Today I wanted to share how I get dreamy macro ring shots… WITHOUT a macro lens.
In 2010, I learned a very valuable lesson.
I purchased a 50mm and 85mm on the same day.
I clung to the 50mm, and used the 85mm maybe twice before selling it off six months later.
When you’re a wedding photographer, you NEED to be able to photograph the sparkly rings and all the gorgeous details. But, most lenses have a minimum focusing distance of ~2-3 feet.
The Canon 100mm macro is a gorgeous lens – with an $899 price tag.
I knew the lens would just collect dust, so paying $900 to use for 5 minutes at each wedding didn’t seem like a smart investment.
But of course, I needed SOMETHING to capture my clients’ beautiful rings, earrings, and details. The solution? AMAZON (aka the solution to EVERYTHING)
For $12.99, 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 4.0-8.0 – 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… $12 could save your life <3
If you don’t know what size filter to get, Google your lens and add “thread size” – ex. Canon 50mm 1.4 thread size and it should pop right up! Then you can purchase the right size.
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