Transform the camera lens you already have into a macro lens!
This post comes from our blog intern, Monica!
Photography is my passion, but that passion comes at a price. It is such an expensive hobby and, since I am just like every other college student (poor), I can’t often afford to buy new camera equipment! After researching and trying different techniques with the equipment I do have, I’ve fallen in love with free-lensing. Free-lensing turns the lens you already have on your DSLR into something of a macro lens. It allows you to get closer to your subject to obtain sharper focus and provides a very shallow depth of field and background blur.
Lens with an focal length of 50mm or greater (I typically use a 50mm f/1.4)
DLSR CameraStep 1: Detach the lens
Remove the lens from your camera body by pressing the lens release button and twisting off. Try to do this in a fairly dry environment so moisture doesn’t creep into your camera. Mild humidity is okay but definitely don’t “free lens” in the rain or snow!
Step 2: Make sure everything is secure
Removing a camera lens can be a bit risky. Ensure you have the camera strap around your neck and the lens securely in your hand to prevent drops and damage.
Step 3: Position your lens
Place the lens up to the lens mount on the camera body. To change the focus, just hold the lens at different distances from the camera and subject you’re photographing.
Step 4: Play around with it and practice!
Free-lensing takes a bit of practice, but that’s the fun part! You can create images that are beautifully blurry or finely focused all depending on how you hold the lens. Try different angles, distances between the lens and camera body, and distances between the subject and lens.
+I want to see what your favorite photography tricks are! Feel free to share!