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How to Create Abstract Macro Images in Your Own Home

Macro photography isn't just stacked images of insects and flowers. Sometimes you want to get creative and nothing makes for better abstract images than extreme close-ups.

I remember the first abstract macro image I ever tried. An amateur photography magazine was hosting a competition for images involving fluids, so I took a close up of some milk after I dropped a cherry it in. The resulting images were rubbish, my lens had milk stains on it for weeks, and I missed focus on essentially every shot. Looking back though, I had the right idea and the images could have been good had I had more experience (of which I had nearly none!) The truth is, when you're that close to even scenes people have seen hundreds of times before, you can come out with unique shots.

In this video, British photographer Alex Stead takes you through a few different abstract macro photography ideas, including the tried and tested classic of acrylic paint being dropped into a fish tank (minus the fish!) Have you tried any of these concepts? Share your results in the comment section below.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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