Home photography ideas: Take amazing abstract macro images.

Shoot miniature reflection spheres on water droplets, to make abstract effects in your own garden.

Macro photography exposes new doors for creative and abstract photography. With the utilization of a lens that permits you to capture fine detail, additionally to a highly scaled-back sense of context, the close-up genre offers tremendous scope for capturing novel subjects during a world of their own.

A popular subject is water and its interaction with natural scenes. Droplets on leaves or, as is that the case with the image featured here, suspended during a spider’s web are very effective as they distort an already unfamiliar view of the planet .

By cropping in close on the droplets, you’ll resolve the background detail through them – or your surroundings are often reflected in their surfaces, as if they’re miniature lenses.

Indeed there are now products on the market designed specifically to supply an equivalent effect at a bigger scale – the Lensball for instance .

• the way to shoot with a Lensball

For the foremost dramatic results it’s often best to use the extremes of focussing distance and shoot a frame-filling composition. This removes peripheral detail and enables the viewer to specialise in the image within the droplets.

This ‘field’ compositional technique creates the sensation of repeated detail extending beyond the sides of the frame, forever, adding to the abstract nature of the scene.

Make macro magic with amazing abstracts

01. Find an appropriate subject

Look around your garden for a spider’s web which is suspended across enough of a niche to permit droplets to be isolated from surrounding elements. you ought to be ready to move the camera for multiple angles.

02 . Use closest focus distance.

To ensure that you simply are shooting at your lens’ closest focus distance, set the closest value within the focus window. Next move the lens towards the topic until it’s focussed within the viewfinder or on the LCD.

03. Vary angle

Try varying the pitch and yaw angle of the lens to bring different visible background detail into the frame. this will create different images of an equivalent subject with only minimal shift privately position.

04. Fine tune focus

Make micro adjustments to focus employing a magnified view to ensure critical sharpness. Decide whether focussing on the droplet surfaces or the reflected images yield the simplest apparent global sharpness.

05. Use spot metering

Switch metering mode and take a reading from highlights on the water droplets. This ensures that unwanted background detail is removed, creating a more studio-style lighting effect and picking out fine subject detail.

06. Add background effects

A dark background acts as a blank canvas to which we will add selective detail. Here an LED torch replicated the dappled light created by foliage, producing a tunnel-like edge effect and rim lighting the droplets.

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