Professional Photographer to the Rescue: close-up photography tips you can trust

Professional Photographer to the Rescue: close-up photography

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post, leading wildlife and nature photographer Heather Angel shows our apprentice essential camera skills for taking close-up photography of insects and other small subjects.

Take stunning pictures of ice this winter

Take stunning pictures of ice this winter

Looking for winter photo ideas. Find out how to take stunning macro pictures of ice this winter, with tips from shooting to photo editing.

Cropping photos: how to enlarge small subjects at printable sizes

Cropping photos: expand small subjects at printable sizes in any version of Photoshop

Photographing small subjects often requires cropping photos later on the computer. Our latest Photoshop tutorial shows you how to expand your smaller subjects and enlarge subjects the safe way – at printable sizes – in any version of Photoshop CS or Elements.

Mirror Lock-up: the easy way to get sharp, close-up photos

Mirror Lock-up: the easy way to get sharp, close-up photos

Whether you’re shooting close-up macro pictures or sweeping landscape photography, you’re always going to want crisp images. Pin-sharp macro images are particularly hard to achieve because they often require small apertures, which in turn means using slow shutter speeds. Thankfully your camera’s Mirror lock-up function can help rescue your photos from camera shake.

Pictures of ferns: master your plant photography skills with this one subject

Pictures of ferns: master your plant photography skills with this one subject

You don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy pictures of ferns. The ancient plants are strikingly beautiful and a wonder to photograph. Our easy to follow tutorial shows how it’s done.

Radial blur: fake a zoom burst effect from your fixed focal length lens

Radial Blur: fake a zoom burst effect from your fixed focal length lens

Learn how to recreate a zoom burst effect in Photoshop using the radial blur filter to add extra drama to your pictures.

DoF defined: controlling depth of field in photography

DoF vs subject distance: subject far from the camera

When you focus on a subject part of the scene in front and behind it is also sharp. This sharp zone is known as the depth of field – or DoF – and understanding how to control the size of your depth of field is one of the most important aspects of photography to get your head around.

Here we take a look at the factors that affect depth of field and how you can control DoF in-camera.

Macro flower photography: a simple setup for perfect pictures

Macro flower photography: a simple tutorial for perfect pictures

Learn how to improve your macro flower photography with this simple tutorial on lighting and tips for keeping your camera steady.

Garden macro photography: tips for shooting stunning pictures at home

Garden macro photography: tips for shooting stunning pictures at home

Your garden is ripe with subjects this time of year. Read our garden photography tips and find out how to give your close-up photography a lift.

DIY Photography Hacks: make a macro studio with paper and table lamps

DIY Photography Hacks: make a macro studio - Step 1

In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we appeal to macro lovers everywhere and show you how to make a simple tabletop studio from paper and lamps.