Marc often looks to other celebrated photographers to get ideas and build concepts. "I get a lot of inspiration from contests and awards, diving into the profiles of all the artists involved," he says, "particularly the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in London, England."
The next step is to find the right location. Use your local knowledge to seek out likely spots for your animal of choice and keep going back. "Go day after day, because the first time you might not get any sign that the animals are there," explains Marc. "But usually if you go three days in a row, you can spot something."
Once you've found your location, you need to consider lighting. "If you only want to light the animal then you are going to shoot at shutter speeds of about 1/100," says Marc. "But if you want to take in some of the habitat as well, then you need to set the camera to a long exposure."
Experimenting with longer shutter speeds doesn't just have to be a practical choice. If you find yourself in a city with traffic, or even just have a torch handy – this could be a great opportunity to experiment with light trails.
"If you use natural light, or a continuous torch, then you need to use longer shutter speeds and work in the widest aperture you can manage while maintaining quality," Marc says. "If you use an artificial light, you will set the camera to maybe 1/100. At the very least it has to be lower than 1/250 to work in synchronisation with the flash."
A lens like the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM has a wide aperture ideal for this kind of shooting.
One bit of kit that Marc loves using is a diffuser, particularly when it comes to macro work. "When I'm shooting frogs or toads or salamanders, their skin can be wet from the environment," he explains. "It can create an unnatural reflection, it's good to carry a diffuser to soften the light."
"The bigger the better when it comes to diffusers, but as this was macro photography and the animals we talked about are small things, you don't need a very big diffuser," he says.
If you don't own one you could even improvise and use another object to act as a diffuser, or make one at home out of paper. "I got one years ago online but in some occasions where I didn’t have it, I used this thing you put in the windscreen of the car in order to avoid the sunlight in summer. The important thing is you need to make the flash light softer, so you need something that expands the light," explains Marc.