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There are a lot of different techniques to create Macro photos, some are expensive, like a dedicated Macro lens, and some are are cheaper, like close-up filters or with the technique I'm just going to explain. If you already have an entry level DSLR with the kit lens, you already have everything to do Macro, al you have to do is to reverse the lens:



The tools I'm going to use for this tutorial:



My first DSLR a Nikon D3000.
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A 50mm f1.8 lens, the most affordable lens you can purchase, although you can use the standard 18-55mm lens that came with your camera.

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A piece of paper and some tape (this is optional).

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And this will be my subject, an SD card:
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The technique



First of all, this is bit of a risky technique, so be very careful when doing it, because your lens and/or camera might fall off your hands to the ground and they might be damaged.
Ok, let's get started, first you have to locate the aperture lever of your lens. It's a tiny piece of metal that controls the aperture of the blades from the diaphragm inside your lens.
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With your left hand hold the lens and with the left index finger move the lever to keep the aperture at its maximum.
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This step is optional, I use it all the time now, it allows me to light the scene I want to photograph without anything else than a piece of white paper and a piece of tape. So grab that paper, place a piece of tape and stick it on top of your lens, it will act both as a diffuser and as reflector.
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Now it comes the tricky step, holding the lens in your left hand, as I said, place the front element towards the mount of your camera, you must be sure that it fits well, you don't want to leave any open space between the lens and the camera, to avoid any light coming through it. 
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If you want to try the trick of the paper, don't forget to pop pop the flash of your camera, it will be enough to get the shot correctly illuminated. All you have to do now is to try to focus manually on your subject by looking through your viewfinder and moving your camera back and forward till you think you have it in focus and press the shutter. If you use the flash and the scene is too bright, try to release the aperture lever half way right before taking the shot, that will make less light to come into the camera and you might get some extra DOF. 


The results

This is a photo of the SD card, this photograph is completely unedited
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This photo is the same SD card but this time using a dedicated Macro lens with a Full Frame DSLR
(Tamron 90 mm with a Nikon D600)
As you see magnification is almost the same one.
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This is a drop a I placed over a DVD, fully edited
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I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and don't forget to show me your photos if you try this.

Best regards and good shooting!!!!!





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Yuukon Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2016   Writer
Here's a little secret: It's how I take most of my macro's! I bought a reverse ring years ago, still loving it. Meanwhile I also expanded to extension tubes and a vintage macro lens, but the reverse ring is still my favourite! Great article Marcos!
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!! You do an awesome job!! I really don't use this technique but decided to give it a try for this tutorial.
Thank you!! :)
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016   Writer
The "cheap and dirty" ways are often very effective if you know how to use them! And with the reverse ring you dont need to hold the lens against the camera, but you can just screw it on. One side is the side you attach where you normally attach a filter, the other side is the mount of your camera :) 
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Agree!! Sometimes the easy way is the best way!! :aww:
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016   Writer
Yes! I always love all the different options in photography, you can make things as expensive as you want! I always shoot with a lot of vintage lenses, some are 50-60 years old and still in great condition. I have a 50mm 1.4 that is absolutely amazing, and compared to a Canon 50mm 1.4 it's even better! And I paid way less for it. Only thing you have to get accustomed to is the manual focussing on those lenses, but since I learned photography on my analog SLR that had no AF, it's no issue for me!
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FutaFairy Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
neat.. as my camera doesn't have a removable lens, I just use a large dollar store magnifying lens, held about 5 mm from the main lens, and that works great. The distance is hard to get perfect, so i take 3-4 shots at very slightly different distances.. but I usually get a usable shot out of it.. gonna have to build a mount one day.
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice idea!! 
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EligoDesign Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
i haven't tried this technique yet, but i'm going to do it next :) thank you for the tip with paper and the step by step guide.
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: Awesome!! Don't forget to show me the results!! 
As for the tip of the paper, you can use any kind of translucent material as paper, cloth, plastic, ....
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EligoDesign Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :) i will let you know as soon as they are up on DA :)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: Waiting!! 
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Pandora51 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
ha wonderful tutorial!

