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.

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

    | Macro, Photography Tips | 11/05/2013 14:00pm
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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.

    Spring photography tips: how to photograph flowers in the wild

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 08/05/2013 00:01am
    Spring photography tips: how to photograph flowers in the wild

    Taking pictures of flowers in a controlled environment such as still life photography, or even in the confines of your garden is one thing. But learning how to photograph flowers in the wild presents a whole number of new challenges. In this quick guide we show you how to think about the light and how to experiment with the look and feel of your pictures.

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

    | Macro, Photography Tips | 01/05/2013 11:00am
    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.

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