by Harvey Smart
The theme of issue 24 photography competition is ‘Close-up’, so here are a few tips on how to get great pictures when you’re shooting up close or ‘macro,’ as photographers call it.
The best way to get macro shots is on a DSLR with a specialised lens, but most smartphones nowadays have an in-built macro setting and can easily produce some really great close-up shots to rival those of a DSLR.
Have a play around with whatever device you have to see how close you can get to a subject while still being able to focus.
When looking for interesting things to photograph close up, lots of people go straight to insects, but these can be hard to find and shoot, as they rarely make willing subjects.
But some of the most fascinating things from a close up perspective are things you see every day.
Look at everyday things like the texture of a leaf, the paw of a pet, the pattern of a flower, or the intricate details of a piece of jewellery.
This is one I took of a dandelion.
Make sure to play with different angles and perspectives to reveal something new and interesting in your photos, while taking your time to get the lighting and focus right.
Finally, don’t forget to experiment and have fun!
Close-up photography can be a great way to explore and appreciate the small details in the world around us.
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