I’ve spent many years trying (and failing miserably) to get that perfect close-up photo. Place your object somewhere near an open window so you get natural light with soft shadows. Hold the camera very steady, ideally using a tripod if you have one so you don’t get motion blur. We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers. 1) For a good introduction to and overview of photography in a clear yet colourful manner, I really can’t recommend this book enough. 2) Regularly use software that makes it easy to see which settings you changed (and which you didn’t) when you look back at your images. 3) Try to isolate the object from any close surroundings so that the background (in this case the leaves) blurs nicely in contrast to the crisp petals.
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Focus is key in any kind of photography, but it’s especially important in close-up photography.
But when you take a close-up shot, you’ll find that you start to experience a shallower depth of field where only part of the image will be in sharp focus. This means that focussing on the desired part of a close-up image is essential in order to get your main subject in sharp focus.
Think about the composition of your shot, and which part of the image you want to be in focus. You’ll see on the screen whether or not that part of the image sharpens as the background drops out of focus.
It may take several attempts to get the focus exactly right, and you may need to move nearer or further away from your subject to achieve sharp focus.
Another tip that I find helpful in achieving the desired focus is to zoom in slightly on your subject.
When taking a photo of something close up, it’s very easy to forget about what appears in the background of your image. Ensure there are no items that will distract from the main subject of your image, and keep an eye on the horizon. A textured, uniform background such as a wall, fence or rippled water can also provide a great backdrop for your subject. Think about which part of the image you want to be in focus, and make sure you tap the screen to set focus on that area. If you’re not sure which part of a busy scene you should have in focus, tap different areas of the screen to find what looks best. Composition is just as important in close-up photography as it is when shooting wide open landscapes. It’s always a good idea to have the rule of thirds in mind when composing a photo, and this remains true for close-ups. Imagine your viewfinder to be divided into nine equal sections, then think about lining up elements of your image along these lines or at the places where the lines intersect. In the image below, the focal point lies at the top right intersection of the thirds lines, and the background fills the bottom third of the image. Choosing which part of the subject will fill the frame allows further artistic control of the image. If I’d chosen to photograph the entire dandelion in the photo above, it wouldn’t have been possible to show the detail that becomes apparent with a closer cropped image. Try crouching down low, or even lying on the ground, so that you can shoot from a very low angle.
By changing your position relative to the sun, you can use that bright light to highlight color and detail as it shines through the petals. During fall, look out for those beautiful red, brown and yellow leaves on the ground as well as in the trees. Nature is full of wonderful surprises, and the unusual often make great photo opportunities.


A falling oak leaf caught and suspended by a fine strand of spider web made for a great shot on a foggy morning. The combination of the foggy backdrop and the close-up view of the leaf work together to make sure the leaf stands out in the shot.
In the photo below, a delicate feather caught in tall grass in the summer provided a similar opportunity. The slightest breeze or movement of the iPhone will affect the focussing in this type of shot.
In this shot, a pool of rainwater caught in a fallen leaf after a heavy downpour gave an unusual abstract view of the forest above.
When the sun is low in the sky, your subject will be lit from the side rather than above, enhancing shadows and textures. The light is softer and less harsh during golden hour which minimizes the chance of glare and light spots. Cloud and fog also works well as it diffuses the sunlight, creating a nice soft and uniform lighting for your subject.
If you want to capture moody shots without any harsh shadows, make the most of foggy and overcast cloudy days. To help achieve this bokeh effect, a good tip is to compose your shot in such a way that bright sunlight is filtered through trees or a hedgerow behind your subject. Another way to make use of light is to capture beautiful sun rays to add an ethereal feel to a shot. With the sun low on the horizon, get yourself down low and shoot directly into the sun for wonderful end results.
Silhouettes are perfect for showing the variety of wonderful shapes and forms that nature has to offer. When you’ve composed your shot, tap to focus on your subject in the foreground, then swipe up or down to adjust exposure (image brightness).
