS module.




Raspberry Pi Model B


BeagleBone Black


Arduino Yun


NeoPixel Shield


Single NeoPixel

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  1. These are beautiful, John. We were taking macro shots of various types of 3D printing filament recently and could’ve used your expertise. Next time I will remember.

  2. Wow! Those are awesome. That last Neopixel one in particular stands out. I love how it’s even turned on while you’re shooting that one 🙂

  3. Super interesting routing on the GPS module. Wish I knew more. Great images and great work John. 🙂

  4. I have always been fascinated by photos of the internals of chips, PCB close ups, etc. great stuff.

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