Ex­plains how to pho­to­graph eye-catch­ing close-ups of na­ture

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Macro pho­tog­ra­phy opens up a whole new world of ex­cit­ing pic­ture-mak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and al­lows you to cre­ate stun­ning images from even the most mun­dane of nat­u­ral sub­jects. The minia­ture world is a fas­ci­nat­ing place when you stop and take time to ex­plore through the ‘eyes’ of a close-up lens. De­tails that of­ten go un­seen when look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture are re­vealed in a way that trans­forms them into mys­te­ri­ous stud­ies of shape, form and colour.

With macro comes a real sense of dis­cov­ery and cre­ativ­ity that few other forms of pho­tog­ra­phy are able to match. And by ex­plor­ing the nat­u­ral world in fine de­tail, its pos­si­ble to train your­self to look for the vi­tal in­gre­di­ents needed for great macro shots. Be­ing able to spot the po­ten­tial for a suc­cess­ful im­age can take a lit­tle prac­tice, but with time you’ll soon be spot­ting likely sub­jects in ev­ery di­rec­tion.

What’s more, macro na­ture shots are not con­fined to one par­tic­u­lar style. The shot shown here is one way to go about shoot­ing a de­cay­ing fern, but there are almost lim­it­less cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties de­pend­ing on the ap­proach you take, the light­ing, the com­po­si­tion, and how much of the sub­ject you show in fo­cus.

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