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.

Camera lenses explained: how to get sharp photos using macro lenses

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In the fifth and final part of our Shoot Like A Pro Series on how to get the sharpest photos possible with your camera’s lenses, we explain how to explore the close-up potential of macro lenses and discover a whole new world in almost any and every photo location.

Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos using telephoto lenses

Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos using telephoto lenses

In the third part of our Shoot Like A Pro Series on how to get the sharpest photos possible with your camera’s lenses, we explain how extending the reach of your photography with a telephoto lens can help 
you capture scenes that are beyond the scope of other optics.

Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos using prime lenses

Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos using prime lenses

In the second part of our Shoot Like A Pro Series on how to get the sharpest photos possible with your camera’s lenses, we turn our attention to prime lenses. In this post we explain why you might wish to swap the convenience of a zoom lens for the speed and quality of a prime lens to drastically improve the quality of your photos.

Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos with any type of lens

Camera Lenses Explained: how to get sharp photos with whatever lens you've got

Our latest Shoot Like A Pro series aims to help you understand how to get the sharpest photos possible with your lenses. All the camera lenses explained in this series are common optics used by most photographers. Over the next several weeks we’ll explain how to get sharp photos with all types of camera lenses, from prime lenses, telephoto lenses, fisheyes to macro lenses. This week we start with wide-angle lenses.

Lens distortion correction: improve lens performance with in-camera adjustments

Lens distortion correction: how to improve lens performance with in-camera adjustments

Not all of us can afford expensive lenses, but that doesn’t mean we have to put up with poor quality images. In this quick tutorial we’ll show you how to make simple in-camera adjustments to fine-tune your lens’ performance and help eliminate imperfections like colour fringing and chromatic aberrations.

DIY Photography Hacks: make a DIY tilt-shift lens from an ordinary optic

DIY Photography Hacks: make a DIY tilt-shift lens from an ordinary optic

If you’ve ever wanted shallow depth of field effects but were put off by the price of tilt-shift lenses, our technique editor Chris Rutter explains in our latest DIY Photography Hacks post how he converted an old lens at a fraction of the price.