10 tips for superb close-ups: how to shoot macro with studio lighting

Canon Macro
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Macro photography allows you to shoot super close to your subjects and reveal a hidden world in microscopic detail. This popular, yet specialist genre, can deliver fantastic results, render subjects in incredible detail and produce abstract images too. 

However, macro can be a tricky subject matter to master. Any minute vibrations in your camera, lens or even subject will be amplified and recorded as blur in your shots. Then there's the equipment, macro lenses, reversing rings, extension tubes, ring flashes, the list goes on... It can be difficult to know where to begin!

Andy Green

Andy Green is a freelance photographer from Poole. He started out as a keen photographer 20 years ago, and now sells prints and runs 1-2-1 workshops. He’s also a photographer and animal handler at CaptiveLight, where we met up with him to photograph some amazing reptiles in their studio. His friendly, easy-going style makes his photo workshops full of fun and information. 

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