When you’re shooting landscape photos, a great technique is to include objects in the foreground to create a sense of depth and scale. Don’t be afraid of getting really close to the foreground subject, so that the background is thrown out of focus. Always keep your eye out for interesting bits of nature that you could use in the foreground of your photos. You can get pretty good close-up shots with the iPhone alone, but if you’re craving more detail, a macro lens add-on such as an Olloclip is a great option. These lenses often simply clip on and off your iPhone as you need them, and they come in a range of magnifications. This means you need to think carefully about which part of the subject you want to be in focus. The out of focus parts of your shot are just as important in contributing to the overall effect though, so use the shallow depth of field to your advantage. It’s always worth checking the weather forecast before setting off out into nature, particularly if you plan to take some close-up shots.
Windy weather will make it hard to get those close-up shots in focus because your subjects are likely to be moving, so try to plan to go out on a nice still day. To activate burst mode and take multiple shots with your iPhone, simply keep the shutter button held down when taking your picture. Make the most of early morning mist or a rain shower as these kinds of weather provide the perfect opportunity to get great water droplet shots. Once you’ve captured your close-up photos of nature, don’t forget to consider post-processing as part of the image creating process. There’s a huge range of apps available on the App Store that can facilitate creativity in your image processing. With a few simple steps you can add textures, increase contrast to bring out details, change tones to add warmth, or convert an image to black and white for a dramatic effect. As you start trying to take close-up shots of nature, your biggest challenge will be getting the focus right. Be reassured though that the iPhone camera can be used successfully for great close-ups, so stick with it and you’ll be more than happy with the results.


Remember to take lots of shots to make sure you end up with a final image with the focus just the way you want it.
Get creative by photographing your subject from different angles and directions, and think about how you fit and crop your subject in the frame.
He's a sweet, mellow guy - loves sunbathing, rest his chin on you, nudge your hand with his cute snout, sits under a table, and pulls his own leash when going out. If you have manual focus and know how to use it then you’ll be able to get even closer. Once you start paying attention to the little things, you’ll discover a whole new world of photo opportunities. Pinch the screen to zoom in and out. As you do this you’ll see a slider appear on the screen which you can also use to zoom.
But for convenience, simply hold your arm or phone against something fixed such as a wall, tree or rock. These make great supports to steady your phone when taking a shot, especially when you’re down at ground level.
Choose a natural background canvas such as grass, a wall, or sky by changing the angle you take your shot from. The choice to set the barbed wire against the grass background allows the detail to be seen, and the sheep in the background add depth and interest.
Getting down low allows you to fill the background with sky which allows for minimal distraction from the shapes of your subject. As you increase the distance and focus on your subject, the loss of focus of the background ensures that it’s not distracting and that your subject stand out clearly.
The photo above shows how the out of focus background allows the subject to stand out clearly.
So another approach is to fill your image with a mixture of the best that nature has to offer. You can use a wonderful mix of colors, shapes, webs and droplets galore. Sometimes you’ll want to include the entire subject, but as you get closer this may not be possible. You might find yourself in some strange positions, but it will be worth it to get that unusual perspective! Looking up from beneath some flowers will change your subject completely, creating a more unique view of the scene. So remember to steady your iPhone against something solid if possible, and take several shots so that you can select the best one later. For detail on close-up shots it’s best to avoid taking shots during the middle hours of the day.
For example, you can create beautiful bokeh effects where the shallow depth of field produces wonderful circles of light, as shown in the photo below.
And when the temperatures drop, you’ll be treated to a whole new shiny world with fabulous ice crystals created by frosts and snowfalls.
Once you start photographing them, you’ll begin to see tiny details that you’ve never noticed before! This beauty is all around us, but we often only notice it once we start taking photos and looking more closely.
He loves chasing squirrels and cats, but it's getting more difficult now because he runs like a snail. In this tutorial you’ll discover 14 top tips for taking the most beautiful close-up iPhone photos of nature, including flowers, leaves, feathers, spider webs and water droplets.
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