What is a macro lens? Magnification and minimum focus distance explained

Using macro lenses: how much magnification do you need?

In our latest photography cheat sheet we answer the question ‘What is a macro lens?’. In our infographic we explain some of the finer points of using macro lenses and illustrate the effects different magnifications can produce with your subjects.

Macro nature photography: tips for taking pin-sharp close-ups of flowers and insects

Macro nature photography: tips for taking pin-sharp close-ups of flowers, lichen and butterflies

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue series post our pro shares his best macro nature photography tips to help our apprentice learn how to take pin-sharp pictures of wildflowers, lichen, butterflies and much more.

Close-up Photography: creative ideas for photographing everyday objects

Close-up Photography: creative ideas for photographing everyday objects

How can you make small things look good? The secret to creative close-up photography isn’t in the things, but in how you approach them. And especially how you frame them.

Learning lists of rules can help you think about photography, but they can be more confusing than useful while you’re trying to do it. Aim instead for the sweet spot between theory and practice, and you can make both work well for you. In this guide we’ll explain some easy ways to strike that balance with your close-up photography and show you how to make interesting pictures from just about anything.

Garden photography tips: how to take professional pictures of plants

Garden photography tips: how to take professional pictures of plants

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post we share our best garden photography tips for any camera, in any garden! Our quick guide shows you how to compose, expose and how to take professional pictures of plants you can be proud of.

How to photograph anything: best camera settings for macro photography

How to photograph anything: best camera settings for macro photography

In the fourth part of our Shoot Like A Pro series on how to photograph any subject you want we take a closer look at the best camera settings for macro photography. Getting sharp macro and close-up photos takes time to master, but here we show you all the best camera settings you should use to shoot classic macro compositions, shoot handheld and shoot shallow depth of field.

Macro flower photography ideas: create fake dew drops to act as miniature lenses

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When shooting macro photography, it’s often the small details that complete an image. And adding drops of water to your photo composition can serve to magnify the finer details of your subject for a striking effect. Here’s how it’s done.

DIY Photography Hacks: make a powerful macro lens with an empty toilet paper tube

DIY Photography Hacks: make a powerful macro lens with an empty toilet paper tube

We’ve covered a lot of clever techniques in our DIY Photography Hacks series, and this latest is one of our favourites – both because it’s so simple and the effects are amazing! In our quick tutorial below we show you how to use an empty toilet paper tube as an extension to transform your 50mm standard lens into a powerful macro lens.