It's got to that time of year where our world appears florescent with the orange and red leaves that fall from the trees. The time of year that is represented by colourful, abstract macros of leaves and wildlife. But what about us, the people that live in the rustle and bustle of cities, where the leaves are swept away by the council before the light is even up? What can we photograph?
Using the macro function, available between focal lengths of 180 and 300mm, on the Tamron AF 70-300mm tele-macro lens, I will share the top tips of achieving beautiful abstract macros within an urban environment.
– One of the first things you should consider is to look for interesting aspects that will create a more abstract macro image. Within an urban environment, these can include areas of rust, water leakage, or even puddles!
Play With Perspective
– Once you have decided upon your chosen area of interest, take the time to look at it from different perspectives. Photographing the macro at an unusual angle often gives standard macro photographs a more abstract feel.
– Incorporating sunlight into your macro image can also make your photograph appear more abstract. Including it as backlight, or creating dramatic shadows over your chosen area are just a few examples of how to manipulate the natural light to create a more successful macro image.
Depth Of Field
– Being one of the more important factors of macro photography, it can either make or break a successful macro image. It is suggested to use the manual focus in order to isolate the part of the subject you wish to focus on.
– Whilst taking macros within an urban environment, make sure the flash is off. Photographing a concrete and metal jungle, and even focusing on areas of water will mean that the light from the flash will bounce off of the subject and will therefore decrease the detail of the macro photograph.
Use A Tripod
– Concentrating on photographing tiny details of a subject automatically makes it difficult to steady your hands. With the fact that you will be using manual focus, as well as the flash being off, it is important and necessary that a tripod is used. Not using a tripod will result in blurred photographs from even the slightest of movements, so take the time to set up and position yourself to receive the best possible image!
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