Abstract photos and photography. Macro photography and images
When people first start taking photos, they seem to photograph random subjects. This is mainly to get a feel for the camera and what it does. Its only after doing this that you can really start to understand what you want to take pictures of and how to take them, then itís a question of practice. After some time, taking photos of an actual subject may become slightly boring. Its then that you can start to look closer at the light and shapes and patterns it can produce. Taking a look at unusual perspectives and using original ideas and approaches are a good way to start taking abstract photos.
Macro photography is a great way of transforming a subject into something captivating and intriguing. Abstract photography leaves more to the imagination and can help the photographer concentrate on texture, form and colour rather than the whole subject. An ideal place to start with abstract and macro photography is with flowers. You will need a good macro lens, which will allow you to shoot from about 2cm away. A true macro lens should be 60mm. A good tripod is essential and even more important is patience.
When you are taking abstract or macro photos timing can play a very important role. For example, taking a macro image of a spiderís web covered in morning dew, the slightest breath of wind will make the web shake and blow around making it very hard to get a pin sharp macro shot. Photographers like Tony Howell have made an art form out of abstract photography. His macro photography has transformed potentially unexciting flowers into exciting and intriguing images. Macro images donít just have to be of flowers they can be of anything; itís about making use of the lines, shapes and colours of a particular subject.
Extreme Boardshots have used their photographic skills to create some amazing abstract photos. You may not think that the world of surfing lends itself to abstract photography. But the nature of abstract photography means that the subject can be anything. Ever wondered what a macro photograph looks like of a surfboard? The beach and sea can let you use the light and curves of the waves to create some stunning abstract photos. Extreme Boardshots has taken some of the most boring rocks on the coastline of Devon and Cornwall and turned them into outstanding macro images. To view some of the more random, odd and intriguing abstract and macro photography Extreme Boardshots has produced, visit the image gallery on the website.