July 9, 2019
I was contemplating getting a new lens to achieve the look that I wanted for my detail shots. I started doing research and ended up finding that Macro Filters existed. Macro filters are small magnifying glass filters that attach to the front of your lens and allow you lens to become a macro lens! There is a learning curve with how to use macro filters. I want to share below the ones that I use as well as the tips that I have found work the best to get the sharpest photos. You can use these filters on the invites and jewelry as well!
I use these Macro Filters that I purchased from Amazon for $30 and I use them on my Sigma 50 art lens. Each lens has a different filter size so check your lens cap to find which size you need to order. My Sigma 50 art was a 77mm size filter.
So this is one of the most important tips regarding how to use macro filters. When using these filters you need to have a higher f stop. I normally set mine to 4.0 or higher. I have set it as high as 8.0 for the closer shots to ensure the sharpest close up ring shot. After you set your apeture go ahead and set your ISO and shutter speed accordingly.
My set came with +1,+2,+6 and +10 sizes. I choose the +1 or +2 for the far away detail shots (left below) I choose the +6 for closer photos but not the closest photos. (below right).
When your filter and settings are ready to go, look through the viewfinder and move your camera in and out until the ring goes from blurry to clear. Once you find that clear spot, focus and shoot. You may have to try this a few times before you get it, but don’t stop trying! With the +10 filter you will feel like you are SO close to the ring, but you will notice when you are at the right distance, the ring will become in focus.
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