Once again, I try to do my best with english and hope to submit a better content than a google translation one 😆 but thank you in advance for your indulgence.
Today, I want to talk to you about my macro photographical gear.
Small, cheap and powerful. I love it!
They are close-up filters.
Close-up filter makes your subject bigger, not enhancing your focal length but allowing you to move closer.
Clever, isn’t it?! 😉
As they are filters, let’s put it at the end of your lens to take a closer view of your subject.
Then, if you want to take another picture of a distant subject, you will have to remove the filter, as it disabled the far focus.
Here are the two features of a close-up filter.[icon name=”fa-arrow-circle-right”] First, the diameter.
If you own several lenses, my advice is to choose rather a fixed focal length lens to put your filter to enjoy its wide aperture and image quality but it’s OK with zoom lenses, too.
It is generally recommended to use the close-up filter with your max focal length but feel free to make creative choices too! (I tried myself wide angle macrophotography and it’s fun)
So, check your lens diameter before buying your close-up filter!
[icon name=”fa-arrow-circle-right”] Then, the magnification value, given in diopters.
With +1, you can only move a little bit forward. And with +4 or +10, you will be able to go further and take closer views. The greater the number, the closer your shooting! 🙂
Please note that your lens focal length is going to enhance the close-up filter effect. If your lens focal length is rather small (from wide angle to 50mm), you will need +4, +7 or +10 to enjoy nice close-up views. With an intermediate one (50 to 100mm), +3 or +4 will probably be OK. The +1 or +2 filters are recommended for focal length higher than 100mm.
Obviously, if you want to shoot a beautiful shell or an ant having a walk, you won’t need the same type of close-up view. But you can always move back a little bit to capture a wider view if the subject seems too much big for the frame. 😉
Below, here are some pictures taken, each time, at the minimal focus distance of my lens, without close-up filter, and with a +3 filter, a +4 filter, and the two together for a +7 resulting filter.
I was shooting a bunch and I am now enjoy a close-up view of a flower, showing its stamens, petal texture etc. !
Here are several additional informations about close-up filter. 🙂
[icon name=”fa-arrow-circle-right”] No, cropping is NOT the same! 😆
Here is my advice, and one of my secrets for macrophotography.
In a picture full of sharp elements, the subject seems to be a small element among others… On the contrary, with a same size in the picture, if your subject is surrounded by blurry elements and is a sharp and attractive point in a clean photo, its presence will be stronger!
In fact, the subject will appear closer that way, even if this is not true.
So, think, not only to move closer, but to enhance the “close-up feeling” and use blur to show the subjectif off to its advantages.
And now, some pictures, taken with my close-up filter!
Enjoy, and good close-up shootings to you!