Mag­ni­fy­ing macro

Maisie Cloke shows how you can cre­ate your own cost-ef­fec­tive DIY macro lens

Digital Camera World - - PHOTO ACTIVE -

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

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