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

    | Macro, Photography Tips | 23/08/2013 10:38am
    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, Photography Tips | 16/08/2013 00:01am
    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

    | Macro, Photography Tips | 07/08/2013 00:01am
    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.

    Close-up portrait photography: how to shoot unusual portraits in stunning detail

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 11/07/2013 00:01am
    Close-up portrait photography: how to shoot unusual portraits with maximum impact

    You might not realise it, but people can be some of the most challenging and rewarding subjects for macro photography. There’s almost an infinite number of ways in which the human body can be photographed, from friendly snaps to extreme abstraction.

    With close-up portrait photography you can play around with all the angles, creating unusual portraits, exotic close-ups, and abstract artistic interpretations that use extreme lighting and imaginative, original photo compositions. In this tutorial we explain everything you need to know to get started.

    9 creative photo ideas to try in July 2013

    | Photography Tips | 01/07/2013 00:01am
    9 creative photo ideas to try in July 2013

    Looking for inspiration? Look no further than these 9 creative photo ideas and photography tips to inspire your photography in July 2013.

    How to photograph anything: best camera settings for macro photography

    | Macro, Photography Tips | 17/06/2013 00:01am
    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.

    How to use an iPad or laptop as a light source for portraits, still lifes and more

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 13/06/2013 00:01am
    How to use an iPad or laptop as a light source for portraits, still lifes and more

    In our most creative DIY Photography Hacks series post yet we show you how to use your iPad, tablet or laptop as a light source for illuminating portraits, still life set-ups, create shapes in catchlights, painting with light, making backgrounds in macro photography and even cross polarisation.

    Best close-up lens: 6 top models tested and rated

    | Accessories, Reviews | 06/06/2013 00:01am
    Best Close-up Lens: 04 SRB-Griturn Close Up Lens Set

    Like fitting a magnifying glass to the front of your regular lenses, these attachments make small subjects look big. In our latest round-up of essential accessories we test 6 models to find out which is the best close-up lens.

    Close-up Filters: how to magnify your subject for amazing macro-style pictures

    | Macro, Photography Tips | 27/05/2013 11:00am
    Close-up Filters: how to magnify your subject for amazing macro-style pictures

    Want a lightweight, low-cost way of getting in really close for macro-style pictures? A close-up filter may be just what you are after. In this tutorial we explain how to use them

    How to photograph anything: best camera settings to use in any situation

    | Photography for Beginners | 27/05/2013 00:01am
    How to photograph anything: best camera settings to use in any situation

    Over the course of our new Shoot Like A Pro series we’ll show you the best camera settings to use to shoot a range of subjects within the genres of portrait photography, landscape photography, street scene, wildlife photography, close-ups and more.

    To kick things off we’ll take a look at the common camera settings you’ll want to use every time you shoot and explain how and why you might want to change them.

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