KEY SKILL More ways to get close

If you don’t want to buy a macro lens as you won’t be us­ing one reg­u­larly, there are af­ford­able al­ter­na­tives

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Add glass

Mag­ni­fy­ing fil­ters usu­ally come in sets of +1, +2 and +4 diopter fil­ters, which can be com­bined for in­creased ef­fect. They screw onto the front of a lens. The mag­ni­fy­ing ef­fect is greater with a telephoto zoom, so it’s best to use them on a lens with a fo­cal length over 100mm – 200mm is ideal.

Re­verse your lens

You can also buy re­vers­ing rings for around £15/$20, which en­able you to mount the lens back­wards. This al­lows for ex­cep­tion­ally close macro photography, and the wider the lens the closer you can get. You do, how­ever, lose aut­o­fo­cus, ex­po­sure me­ter­ing (in most cases) and in-cam­era aper­ture con­trol, so a lens with a me­chan­i­cal aper­ture ring is es­sen­tial. It is also worth bear­ing in mind that the back­ground will be com­pletely dis­torted (see page 52 for more).

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