Some of the best macro photography subjects are also the least likely to let you stick a camera up to them. The tree frogs common in my area, for example, will scatter the moment you get within a couple of metres. It’s the same with some kinds of spiders, especially Huntsmans. But there’s a way of getting a camera really, really close to many of those kinds of subjects.
If you move the camera towards the critter in extreme slow motion — and I mean as slowly as you can manage — the critter will possibly not even notice your approach and will sit still while you get your shot. That trick has allowed me to get my camera within inches of the some of the most easily spooked small animals.
This Huntsman Spider would have bolted long before I took this shot if I hadn’t approached it in extreme slow motion.
Now I’m not suggesting you try this with dangerous critters, just like how my official advice for photographing cobras and taipans is to use a telephoto lens, and from the opposite side of a lake.