Maisie Cloke shows how you can create your own cost-effective DIY macro lens
If you want a cheap alternative to a macro lens, have you ever considered a magnifying glass? Sure, its results are a little experimental, and you can never be quite sure what you’re going to get – but for the creatives out there, this is definitely worth a go!
There are a couple of ways to approach this project. The first is to go for a wider-angle view and include the rim of the magnifying glass, even your hand. If you’re lucky enough to get an assistant, they can help you on this aspect. We selected a lone flower which appeared under the magnifying glass to be sitting in a bubble against a background.
When you’re looking for the perfect subject, you want to find something that can be easily isolated. Look for distractions in the background. We had to clear a bag of rubbish out of the way!
The second way to use the magnifying glass is to simply shoot through-it close up. A standard lens with a focal range such as a 18-55mm is ideal for the job. If you’re struggling to keep your subject sharp, you may want to bring in a tripod for more accurate results.
Through the glass