Stepping into the Macro Land

by Piotr Matura May. 22, 2019 324 views

Being on PhotoBlog for almost a month now, I saw lots of incerdible photos and many of them showed me unique approach to some topics, techniques of doing some things or simply how well trained eye of a photographer helps to capture any subject in a way that immediately captures attention of viewer. Many photographs were macro shots, which presented a perspective that cannot be achieved with "naked eye" and I really enjoyed them. I never did such macro shots before, so inspired by that, I decided to try and bought a cheap set of extension tubes for my camera.

It arrived today and it is as simple as it gets - just 3 pieces of black tube with a thread to screw them together, and two mounts - one to connect with camera and one for the lens. No optical elements, no electronics, just bare metal. This means that I have to set everything manually to get a usable photo and also that I had to come up with a solution to one problem I did not predict - that it does not have any kind of aperture control or even a lock for it. To avoid my lens being stopped down to the smallest aperture, I cut out a small plastic element that can be wedged on the lens mount to move and lock aperture "pin" in position I choose. It should work, at least for now :)

Of course I tried to make some shots. I don't really know how to do it in a "proper" way, but I got some "ok" photos I share below. I'll be happy if you can give me some advice on what to do better ;)

Inside of red carnation flower

Berberis leaves and raindrops

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Bethany Plonski 2 years ago

I'm no good for tips, but wow, #4 is beautiful!

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Piotr Matura Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years ago

Thank you, Bethany. And sorry for replying after long time. I like #4 the best, too :)

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Björn Roose 2 years ago

Agree with Peter: #4 is very nice. As for the tips: just like he said, always use a tripod (most of us are not that stable that they can do a good macro without a tripod) smile

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Piotr Matura Replied to Björn Roose 2 years ago

Thanks, Björn, great to hear you liked this photo. I already used the tripod - I definitely don't have that steady hands smile

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Berckmans Peter 2 years ago

Job well done. Love #4. Any tips, always use a tripod, remote release and keep aperture small f 8 to f22. You can use extra light if you want and exercise,exercise and exercise.

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Piotr Matura Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years ago

Thank you, Peter, I'm glad you liked the photos. And thank you for advice, it will definitely help (plus I need to get a remote - today I used self timer).

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Piotr Matura 2 years ago

Self timer works also,but a remote is a bit handier and you do not have to touch the camera no more

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