Macro/Close-up Photo Assignment

"Sometimes, the smallest of things can be just as inspiring as the biggest, but when did you last stop and really look at what's around? From the tiniest insect to the patterns on a leaf, starting to see things through different eyes can put a whole new spin on the world around us. Macro and close up photography is a great way to appreciate the little things in life."
Linda Brown -Chief Editor,

Last spring, many of you created beautiful Close-up images using your Smartphones. A few of you had access to a DSLR camera and/or macro lens and used them with great success on the
Close-up assignment. This year I would like you to revisit the Macro/Close-up assignment -but there's a twist, you will be shooting this assignment using two techniques.

#1 The standard Close-up/Macro technique.
This first technique is pretty straightforward -similar to the assignment you shot last spring, only now you are using your DSLR camera instead of a smartphone. Using any exposure setting you would like (it could be AV, Manual, or the "macro" flower exposure mode), get as close to the subject as your camera will focus and shoot close-up/macro photographs, using interesting objects and beautiful light.

#2 The "Reverse Lens" MACRO technique -this is something most of you have never tried.
There is a "photo hack" for shooting super-close macro images using your DSLR camera. This hack is the "reverse lens" technique. You literally remove the lens from the camera, turn it around, and hold it against the camera body while you take the photo. Doing this allows the camera to focus super close on the subject -much closer than you would be able to by using only your standard camera lens.

Below are links to a brief article and three videos explaining how to use the "reverse lens" approach.
STEP 1: Read Reverse Lens Macro: How to use it as a learning tool
STEP 2: Watch Turn ANY LENS into a MACRO LENS
STEP 3: Watch Reverse Lens DIY Macro
STEP 4: Watch Reverse Lens Macro Photography | Photo Hack

• After you have read the article and watched to videos, use your DSLR camera and the reverse
lens technique to shoot awesome close-up images.
•Take the lens off the camera and carefully hold it backwards against the camera body.
•Make sure your camera is on "M" -the "manual" exposure mode.
•You can still control the shutter speed and ISO to get the exposure correct, but the aperture
can't be controlled since the lens is disconnected.
•Make sure your lens is on "Manual" focus mode.
•To focus you move the camera closer or further from your subject, and you will need to be super close (and I mean super close!).

•Shooting a brightly lit subject will help -make sure your shadow is not in the shot(!)
•You'll need to be in a well lit area to keep the shutter speed fast enough because of how wiggly you will be holding the camera and to keep the ISO low.
•Use the manual exposure setting! -You won't be able to change your f/stop, but you can control the shutter speed to make the image brighter or darker.
•Holding the lens against the camera body is clunky -so you have to be careful...
•Please do this in a dust-free environment, so your camera sensor doesn't become covered with dust. Put the lens back on the camera as soon as you are finished shooting!
•The Depth of Field in the image is very, very shallow -so just a little movement forward or backward will make the shot out of focus. Because of this, you will have to steady yourself and be very patient -it will take multiple tries, moving very slightly forward and backward, to get a good shot.

SUBMIT TWO AMAZING CLOSE-UP images & a 20-image proofsheet in Google Classroom.
Pick your two best close-up/macro shots -one "normal" technique & one "reverse lens" technique
•Use Pixlr to edit/crop your images
•Adjust the tonal and color balance.
•Submit your two cropped and adjusted images in the Google Classroom folder.
A 20-image proofsheet is required.