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mehulnaik


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:34 am     Reply with quote

Hi I am attempting reverse lens technique to get macro shots rather than buying a dedicated Macro lens. Please let me know your comments.


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mehulnaik


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:41 am     Reply with quote

100% crop


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jhuls


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:13 am     Reply with quote

The DOF is too shallow for shutterstock.
ruxpriencdiam


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:23 am     Reply with quote

Get the Kenko extension tubes.

And as said above DOF is too shallow.

jeffbanke


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:15 am     Reply with quote

Also looks oversharpened
rinder99


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 4:13 pm     Reply with quote

Your actually trying to do Micro, Not macro. very tough to do without costly specialized equipment to compete in that market..


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mauijon


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Post Posted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:37 pm     Reply with quote

On your spider shot, it suffers from the forelegs being prominent and out of focus. This attracts the eye away from the face. The face could also use some fill light to open the black areas between the hairs Sometimes it helps to have a white card (or aluminum foil) at the bottom reflecting light upwards.

The reverse lens technique works fine with good glass, but is often unwieldly to use, plus you need to kluge some type of lens shade for the rear (now front) lens element. As mentioned, extension tubes make it easier, but at this close range vibrations are still a major problem, regardless. Keep trying.
mehulnaik


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:03 am     Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for your comments. I have also tried extension tubes but I found reverse lens technique more sharp and and I don't lose too much light. I have also tried combination of reverse lens with extension tubes but I need good quality flash units. I am just using camera flash with home made soft box on top of it oat the moment.

I can't afford Macro lens at the moment so I will have to use what I have got. so I was just wondering if you could suggest how to focus more area without compromising on details
rinder99


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:05 am     Reply with quote

Like I said If ya wanna do this type of work professionally. Ya need equipment and technique to do it.
mehulnaik


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:09 am     Reply with quote

I understand that but I think it could be achieved with relatively simple equipment as well. I am following this guy technique in which he is just using a flash unit, extension tubes and normal lens but attached reversely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqRn3at0H60

Am I missing something here?
hhltdave5


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:09 am     Reply with quote

mehulnaik wrote:
I understand that but I think it could be achieved with relatively simple equipment as well. I am following this guy technique in which he is just using a flash unit, extension tubes and normal lens but attached reversely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqRn3at0H60

Am I missing something here?


There is one thing he mentioned that you did not say if you used it or not and that was stack focus from multiple images. When doing this kind of photography where you are not dealing with a rail system or an insect that has been immobilized the slightest movement is going to cause an OOF image as well as problems with DOF. Stack focusing can help with this.

As he mentioned he takes a lot of images to get a usable one.
rinder99


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:53 am     Reply with quote

Most use Helicon focus. and the old trick for this work is to Put the bug in the refrigerator for 20 Min or so. to slow them way down.
jeffbanke


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:56 am     Reply with quote

rinder99 wrote:
Most use Helicon focus. and the old trick for this work is to Put the bug in the refrigerator for 20 Min or so. to slow them way down.


And hope you don't loose it in the frig :-)
rinder99


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:43 pm     Reply with quote

Tupperware and tweezers....lol
kenny123


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:07 pm     Reply with quote

http://www.mplonsky.com/photo/article.htm
 
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