Taken from a post I made a while back on Flickr. I am posting it here because I recently came across a similar piece on another site and realized that quite a few folks were unaware of this option…
A photo shot using the inverted-lense macro trick described below.
This might be old news for some, but hopefully someone else may benefit from it. This is how I go about getting the extremely close macros and just about all my cameras, digital or film, without spending on expensive lenses. Basically, you take one lens (prime is easiest) and you either mount or hold it backwards to the front of your existing lens (the one on the camera). In other words, you shoot through the lens from the camera lens. What it does is give you the ability to focus on objects as close as about 1/2″ away while zooming in on the subject extremely close with the lens that is on the camera. It sounds complex but it really is simple. There are a few outlets online that sell couplers which will mount 2 lenses end to end called a Macro Coupler Ring (basically a blank lens filter with threads on both sides). This will help you free up the hand you might need to zoom or focus with. Some people also make their own by gluing 2 uv or skylight filters face to face. I simply put the camera on a tripod and hold the inverted lens by hand, which takes a little practice.
If you don’t have a second lens, you can use any old lens really. I picked up an old screw mount 50mm MF lens for 10$ at a flea market and it is more than I need to get the job done. You can also shoot through a loop if you have one. I find the loop tough to use with an SLR but is good for the small lenses on most digital cameras. Either way, it is easy, cheap and can produce some pretty decent effects.
I’m making an attempt to shoot photos differently than I usually do in hopes of finding some new ideas. I often find myself shooting the same things in the same way, over and over, and I feel the need to break that cycle. I’m certain to flop on a lot of ideas, but I am prepared for that. At the same time, I also hope to find a few little niches here and there and be able to expand on them. Either way, I think it will be good for me to do, maybe even push me in a different direction, one that I can feel a bit more comfortable in and still keep things fresh.
I know that somewhere, somehow, at sometime in the past, I have probably made a post under this title, but that’s what it is, so here it is again. ;-)
I have been posting on several services over the past few years, all of which are great at what they do, but each lacks something that I need or want in the service, or does it differently than how I would like it done. On top of that, the whole Web2.0 drive has turned some of these sites into “social networks” where the number of friends you have is in direct proportion to the number of comments and feedback you receive on what you post, regardless of quality. I would rather receive one honest criticism than one hundred polite but hollow praises, which is how things are on in the “social network” scene. I’ve decided that I would go back to doing things by myself, for myself, in my own way, as I did before I discovered Flickr and Zooomr and Photoblogs, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, I will still be using all of those services as I have been, but this site will give me just a little more room to spread out and get more into the photos I take and post, without the pressures of having to post every day, or follow posting guidelines, or whatever. It will allow me to be me, and share what I’d like with whoever will look, read, and maybe even come back. ;-)
ps. You can find my older photoblog posts (from Tumblr) by clicking here.