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Tutorial: Microphotography by macrophoto Tutorial: Microphotography by macrophoto
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:icondeanreevesii:
deanreevesii Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice tutorial. I have a reversing ring on order, so any information I can find on the method is helpful! Cheers :)
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Toothrot Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Student Photographer
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
^^
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:iconunnoticedbeauty:
UnnoticedBeauty Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
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!
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:iconlataeralia:
lataeralia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
does this method work with the nikon cameras? I fear it doesn't but it's so nice... :(
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:iconlepatriinu123:
Lepatriinu123 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
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.
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:iconlataeralia:
lataeralia Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
me too... :(
thank you so much! :) :heart:
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:iconpontafanta:
PontaFanta Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
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!
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:iconhkisgotmilk:
HKISGotMilk Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
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?
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
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.
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:iconclementchew:
clementchew Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007  Student Photographer
Residue is spelt RESIDUE, not RESEDUE.

Second paragraph of article 1. Required Equipment.
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
Thanks for the catch. But I don't know if I even have the original anymore. :)
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SYSPLUCK Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
zOMG I just tried, and it, I don't have the best camera, a 6mp Cybershot. but god damn it worked WONDERFULLY!! :D
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:iconsyspluck:
SYSPLUCK Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! I've never heard of this before! I can't wate to try it out!! :D :+fav:!!! :D :D
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:iconwkedathena:
WkedAthena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
: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:
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
No problem! Glad you found it useful.
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:iconcookai:
Cookai Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
Ohhhh I have o try this.. Thanks for sharing
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:iconlxrichbirdsf:
lxrichbirdsf Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006
Thanks for sharing with us, you rule!
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Most welcome :)
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:iconlucias-tears:
lucias-tears Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006   Photographer
ah this is fab! thank you! :aww:
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:icongwegowee:
gwegowee Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Professional Photographer
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

Product: [link]
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:icongwegowee:
gwegowee Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Professional Photographer
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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:iconklakier666:
klakier666 Featured By Owner May 5, 2006
nice :)
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:iconsadalmelik:
Sadalmelik Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2006
Nice, but I just have a compact cam =(
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:iconneo3004:
Neo3004 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
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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:icond-me:
D-Me Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2006
great tutorial

i use something similar: i hold the front end of a 135 mm lens on the front end of my fujifilm s5600.
max zoom, macro mod and that is it.
only problem is the narrow DOF
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:iconbineon:
BiNeon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2006   Photographer
With my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L and my Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 it would not be possible to do this correct?
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2006
i have no clue. i don't know what all those numbers mean. :) just try it and see how it looks. practice makes perfect.

-Admin Tim
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:iconmindflesh:
MindFlesh Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006
Hi Admin Tim ;)

The numbers are just what kinds of lenses (s)he has. They just want to know if the technique would work with those two types of lenses. They're both from Canon. The first one is a [70-200mm Telephoto lens] and the second one is a [18-55mm Super Wide Angle lens].

Hope that helps some.

Much Aloha,
:heart: Leialoha
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:iconwebworm:
webworm Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
Thanks so much for this clear tutorial!!! Very useful!!! :wave: :sing:
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006
no problem! i hope it helps.

-Admin Tim
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:iconqnetx:
QNetX Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
If you use this technique often and don't want to deal with the tape, a cleaner solution is to obtain a Macro coupler or reverse ring (doubly threaded male ring). Basically it is a filter ring that screws into the filter threads of each lens thereby connecting them together.

Here is an article that describes it and the technique: [link]

Entering "Macro Reversing Ring" in google led me to a site that sells them [link] .

GQ
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
Yes, I was informed about those after I made the tutorial and never got around to updating it. Plus, I'm a starving college student, so I could either buy a reversal ring or eat for a week... hmmm.... :P

-Admin Tim
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:iconinkmadetears:
inkmadetears Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006   Photographer
this is one of the best tutorials i have ever seen!!
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
why thank you! i hope you enter the current microphotography contest. :)
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:iconinkmadetears:
inkmadetears Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006   Photographer
im thinking i prolly will.

yeah prolly.
haha
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:iconjimfield:
JimField Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
I have always wondered how the reverse lens effect works, and this guide is a very nice step by step guide, thanks a lot for this :+fav:
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
no problem! if you take any pics, let me know. i'd like to see!
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:iconjimfield:
JimField Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
Will do great tutorial I have done my first one very basic but it is quite nice take a gander in my gallery.
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:iconbeatus-vir:
beatus-vir Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
:wow: :calp:
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:iconwowhaxer:
wowhaxer Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
thanks so much for this tutorial. It is amazing the stuff I can photograph now since I have a 200mm tele. taking pics like through a microscope is awsome!!! Thanks.
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
i'd like to see some of your attempts! note me when you have some stuff up.

-admin tim
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:iconwowhaxer:
wowhaxer Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
ok, thanks
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:icondunadan-from-bag-end:
Dunadan-from-Bag-End Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
And what about vignietting? I am using a bit other method :D but the idea is the same - however my zoom and standart lens have different apertures...
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2006
if the difference between the two lenses isn't great enough, you'll see the vignetting. it's not as much about the aperature as the difference in the lenses.
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:iconpixcee:
pixcee Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2006
thank you thank you thank you!!
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:iconnaiveamoeba:
naiveamoeba Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
Thanks for the tutorial. It seems to come out as a tiny little vignetted circle for me though.. hmmm...
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
you need to have a larger difference in the lenses. see if you can find a lens that has a greater magnification for the base lens.
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:iconnaiveamoeba:
naiveamoeba Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
hmm, I have a 28mm-100mm and a 70mm-300mm lens, what'd be the best combo? or do zooms not really work?

ta for the help.
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:iconmacrophoto:
macrophoto Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2006
zoom is good. you want the lens with the highest zoom zoomed in all the way and mounted to the camera normally. then take the lens with the least zoom and reverse it and put it on the end of the zoom lens. so basically, you want to have the main lens at 300mm and the reversed one at 28.
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:iconnaiveamoeba:
naiveamoeba Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006
Ah, right. I'll try that then. thanks a lot. :)
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