Poor Man’s Macro: Jumping Spider

I have a love hate relationship with spiders.  I am scared of them but they one of my favorite subjects to photograph.   Jumping spiders especially seem to be more curious than afraid.  Therefore making them an easier subject to photograph. Their natural curiosity gives you more time to work with them.  But be careful, they have no problem with seeing whats inside your camera lens.

Jumping Spider

Poor Man’s Macro: The Cuckoo Bee

I believe this is a cuckoo bee, but I could be wrong.  This shows more of the depth of field using a reverse lens adapter.  Even though most of the bee is in focus you’ll notice everything else goes in and out.  Insects are the most difficult to photograph.  Your working distance is also drastically reduced, so you have to sneak up on bugs which most of the time is easier said than done.

Cuckoo Bee

Poor Man’s Macro: The Fly


Poor man’s macro is slang for reverse lens macro.  For those of you who do not have the money for a macro lens you can take your 18-55mm lens and mount it with a reversal ring.  However this will eventually mess the lens up so make sure you have a spare to use for this.

First thing you will need to order is a reversal ring mount.  They can be found on eBay for just a few dollars and up to $200.  This ring will allow you to mount you lens on backwards.  However as I stated above I would recommend a lens that you can use only for this.  Because of the lens being mounted backwards, there is now an opening for dirt and other harmful things to get into you lens (I have had to fish a spider out before).

Once you have the lens on backwards, make sure that the lens is in manual, auto focus does not work unless you rewire the lens. Once it is on manual start snapping away.  It will take you a few to get used to how your lens works best using this method, obviously some lenses are better than others.

You will also notice that the depth of field gets very narrow the closer you zoom in, which can make photographing your subject very difficult.  You are also dealing with millimeters now instead of inches and feet so the smallest movement will make your subject go slightly out of focus.  I shoot at 1/4000th of a second, and shoot a lot pictures.  Take as many photos as you can, even though it looks clear on the camera, when you get ready to process you will notice that some of them are off just a little.

I’ll be posting some more photos that I have taken over the summer using this method.  I am no expert, but if you have any questions I would be more than happy to steer you in the right direction.

Thank you for reading and while your here, kick back and take a look at some of my other articles and photographs.


Timber Rattlesnake Part 2

Different pose.  Most of the ones that you will find our area have more light pink tone which makes them to be a very beautiful, but potentially dangerous animal.

A closer look at this beauty.