Reverse Macro Photography is a technique I remember reading about months ago but didn’t get around to trying until today. Most people I know who recently bought a DSLR camera also bought a prime lens to compliment their kit lens. Like most Nikon users on a budget, I bought the inexpensive NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D.
Macro lenses are expensive, so here’s a way we can experiment with macro photography without killing our wallets.
The first step is to stack your two lenses together. With my 18-55 lens mounted on my camera and zoomed to 55mm, I opened the aperture on my 50mm lens all the way to f/1.8 and focused to infinity.
Next you need to hold the two lenses together so they are touching front to front. I kept my UV protection filters on each lens so that if anything got scratched, it would be a cheap filter instead of a lens.
Turn your mounted lens on manual focus and zoom in by moving closer and further away from the object until it comes into focus. I used aperture-priority mode for the shot below with no problems, but if your camera is having trouble metering then switch to manual mode.
Vignetting occurred but it’s nothing we can’t crop out:
If you get really into reverse macro photography, it might be a good idea to buy a macro reversing ring which screws onto the front of each lens and holds them together. I’ll be showing examples of shots taken with this technique throughout the week.