If you’re reading this article it’s because the macro world has already seduced you (and it doesn’t surprise me). You may have already done your pinitos (or more than that) in this thing of magnifying small objects, turning tiny insects into giants or revealing every detail of a plant, or you may want to try and don’t know very well where to start. Perfect, whatever your case you’re in the right place, because I’m going to show you accessories for macro photography, whether you’re a beginner or if you’ve already premiered. Acomódate that comes a listing the sea of interesting.
For beginners, especially. Especially to try at a ridiculous price if this macro photography goes with you or not. To play and experiment before jumping to a real macro target. In this article I tell you a little more about this accessory. You’ll find it on Amazon for about 10 euros (make sure you choose the right diameter).
Like the previous option, it is an accessory indicated for beginners or specific moments in which economy takes precedence over quality. It’s a somewhat more sophisticated option than the ring, but it’s still “a fix”. You can build them at home (there are a few tutorials on youtube) or buy them with electronic communication from 30 euros or without electronic communication for about 20 euros, the difference is explained here. I leave you the link to extension tubes with electronic communication for different brands.
Macro Conversion Lenses
Conversion lenses are an accessory that is screwed onto the lens (so the diameter must be the same) because it works just like a filter. Unlike the extension tubes, being a crystal that interposes between the lens and the motif, the quality decays.
It is good to start or to experiment, although in this case the extension tubes are recommended before. You can find it for about 50 euros (remember to choose the diameter well).
It works similarly to extension tubes. In this case, all electronic communication is lost and all settings have to be made manually. The advantage over the tubes is that you can vary the macro distance by increasing or decreasing the extension of the bellows. This example for Nikon costs 60 euros, on Amazon. These are for starters, as there are those like this one that can even reach more than 1:1, an increase that many macro objectives do not achieve.
In macro photography the tripod is very important, because just as the size of the photographed motif is magnified, so do the vibrations of the camera. Good stabilization is essential for sharp photos. Mario told you at the time the tripod that your SLR camera would like to have, in this case, the ideal is a tripod without a column so that it can be placed flush with the ground. A good option can be this one (for 200 euros), or this one, which you find for about 250 euros.
For the same reason as the tripod, you need a remote trigger. Any accessory that minimizes camera vibrations is welcome, as it will help you get a better result. This accessory is also useful for other types of photographs, too versatile to be so cheap (less than 10 euros!!!) , (Make sure it is compatible with your camera).
You also have the option of the cable trigger, the only thing is that it limits the shooting distance to the distance of the cable. Here’s one for Canon for 9 euros, or this one for Nikon with a timer for 11 euros.
Right Angle Viewfinder
The right angle viewfinder is not a very essential accessory, it will simply make it easier for you to look through the viewfinder in uncomfortable positions, for example when photographing at ground level. If you don’t want to lie on the floor, this is your accessory and it costs about 50 euros.
This accessory allows the distance between the camera and the object to be photographed to be modified very precisely. There are different prices, because according to their robustness or stability the cost varies. Here’s one to get you started for 30 euros with very good ratings.
It is the truly annular flash because it only has one tube in the shape of a circle. If you go a little beyond trying and experimenting you may be a little short, as they do not have very advanced functions and the light is uniform throughout the ring. Now, they’re the cheapest. For example this one for less than 30 euros, or this one for 55 euros that includes three diffusers.
Macro Annular Flash
It may seem that we are talking about the same accessory as the previous one, but it is not so, they only resemble in shape, because in this case they are two tubes that can work independently so it offers you many more possibilities of lighting and also allows you to adjust other parameters such as the amount of light. Among many other models you have this one of Yongnuo for 100 euros (in the image), or this one of Newer for less than 80 euros.
This type of flash is usually considered better for macro photography, among other aspects because as the light strikes with a greater angle can be obtained greater relief, although they are also more expensive (much more) and bulky. As you can see, it’s not about better or worse, but what’s best for you according to your needs. Here you have an example for about 500 euros, the same of the image, for Nikon, or this one for Canon for almost 900 euros. The difference is pretty important, don’t you think? We almost better leave these for the macro professionals.
Obviously you can’t do macro photography without a macro lens, unless you use the accessories you were presented with at the beginning, such as the tubes or the ring. If you’ve already seen that you’re passionate about this photograph and want to delve deeper, maybe it’s time to buy a macro lens, here are some recommendations from my colleague Iaio.
You won’t always need a flash, the lighting conditions may allow you to shoot without it and with a few simple reflectors you achieve an impressive effect. In addition, they have many utilities beyond the macro and costing only 10 euros, as these are a great investment. You also have better quality like these Polaroid for about 22 euros. There are different sizes, choose the one that suits you best.
You can never forget the background in photography, but in macro much less. You don’t have to spend a pasture, but always have cards handy that turn into a good background. To hold them you can use this telescopic tripod that also serves to hold the reflectors. It costs 65 euros.
I hope this article will help you immerse yourself in the breathtaking world of macro photography or navigate through it with greater comfort. If so, I will be satisfied. Can you think of any other accessory or do you want to share with us one that you use? We are all ears! And if you find it interesting, share it on Facebook, Twitter or Google +, so we know if we are on the right track by choosing the topics.
Thank you for reading this far, and see you next time!