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Make your wide-angle macro photos pop by mixing natural and artificial lighting (part 3 in a series)

Photography is, quite literally, writing with light -- and it's lighting that can make or break a shot. With wide-angle close-ups, your challenge is to get a balanced exposure in situations where the background is too light or too dark compared with the subject and the dynamic range of the digital camera cannot embrace it.

That short distance between the front element of your...

Wide-angle macro photography: Positioning, depth of field and other tips and tricks (part 2 of a series)

 
 

Note: This is Part 2 in a series on Wide-Angle Macro Photography. Part 1 explains how wide-angle macro differs from traditional macro, and examines the approach and necessary equipment. Meanwhile, Part 2 looks at some best practices for getting excellent images. We strongly recommend you read Part 1 first.

When using...

Check out these crazy macro photos of spiders wearing raindrops as hats

 
 

Macro photos of insects can be amazing because they give you a close-up view of what these tiny creatures really look like. But what if you discovered your favorite bugs were partying it up with silly hats on their heads? And what if those hats were made of water?

Yes, it doesn't get much stranger -- or sillier --...

How wide-angle macro photography can help you capture close-ups with impact (part 1 of a series)

 
 

Macro shots have tremendous photographic appeal as they get us up-close-and-personal with a wide variety of subjects, be they insects or flowers or intricate details of much larger objects. But what if there was a way of using non-macro, non-telephoto lenses to accomplish this task? What if you could capture up-close...