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10 Must-Read Close-Up Photography Tutorials

Focus on the small details by perfecting your macro photography skills with these top close-up photography tutorials.

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Here are 10 top tutorials that will get you looking a little closer at your photographic subjects as well as providing some handy tips along the way which includes lens choices, advice on lighting, set-up and more. 

 

1. 4 Top Tips For Creative Fruit And Veg Photography

 

We thought we'd put together a quick and easy to follow tutorial on photographing fruit and veg slices with a light source behind them which you can do indoors when it's raining outside. Why do this? Well, the bright light combined with a single or even a few slices of fruit or vegetable can produce an interesting 'arty' style photograph that's really easy to capture at home. 

 

2. Five Quick Still Life Photography Tips

5 Quick Still Life Photography Tips

 

This step-by-step guide will give you a great basic introduction to the world of still life photography so if you're new to the subject, or are short on time, this could be the perfect place to start. 

 

 

3. Christmas Macro Photography Tips

Bokeh lights

 

Christmas is a great time of year to try out some macro photography, with loads of trinkets and brightly coloured objects to shoot. Here are some tips for festive macro photography.

 

4. How To Photograph Kitchen Utensils And Cutlery Creatively

How To Photograph Kitchen Utensils And Cutlery Creatively 

Once you start searching, you'll find plenty of objects in the kitchen that have photographic potential. Things like pots and pans, colanders and, as here, a trivet can be pressed into service as subjects. A kitchen work surface will make a perfectly good background but so can the sink or any material you have in your house. Objects can be arranged on the worktop in various compositions, with the camera and lens aimed downwards.

 

 

5. Autumn Close-Up Photo Tips For Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

Autumn Close-Up Photo Tips For Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

 

Autumn is the perfect time for capturing close-up/macro shots and this is something you can do even if you're a compact user who doesn't have an arsenal of lenses at their disposal. Be on the lookout for subjects that have interesting textures or are full of colour, plus look on the ground as well as up at the trees as you'll find conkers and other interesting items that make the perfect subject for an Autumn macro shot. 

 

 

6. How to Photograph Fungi In 10 Easy Steps

Fungi

 

if you're venturing into the world of fungi photography for the first time or just want a quick reminder on what kit you'll need, have a read of our guide on photographing mushrooms, toadstools and fungi.

 

 

7. Macro Photography Tips - Raindrops On Windows

 

Raindrops on windows produce interesting patterns which can be photographed with ease on days when venturing outside will just soak you and your camera. Choose a window that has interesting raindrop patterns and that is facing a plain background. The background should be a long way off so a window into a garden with trees, grass or a fence at a good distance is ideal. The choice of background can really make a difference; a light background such as a sky will often result in the droplets having a darker more defined outline while a dark background will make the centres of the droplets more prominent.

 

8. Do I Need A Tripod For Macro Photography?

Macro moss shot

 

Outdoor macro photography, particularly during the Autumn months, can be very rewarding but as you'll most likely be doing some walking, you may be wondering if fastening a tripod to your camera bag is really necessary as, after all, they can be heavy and a bit awkward to carry. Well, the quick answer to this question is 'yes' but here are 6 reasons that'll further explain why you'll be annoyed at yourself if you don't pack your tripod when heading out of the door. 

 

9. 6 Outdoor Flower Photography Tips Every Compact User Needs

Purple flowers

 

Just because you're a compact user doesn't mean you shouldn't shoot outdoor flower shots. In fact, with these few tips, you'll soon be on your way to capturing excellent examples of flower photography. 

 

10. Ten Top Macro Photography Tips

 

Macro and close-up photography allows us to see the world from a different viewpoint and sometimes, shots can be almost magical with what they unveil. Plus, with so many subjects waiting to be captured, you really can put your macro photography skills to the test and, you don't have to venture much further than your own garden either. 
 
To get you started, here are our 10 top tips on capturing images with close-up/macro lenses. 

 

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