The following is a great way to get great macro shots with your existing lenses!
Buying macro equipped lenses or specialized macro gear can be very expensive. But the World of the Little as I call it, is full of fascinating images! In order to get up close and personal all you have to do is flip your lens of choice around backwards and put the front end over the camera mount. I’ve done this successfully for many shots, and only once have I ever dropped (or rather, thrown) my lens. Of course if you want, you can always buy what is called a lens reversal ring.
This (relatively) inexpensive piece of equipment screws onto the filter threads on the front of your lens, and then mounts to your camera body. This of course is the ideal as it frees both hands to then operate the camera normally.
Check out B & H Photo Video for some examples. You purchase the reverse ring based on the thread size of the lens you have and the camera brand/type.
If you are using a zoom lens, you can use the zoom ring as you normally would to bring the image closer or farther away. You would then use the focusing ring in Manual Focus mode (switch on the side of your lens) to focus in on your subject.
You may find it helpful to move towards and away from your subject until you find the sweet spot for focus. You’ll have to play around, but that’s what’s fun about photography!
Either way, using this technique allows you to utilize the lenses you already have to open up a whole new world of imagery. Love it!
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