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My (cheap) Macro Photography Setup

Just wanted to show how I do my macro shots using my beloved Kamiko (my Nikon D90).

I am using a reverse ring mounted on an 18-55mm kit lens plus a styro plate to diffuse the pop-up flash. The toothpick you are seeing is to partially open up the aperture ring because in this setup, IT IS ALL MANUAL!!! hehehe.  :D :D :D

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I’ll update this post next time to show you the step by step procedure on how I do this setup.

Meanwhile, here are some sample shots using this cheap setup.

My very first ‘decent’ macro shot (March 03, 2011), a SCREW. hehe.
leaning tower of turnilyo

Shield Bug.
Shield Bug

Dragonfly.
Dragonfly 02

Praying Mantis.
Praying Mantis

Fly.
House Fly with bubble

Click here for the complete gallery of my macro shots. Happy shooting everyone!!!
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12 responses

  1. This are amazingly sharp macros. I heard about this reverse ring and extension tubes produce the same results. I love the diffuser there man, lol

    April 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    • kites182

      hehe. Thanks bro!!!

      April 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      • Wei Li

        Nice setup. Can you please show us how the tooth pick works? Thanks!

        July 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      • Will try to take a picture of the aperture lever where you put the toothpick and explain it. Thanks =)

        July 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

  2. wow ! super-awesome man ! i would have never believed a 18-55mm can take these kind of pics before i saw this !
    but, what do you do about the depth of field? with 18-55mm its hard to get good DOF need for macro-shooting….

    May 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    • kites182

      Hello iChowdhury!

      First of all thanks for the comment.
      Depth of field is controlled by the aperture ring. A small toothpick can open up your aperture a little bit to let some light pass through.

      Without the toothpick, DOF is higher/thicker but it would be dark in your viewfinder. So it’s for you to decide how thick or thin the toothpick would be.

      Thanks =)

      May 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

  3. anthonette

    help nmn po CANON po gamit ko pano po un

    June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    • hello po miss Anthonette! pag Canon naman ganito (base sa nakita ko sa mga masters ko), habang nakakabit/naka-mount ng normal yung lens mo, ikabit mo lang yung reverse ring sa may filter thread (basta make sure walang alikabok ha hehe). then set mo sa Aperture priority mode (Av mode). next is adjust mo yung aperture sa mga f8 siguro muna. pagka-set mo ng aperture ay press mo yung Depth of Field Preview button mo.

      Habang nakapindot yung DOF Preview button eh tanggalin mo yung lens mo and ikabit mo na pabaliktad. nakaset na yun sa f8. pag adjust mo yung DOF mo need mo ulit ibalik sa normal na kabit yung lens.

      next is to try shooting na hehe.

      sana naipaliwanag ko ng maayos. ask ka lang ulit if may hindi ka makuha.

      salamats!
      -Kites =)

      June 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm

  4. merz

    your amazing my friend… thanks for sharing with us!

    September 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    • Thank you very much po momi Zrem!!! =)

      September 18, 2012 at 9:20 pm

  5. nakakabilib , i’d like to try this someday

    April 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    • Thanks bro Edmund!!! =)

      April 10, 2013 at 9:37 am

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