Friday, April 16, 2010

poor man's macro

Linking up with Finding Serendipity

Macro photography is a really unique look that shows extreme detail, usually very close up. On a point and shoot, that little flower icon is the macro setting. Use it! I think it's about the best feature of p&s. But if you have an slr, it takes a special (pricey) lens to get this look. Or so I thought.

Way back in November I read this article on the MCP Actions blog on how to achieve a macro photo on the cheap. I couldn't believe what they were telling me to do. Take the lens off my camera and hold it backwards against the sensor? How could that be right?

I meant to try it, but never got around to it. Until last week when pioneer woman announced her next photo challenge was macro. I thought, Well, guess I have to sit this one out. Then the lightbulb went off and I remembered that trick I heard about. So I tried it out. It took some fiddling to get something decent, but I love the final results.

When you take your lens off (don't do this in a dusty place), remember to unlock the aperture and open it up all the way.

Here's the tulip I was shooting before I took off the lens.

And here's the macro.

Awesome, right? And here's a petal.

In photoshop, I jacked the unsharp mask way up there to make the details pop even more.

I will definitely be trying this one again.

And just because she was looking so cute yesterday, I'll let Maddi tell you Happy Friday!



  1. fantastic photos! never heard of flipping the lens like that-but i will definitely try it! btw, love the shots of your dogs, too! thanks for linking up... you're my one and only so far this week! pls dont' give up... thinking i lost some readers when i switched to wordpress... sigh. :)

  2. oh! ps: would you pls link back to findingserendipity so your readers can play along? i'm working on a button that you will be able to lift, but dont't have one now... just using my daisy w a link. thanks!

  3. way cool! love the the doggy even more (he doesn't need any macro)!

  4. Love these photos. Unfortunately I don't even have a camera with a lens. Shall I hide my face in shame. LOL

    I came over from Patty's.


  5. Love the post and the photo examples!


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