Discover abstract macro photography.
To magnify your unique perspective, try abstract macro photography. This article outlines some helpful tips for compelling abstract macro shots.
The combination of macro photography and abstract photography can unleash unlimited creativity. To present your subject so large that it is unrecognizable is only one of many possible abstract presentations and there are many others. Take a moment to explore because the possibilities are boundless.
Tips for combining abstract and macro photography.
Plan your macro shots and envision how you can create an abstract image. Begin with an unusual perspective — at a macro level, there are endless possibilities — and experiment with light, contrast, and focus.
These ideas will get you started:
- Concentrate on lines, shapes, and textures: When your abstract photo's unique perspective is macro, you’ll find that primary lines and shapes will make the shot more interesting. Textures that cannot commonly be seen with the naked eye also intrigue an observer.
- Experiment with light: The effects of light and shadow become magnified in a macro scene. Add more light to bring out details that enhance your abstract concept or less light to create vague imagery.
- Watch for contrast: Visual contrast created by shadow or the juxtaposition of objects or colors in the scene will give you elements to work with in abstract ways.
- Change your focus: Crisp focus is essential to macro photography, but when creating an abstract image, try an out-of-focus look for part or all of the image.
- Use post-processing techniques: Capturing the image you want is just the beginning. Editing software will allow you to work with colors and other aspects of the image to create an intriguing abstract.
Unusual lines and shapes, exciting lighting effects, contrast between subject elements, and unique focus will get you started. Once you have worked with these ideas, try blending more than one photo to discover even more possibilities.
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