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.

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.

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.