Through a normal lens, the world is pretty darn cool. There are films galore, to say nothing of filters and settings, to make that world even cooler. But with a macro lens, even the smallest parts of your world can come into focus. So come on along for a series of tipsters on how to get the most out of your macro lens.
So what the heck is a macro lens, anyhow? It’s any lens that basically blows up whatever you’re looking at beyond its normal size. In other words, if there’s something tiny that you want to take up most of the shot, this is the lens for you.
The first thing you’ll need is a camera capable of using a macro lens. I’m using a Canon AE-1 Program with a Vivitar 55mm 1:2.8 lens. It’s the setup my friend is letting me use indefinitely, the macro lens one of five I get to play with (alongside a fisheye, a couple of zooms, and a “normal” lens). But as the huge fan of the Diana F+ that I am (I have the Glow, and I’m saving up for the Buttercup and True Blue with accessory lenses),the 55mm close-up lens is what you need (and it comes paired with a wide angle lens–awesome!).
With this series, I’m going to go through a few different scenarios for using your macro lens and how you can see your world differently. There is a lot of tiny detail out there just waiting to be captured.
Look for updates from Macro-Land every week or two, depending on how quickly I get film developed. The first entry will be a typical indoor setup, reminiscing on my recently closed retail shop with Macro-Land: Sold!
See you soon!
Words and photos by Kevin Hodur. Previously calling suburban Chicago and Portland home, Kevin now lives and works as a writer on Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Catch editions of The Road Rarely Traveled, his regular dispatches from a very northern life, as well as all of the tipsters from Macro-Land!