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Tutorial: Microphotography

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deanreevesii's avatar
Nice tutorial. I have a reversing ring on order, so any information I can find on the method is helpful! Cheers :)
Toothrot's avatar
It might be worth mentioning that you can calculate the magnification by dividing the focal length of the first by the focal length of the second.

So here we would have
125 : 50 = 2,5
^^
UnnoticedBeauty's avatar
Great tutorial! I have been looking into this technique for a while but never fully understood it and was worried about damaging my lenses. Thanks for explaining it so clearly!
lataeralia's avatar
does this method work with the nikon cameras? I fear it doesn't but it's so nice... :(
Lepatriinu123's avatar
I think I should work as long as you use two lenses. The one lens reversed method I saw didn't work on my D40.
lataeralia's avatar
me too... :(
thank you so much! :) :heart:
PontaFanta's avatar
I can never get it to focus when I even just use one lens with something close-up. I think I may need more practice. Thanks for the tutorial!
HKISGotMilk's avatar
I've got a quick question. Is it possible to change the aperature (to F3.5 or away from it), or are you stuck without any aperature control? I've got a D80 and the stock 18-135. I've also got a reverse lens ring that lets me attach the lens to the camera backwards.

But, the aperature shows up as "F -.-". There's no way to change this, right?
macrophoto's avatar
Hmmm... I'm not the best person to ask. I usually just fiddle with the settings until it looks right. :) Try posting this question in the club forums or on the DA forums.
clementchew's avatar
Residue is spelt RESIDUE, not RESEDUE.

Second paragraph of article 1. Required Equipment.
macrophoto's avatar
Thanks for the catch. But I don't know if I even have the original anymore. :)
SYSPLUCK's avatar
zOMG I just tried, and it, I don't have the best camera, a 6mp Cybershot. but god damn it worked WONDERFULLY!! :D
SYSPLUCK's avatar
Wow! I've never heard of this before! I can't wate to try it out!! :D :+fav:!!! :D :D
WkedAthena's avatar
:wow: I had no idea I could do that... ;P i was looking to buy a Magnifying glass :blush: -- Your tutorial is amazing! Thank you soo much for sharing your knowledge! :hug:
macrophoto's avatar
No problem! Glad you found it useful.
Cookai's avatar
Ohhhh I have o try this.. Thanks for sharing
lxrichbirdsf's avatar
Thanks for sharing with us, you rule!
macrophoto's avatar
lucias-tears's avatar
ah this is fab! thank you! :aww:
Gregery27183's avatar
AAAW.... I thought I was the first to think of this... guess I was thinking too highly of myself.... I started doing this back in uh... February...

Note: something that can help focus.... if you are taking pictures of things that stay still... make the aperture MUCH smaller than you normally would... or even as small as it can possibly go... this causes a dificulty with lighting... but... even with your very bright light... make the exposure time as high as it needs to be to for the light metering even if its 30 seconds long or longer.... the result is... even if things are not in focus in the viewfinder... they will come out in focus in the picture. some of the pictures I have taken were impossible to get in focus through the viewfinder... but with a small enough aperture and a long enough exposure, things always work out. A tripod or something stable to stand on is a MUST. I have used CD jewl cases and printing/notebook paper to rais and lower the camera and/or subjects.... and rather than pointing the camera down and using height for focus... I used lateral distance. like this

MapKey:
camera with modifying second lens " II= " tiny spider in home/vial " m " books/CD cases/paper " E "

II= m
EEEE EEE

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Gregery27183's avatar
AAAW.... I thought I was the first to think of this... guess I was thinking too highly of myself.... I started doing this back in uh... February...

Note: something that can help focus.... if you are taking pictures of things that stay still... make the aperture MUCH smaller than you normally would... or even as small as it can possibly go... this causes a dificulty with lighting... but... even with your very bright light... make the exposure time as high as it needs to be to for the light metering even if its 30 seconds long or longer.... the result is... even if things are not in focus in the viewfinder... they will come out in focus in the picture. some of the pictures I have taken were impossible to get in focus through the viewfinder... but with a small enough aperture and a long enough exposure, things always work out. A tripod or something stable to stand on is a MUST. I have used CD jewl cases and printing/notebook paper to rais and lower the camera and/or subjects.... and rather than pointing the camera down and using height for focus... I used lateral distance. like this

MapKey:
camera with modifying second lens " II= " tiny spider in home/vial " m " books/CD cases/paper " E "

II= m
EEEE EEE
Sadalmelik's avatar
Nice, but I just have a compact cam =(
Neo3004's avatar
It works well on compact cams too.
In fact, first time I heard of this was by people using compact (Powershot A serie of Canon).
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