The $9 Macro Trick

 
 

Today I wanted to share how I get dreamy macro ring shots… WITHOUT a macro lens.

I learned early on after buying a 50mm and 85mm on the same day, that two prime lenses = unequal usage for me. I clung to the 50mm, and used the 85mm maybe twice before selling it six months later. The Canon 100mm macro is a gorgeous lens - with an $800 price tag. I know I wouldn’t use another prime, so paying $800 to use for 5 minutes at a wedding didn’t seem smart for me. But of course, I needed SOMETHING to capture my clients’ beautiful rings, earrings, and details. The solution? AMAZON (aka the solution to EVERYTHING)

For $9, you get four filters - +1, +2, +4, and +10. You can choose your filter size for any lens (I use on my 50mm) and even stack them. Crank the f stop to 4.0-11 - the background will still be creamy, but the diamond will be sharp as a tack. I love these! So if you’re in a pickle and need to get closer… $9 could save your life <3

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Lena Mirisola

Boston, MA 01886, USA

Photographer. Bubble tea addict. Girlboss.