You can still get a pretty good macro shot without a macro lens. Technically, it would be called a close-up shot—but you can still achieve a great photo with a sharp subject and a nice background blur. Use a telephoto lens at its largest focal length, get in close to your subject, and play around with your aperture to make sure you’re not losing the edges of your subject to the background blur.

Adapted from Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs Matthew Bamberg (Course Technology, 2009; $30)