A year or so ago I bought a close up filter from Quantaray at a camera store. I wasn’t sure how well it would work because it was only $30 and just screwed on to the lens of my camera. It seemed too easy. But I was really happy I did buy it because a few weeks back we got a shipment of some new millifiori called Road Map. It was a chance to really test it out. Mike really wanted to show how unique the pattern was. I realized that photographing small beads is easy with this tool.
If I didn’t use the close up filter I would have got this image.
This image is with the filter.
For folks shooting anything small this filter is a great alternative to buying an expensive macro lens. I hate spending money when I don’t have to.
This is how I used the lens.
- In order to use this filter the camera has to be right on the top of the subject.
- Because the subject is so small make sure you use a light diffuser and light bounce to cut down on the shadows. Click here for to see prior blog.
- Because the subject is so close to the lens use a narrow aperture and a long shutter speed to help widen the depth of field. Click here to read more about depth of field.
- Finally focus and take your shot. Make sure you always bracket your images. Take a bunch of shots at different exposures. That way you can help ensure that you get at least one good exposure.
If you are a beadmaker that makes small beads and have a D-SLR or SLR this tool is a must have. Here are some more examples of this filter at work. These photos are full frame. I did not crop them to show how much of the frame a small bead can fill up a frame.
If you have used this item or something like this then let me know what you think. What are your techniques for shooting small items?