Step by step Time to spring into action
Here are half-a-dozen ways to breathe new life into your macros
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.
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.