Introduction: Close Up Photography Using Macro Tubes

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Most of the time buying several different high powered lenses is just not feasible. This Article shows you how to use one lens and get 6 different powers. Often, when trying to take a photo of something very small or very far away your kit lens just won't do the job. Buy five inexpensive macro tubes and have all the variety you need. The close up of the penny is difficult to do without a macro lense but, macro tubes do the job very well.

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I will take 6 photographs. successively adding one macro tube in between each photograph.

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The following image was taken with a 70mm lens attached directly to the camera with no macro tube.

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I removed the lens and inserted one macro tube in between the lens and the camera.

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The previous process was repeated and now there is 2 macro tubes in between the lens and the camera.

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and now three...

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now four ..

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are you ready ... five macro tubes,

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You need a sturdy tripod to take these images. The higher the magnification the move vibrations will show up. You will also want to set your camera to take the picture two seconds after you let go of the button. This way, the shake from your finger will have time to dampen.


syco123 (author)2012-11-26

I would recommend using a remote release and the "mirror lock up" feature. On a Canon it's in the custom features menu. When set, first press of the shutter moves the mirror up. This is where most of the vibration comes from. Wait for any movement to cease, then press again to actuate the shutter. The shutter moving is very small and causes almost no vibration. A decent tripod should have no trouble.

You can pick up tubes for less than $15 on eBay, and they work great. Cheap tubes don't allow the lens and camera to communicate, so it won't set the aperture. The result is the aperture stays as wide open as the lens will allow. This results in a short "Depth Of Field" (the front to back focus). If you want a less shallow DOF there is a trick to getting it. The "depth of field preview" button will allow you to preview the DOF. On a Canon it's on the body, on the side of the lens mount, low down. If you set the aperture to less than wide open, it'll close it to see what kind of picture you can expect. You'll hear a sound too, that's the aperture closing. It gets darker, so give it a second to let your eye adjust. Notice the difference in DOF.

Now in Manual, set the aperture to give your desired DOF. Next keep holding down the DOF preview button and turn off the camera, using the power switch. Attach the tubes and lens and set up the camera for your macro shot and turn the camera back on. Because the camera cannot communicate with the lens it'll stay set to whatever you previously set it to with the DOF preview.

Wide open, a lens tends to be less sharp, so this trick will help you get even sharper macros. Hope it helps!

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