Something we overlook when making images is that few people see things up close. It’s often a different look that creates exceptional interest.
The first thing we need to do with any image is simplify it. For this I use my long lens. It’s not normally considered a close up lens; but, here is the key. Move as close as possible to the subject. The background will fall away.
Remove anything not important to the subject. For this I crop the image.
Make the subject at least 1/3 of the frame.
Some Telephoto Lens tips…
#1. Test your camera before being challenged. Measure how close your long lens (200-300mm) can get to a subject in the backyard. To get closer use an extension tube, or close up lens (diopter recommended, either Nikon or Canon). Available at B&H Photo or other reputable source. Also try Amazon.com.
#2. Select a subject that has space behind it.
#3. Underexposing the subject can help cut down distractions.