I pride myself on finding cheap ghetto ways to pull things off. So when I was searching for a macro lens and could only find ones that would put me into serious debt, I was on a search for an alternative method on taking fun close up shots. And I found it. I considered sharing this discovery, but downplayed the importance of sharing, as I assumed everyone else in the world must know this already. Then I recalled something I think about often… this comic from XKCD
Okay, you might not have cared about that. But anyway, for those of you 10,000/day within the human race who have not heard of this method, I shall break the not-so-secret secret down into steps… as you will notice, it is insanely easy.
1.Have a DSLR camera.
2. Take lens off
3. Pretend you are someone that is camera illiterate
[perhaps your great grand-mother… the one who might do this…]
While channeling the confused great-grandma, put your lens on… the wrong way…
4. That’s it! Have fun!
You’re not going to be able to lock it into place unless you buy a special adaptor and what-not, so just hold it in place and have fun!
Below you will see the difference between using lens the “right” way and the “wrong” way.
The “right” way
- Depth of focus is intense with your lens this way! There is only a minute little span of a half a millimeter or so that will be in focus, so you may look slightly odd and you and your camera move back and forth trying to find the sweet spot.
- Don’t drink caffeine before handling camera in this way. Camera becomes extremely vibration sensitive due to the thin line of focus, so shaky hands will ruin your fun.
- Contents appear close than they actually are. I’ve tried photographing spiders, but was way too scared. I have to have a friend with me because every five seconds I freak out thinking I am touching the spider, and the extra support assures me I am no where near the spider.
- Autofocus will not work with lens flipped in this way! You focus by moving camera closer and further from subject.
- Lock your focusing ring AND zoom if you can. You want everything to be as steady as humanly possible and don’t want to accidentally have your lens creep out.
- This works best with zoom lenses. I’ve tried it with my primes and it’s cool, but not as macro as I like.
Here are some more examples of some more “fake macros”