"...because your lens and/or camera might fall off your hands to the ground..." A friend of mine showed me a similar trick two years ago by holding the lens in front of the camera. What did he do? He dropped my lens in the process :D
But everything was fine ;)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm imagining your face when the lens hit the ground!! Rage 
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photofairy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016   General Artist
Wonderful tutorial Marcus, I would never have thought of the white paper taped to the lens for illumination. Thank you for sharing :)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, the paper will transmit part of the light from the flash and it will also diffuse it creating better shadows. It's a simple trick with nice results. Thank you!!
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coldstares Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding work! I also love doing workaround fixes for saving money. I have experimented with making light diffusers from milk jugs that fit snugly around the lens, which have worked really well. I have also used the same type of plastic to create a bounce plate, so that the light from the built in flash will bounce down in front of the lens when using macro tubes. My last project was a DIY ring light built from automotive led light stripes, that Walmart sells. (DIY Ring Light (UPDATED))
I think it is great you are offering help to those, like me that cannot afford to invest in a lot of equipment just to see if they like that aspect of photography. Please keep sharing so that others may benefit from your creative genius. 
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW!! You made a fantastic job with the led ring!! I usually use a DIY flash modifier with an orange juice package and some papers and plastics as diffusers: sta.sh/2gpf7s9c4vr
They do a good work to light any scene.

Thank you so much!!
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coldstares Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes this is very much the same idea I had, except I use an rolled up strip of a cut up milk jug, taped with clear packing tape. then I used one of the bottom corners to make a bounce plate. My built in flash would point down the tube, it worked fantastic for small flowers and things, but the insects would tend to freak out when they would see it. LOL I am now trying to overcome that challenge, getting enough light to the source in the least intimidating way! I love the challenge, maybe one of these days we will hit an idea we can patent and make some extra money! LOL I am glad to see you are doing this as well, someone needs to find an inexpensive alternative to some of these problems. Keep inventing. 
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw that flash modifier somewhere, and I decided to create my own version, I made like three different ones till I get it the way it worked for me.
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coldstares Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
That is what it is all about, adapt for convenience.
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Agree!! :aww:
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it! :clap:
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! :)
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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LidiaRossana Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
Very good, thank you for share :)
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!!  :)
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LidiaRossana Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016
:)
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BugulNoz Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice!! Thank you!
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016   Photographer
Wait, what?  You just hold them together with your hands?  That sounds a bit cumbersome...
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, not that much. There are some cheap adaptors which allow you to screw your lens inverted directly into your camera.
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WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016   Photographer
Oh! ok...  I was confused.  I find in shooting insects that even having two hands is just not enough...  lol!
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry I think my past answer was a bit confusing, I haven't used any adapter ring in this case, I simply held the lens with my left hand and the camera with my right hand, just like in a normal use.
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WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016   Photographer
oh!  lol...  I never learned from anyone the right way to hold a camera so even way back in film days I held it wrong.  In macro shooting I am often using my left hand in angling a leaf or pulling on a branch to get a more optimal composition or to keep up with a moving target.
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I think any way of holding the camera is right as soon as you like the results you get, so keep it up!! :aww:
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WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016   Photographer
^^
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xs-deviant Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See my previous entry. Also more cheap macro ideas here First steps into the macroworld.
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WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016   Photographer
ok.  Thanks  :)
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PaMonk Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Professional Artist
Great Info thanks for sharing.
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!! :)
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Now to figure out how to do this on my old film cameras.  :)
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:iconmarcosrodriguez:
MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess you can do it the same way, but you will probably waste some frames!! :aww:
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xs-deviant Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The reverse rings are now often sold as a set with a ring to close the back (now front) that enables you to turn aperture www.amazon.de/gp/product/B005O…
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi! Yes you are right, there are some cheap adapters that let you do this technique safely and I know there are also some glass protectors for the rear element ( I couldn't find them, sorry).
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xs-deviant Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't be sorry it was no critic, I only wanted to help out here. You wrote a fine piece. This kind of support is important IMHO.
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, I also checked your tutorial by the way. I said sorry because I couldn't find a link to that piece I was mentioning, it's like a protection filter that can be attached to the rear element to protect it.
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xs-deviant Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes and it has a ring to set aperture. All very rough ofcause because the small adjustment radius doesn't really allow for a scale on the ring but at least you can trim it a bit. Something missing in my tutorial and you might want to add to yours also is the reverse lens macro where with a male to male ring two lenses are connected. Preferable lenses with the same filter wide because of vignetting and second lens a prime. You can achieve magnifications of first lens divided through second lens. So a 200mm/35mm gives you a an almost 1:5.71 magnification.
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MarcosRodriguez Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I know that technique too, but in this tutorial I wanted to show a way of taking Macros without spending more money, although I think those reversing rings are quite inexpensive.
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xs-deviant Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes in fact it would be the same price really no difference just easier becous you keep control over the aperture with the primary lens and you keep connected to the AI.
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