Step by step Time to spring into ac­tion

Here are half-a-dozen ways to breathe new life into your macros

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While you can use macro lenses to take a closer look at re­ally tiny sub­jects such as in­sects, cap­tur­ing ev­ery de­tail, you can also use them to get bril­liant images of larger sub­jects and make the most of the way the change in per­spec­tive makes familiar things seem in­cred­i­bly dif­fer­ent.

Light it up

Snow­drops are one of the first signs of spring. Try us­ing a small LED light or flash­light to high­light shots of them or other blooms. You don’t need a fancy light – we used a moun­tain bike light to il­lu­mi­nate our flower and fill in shad­ows. Us­ing lights like this will also en­able you to use faster shut­ter speeds and smaller aper­tures.

Go ab­stract

Af­ter tak­ing the ob­vi­ous shot, try some­thing more ab­stract. Us­ing the leaves and stems of plants, we’ve cre­ated a blend of curves and shapes here. The close-up abil­i­ties of macro lenses mean you can get close enough to the leaves to elim­i­nate the back­ground and also have in­cred­i­bly shal­low depth of field, leav­ing an in­ter­est­ing, but less recog­nis­able, sub­ject.

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