Today, I attempted to take a bunch of photos for my Object Lessons. I had great muted natural light coming through the windows since it snowed all day today and decided to take advantage of it. It turns out, most of what I’ve collected for my object lessons are rather small trinkets best photographed up close, which is best accomplished with a macro lens.
Do you see the gorgeous (IMO) photo above? I took it a year or two ago using a reverse macro lens. Otherwise known as the “poor man’s macro,” a reverse macro is when you take the lens off your SLR camera, flip it around (so the part that is typically attached to the camera is pointed at the subject) and you either hold it there, steady with your hand, or you attach it via some other method. This allows you to get very close to your subject get an interesting photo, and not pay for a macro lens.
Guess what you can’t do with a reverse macro lens? You really can’t use a tripod, because (at least for me) you have to hold the lens against the camera, and the focus is controlled by your distance from the object. This is nearly impossible to control when the lens isn’t attached to the camera. I’ve only attempted reverse macros with a good amount of sun or a flash, and the ability to use my body to get closer to the object. That wasn’t going to work today.
On top of it, I chose a background for my photos that collected far too much lint. Not sure it’s worth photoshopping it out, but not sure how keen I am to re-shoot.
I got some good photos, and I’ll start writing up my object lessons soon. Until then, I’m going to make a mental note that a macro lens may be in my future. (As may be building a mini-studio for some of these mini-mementos.)