The BugPhoto Guide: Working with the Reverse Lens

This is the fifth in a series of posts about the BugPhoto approach to macro photography.

A dandelion flower starting to open

A dandelion flower starting to open

Hello, folks. So with this post, I don’t have a lot of to say, my main goal is to show what it’s like to use my reverse lens macro set up. Please keep in mind I shot the video with my old point and shoot camera (and the audio was so bad as to warrant the banal and sometimes ridiculous soundtracks).

Just a few comments on the videos: the difficulty in focusing is probably evident; a lot of the total effort went into getting the angle then moving forward and backwards to lock into the focal plane. The focal length/magnification video was edited down quite a bit, as it took more than one shot at each focal length to get a (decent) shot. At the higher magnifications, you can probably see how the depth of field becomes very narrow and increases the difficulty of focusing. Please note the photos in the videos, which I’ve also included in galleries to view at larger resolution, are basically out of the camera with no editing. Please feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments or advice below — I’ll take them all!

The first video shows me shooting in a controlled set up at various focal lengths/magnifications. (The subject is a small dead moth, btw)

 

 

 

 

 

The second video shows me “in the field,” i.e. my backyard. I was looking for insects to shoot, but with the camera rolling it was easier to pick out some flowers.

 

 

In the next BugPhoto Guide post, I’ll discuss “Extreme Macro,” and yes, extreme means even higher magnifications.

Previous BugPhoto Guide posts:

 

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