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Lens-Reversal Macro Photography

with Ben Long

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Experiment with a low-cost technique for macro and close-up photography.
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Lens-Reversal Macro Photography
Video Duration: 0s 32m 36s Intermediate


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You don't necessarily need a macro lens to do macro photography. By mounting a prime lens "backward"—with the front elements closest to the imaging sensor—you can turn it into a low-cost macro lens. All you need is an inexpensive adapter called a reversal ring. A sense of adventure helps, too, because your camera's normal metering and focusing features don't work when the lens is attached backward.

In this course, photographer Ben Long details the tools and techniques of lens-reversal macro photography. After investigating reversal ring options, the course explores the focusing and exposure techniques involved when shooting with a reversed lens.



(music playing) It may not make for the coolest looking camera, but lens reversal is an excellent, extremely affordable way to get a tremendous amount of macro shooting power. Hi! I'm Ben Long, and in this course I'm going to show you all the pesky little details that you need to know to get the most out of your lens when you've got your lens turned around the wrong way. If you have seen my Foundations of Photography Macro Course, then you should already have dabbled in lens reversal. In this course, we're going to look out how you can add more capability to your reversed lens shooting through the use of special adapters for fixing your lens to your camera.

We're also going to dig a little deeper into exposure control, including looking at some techniques for regaining aperture control, a feature that you lose when you flip your lens around. Finally, if you thought attaching one lens to your camera in a weird way was cool, wait till you attach two; we'll be doing just that at the end of this course. So get ready to flip your lens around because we're going to do some serious macro shooting without spending any money on expensive lenses.

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