Complimentary colours zing off the page. Complimentary colours are those opposite each other on a colour wheel (See below). Here I deliberately placed the green apple against the red door.
Play with focus and crop
If you choose colours opposite each other on the colour wheel they will have the strongest contrast.
Canon EF50mm f/1.4USM
1/320s at f1.8
In this photo I hint at the story; a family day out collecting apples. The mum is in focus, the children are blurred in the distance. I focused the lens on one of the apples in the basket and set a fast shutter speed, the children where moving quite fast. This is quite a contemporary way shot, it leaves you to imagine how the story plays out.
Canon 100mm f/2.8
1/50s at f2.8
The great thing about cameras today is that lots have a macro function, even smart phones and although I took this shot using a macro lens (macro lenses allow very close-up photography) I could get something like this with my smart phone or compact. However, you will need to steady the camera by using a tripod or placing the camera on a firm surface.
I placed a leaf and an acorn on a tree trunk, got down low and with the help of my tripod and a narrow depth-of-field to blur out the background this is the shot I came back with.
I took the picture below with my smart phone a Sumsung S5, which is a lot less expensive than a macro lens!
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