Are you annoyed by cluttered backdrops? Find out how to remove background distractions in your close-up shots of nature.
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Macro badges are often slapped on lenses that offer a magnification factor of 0.5x or less. However, true macro lenses deliver 1.0x, or 1:1, magnification. This means that if you photograph a small object at the lens’ closest focus distance setting, it will be the same size as the image projected onto the camera’s sensor.
This is perhaps the most important thing to know about using macro lenses. Below we’ve compiled a list of 9 other things you need to know when using a macro lens.
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Using a tripod and setting manual focus are essential for getting pin-sharp macro photography. Here we explain these and other ways to set up your camera to shoot close-ups.
The majority of photos we take are at eye-level. But often you can find amazing subjects to photograph – or even familiar subjects seen from a new angle – by getting down on the ground with your camera. Below we’ve offered our best tips for how to make shooting at ground level easier and more comfortable by explaining how to set up a camera for use at low vantage points.
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This great macro photograph of a glasswing butterfly is sharply in focus.
Off-camera flash is a great way to create a backlight effect that can boost your still life photography. It’s an easy technique to master, and can add real depth and character to still lifes.
The trick is to create a lovely light rim around your subject, which will show off its shape and edge detail – the prickles of our thistle look great when they’re lit from behind.
Creating a deep depth of field when you’re shooting macro subjects is nearly impossible, even when using small apertures such as f/22. This can be frustrating if you want your subject to appear completely sharp from front to back. There is, however, a cunning solution to this problem. By using a combination of camera technique and careful photo editing you can expand the depth of field and get super-sharp results every time.