Essential guide to close- ups
Few, if any, areas of photography offer such 24/ 7 shooting possibilities as close- ups. in rain or shine, outdoors or indoors, during the day or at night, there's never a time or a place where close- up photography isn't possible. You'll need to invest in some extra kit for great close- up results but, as we reveal shortly, you can pick up some excellent accessories for very little outlay, so while desirable, a dedicated macro lens is not necessary to shoot small subjects at high magnification. The intricate nature of close- up photography requires you to practise some core skills, in particular focusing and aperture control, while also developing an eye for composing in close- up and making the most of the extremely limited depth- of- field. The world of close- up photography is full of challenges but it's also one that is packed with rewards, so while your early attempts may not yield the quality you hope for, follow the advice in this guide, keep at it, and you'll soon have the fundamental skills you need to capture classic close- ups. Soon, you'll be exploring your home, garden, street, park and further beyond for great photos and, as you'll discover, there is no shortage of possibilities.