How to take macro photos with cheap lenses

I’ve always been fascinated with macro photos. There’s a whole other world in macro. But the lenses you need to take these kinds of photos are not as affordable as I hoped.

Let me show you how I take macro photos and it only cost me $13.

Macro Photos

My baby daughter was coming soon and I really wanted to take some detail macro photos of fingers and toes and eyelashes. 

But I quickly discovered that the price for macro lenses was a bit out of my price range at the time.

Extension Tubes

So I did some research and discovered extension tubes. They will turn any lens into a macro lens. 

It attaches to your lens and then you connect that to your camera.

It works similar to a magnifying glass. As you pull the lens away from the camera’s sensor, the image becomes magnified.

Unfortunately, it’s not as good as using an expensive macro lens. But it’s not too bad either.

Oh yeah, and did I mention it’s only $13? 😉

Some Things to Keep in Mind

Some things to keep in mind when using an extension tube. 

There are different lengths and you can link them together. This gives you closer or farther focusing. 

You’ll want to experiment with different lengths to see which length works the best with the lens you’re attaching it to.

Also, when you use it for the first time and everything is blurred out. No, it’s not broken, you just have to be super close to what you’re trying to take a photo of. 

Again, you can experiment with different lengths to adjust the focus depth.

Here are the detail photos I took of my daughter when she came.

I would love to see what little things you discover in the macro world. Let me know what macro photos you want to take in the comments.