How are you doing today? 🙂 I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far!
I mentioned in my last post that I’d been experimenting with macro photography, and today I’d like to share with you some of what I’ve learned, along with some macro photos. 😀
I became interested in trying macro photography after seeing Allison’s beautiful macro photos and realizing that she was using some very affordable macro extension tubes. (Macro extension tubes work by extending the lens away from the camera body in order to magnify the resulting image, like a telescope.) Excited that I could try macro photography without spending thousands of dollars on a macro lens, I ordered the $10 extension tubes and waited impatiently for them to arrive.
When the tubes arrived, I hurried to put them on my camera – only to discover that they didn’t fit. Disappointed, I went back to the Amazon listing, read some reviews, and quickly discovered that even though the product is advertised to fit all Nikon dSLRs, it actually only fits some. *sigh* The moral of the story, kids, is to always read the 1-star reviews before buying something. 😉 Now I was sadly macro-tube-less but more determined than ever to try macro photography. After many hours of research, I finally discovered a new solution… *dramatic music*
It doesn’t look like much, but this little ring is amazing! It’s called a macro reverse ring, it was $12 on Amazon, and it does exactly what it says – the ring screws on to the front of your lens, and then you flip the lens around and attach the ring to your camera, which reverses the lens. When the spherical glass element inside the lens is reversed, it essentially becomes a high-quality magnifying glass, resulting in photos like this:
AHH, I was so excited when I took this photo! It’s been so much fun practicing macro photography and being able to capture tiny details like this. 🙂 Let’s take a look at some other photos I captured, shall we?
For me, #1 hardest thing about using a macro reverse ring was learning how to nail the focus. Since the ring is in between the lens and the camera, autofocus is disabled, so you have to focus manually. That’s hard enough when you’re capturing a life-sized subject, so when you’re trying to focus on a tiny ant on a leaf on a windy day… it definitely takes some practice!
The other big thing that I had difficulty with was the exposure. You don’t have any control over the aperture when you’re using a reverse ring – just the ISO and shutter speed. This can make it difficult to get a properly exposed photo, and it’s also pretty much impossible to get photos in low-light situations, since the aperture doesn’t default to the widest setting. I took all of these photos on a sunny day, and even then I sometimes had to use a shutter speed as low as 1/80th of a second to get a properly exposed photo.
TELL ME THIS FLY IS NOT ADORABLE. He crawled all around this leaf for almost 20 minutes, giving me plenty of different angles to photograph him from!
See the little aphid hanging out beneath the fly? 😀 I didn’t even notice him there when I was taking this photo!
This photo seems so dramatic to me, like he’s a fly superhero or something. XD
Here are a few close-up eyes! This is a cat eye – can you see my reflection?
Don’t my sisters have such pretty eyes? 🙂
Dandelion puffballs (definitely the scientific term) always make excellent photography subjects. *nod*
Isn’t this neat? Some little bug was making his way through his afternoon leaf. 😛 I think this kind of looks like a river from above, don’t you?
I hope you enjoyed this post! Did you learn anything new today? Have you ever tried macro photography? If not, you totally should – IT’S SO MUCH FUN. Just figure out what size reverse ring you need for your camera (I needed a 58mm one), and go for it!
Have a great day, friends – I’ll see you next time! *waves*
Which photo was your favorite?
Does anyone remember when everyone used to put hidden messages at the end of their posts? 😉