Turn it Around!

I just got one of the best photography tips ever from a student in class today.

Our students came back last week from our "China Alive" field trips. The 9th and 10th grades travel in groups to various locations around China. I gave my students a 'photography scavenger hunt' to do on their journeys. Today was our critique, and one of my students came back with this shot:

I asked him how he got the shot- he has his own DSLR camera, but didn't have a Macro lens, as far as I knew.

I was right, he didn't. Instead, he took off the simple kit lens that came with the camera, and turned it around, focusing through the wrong end.

I gave it a try, and sure enough, it works! Its probably not a great habit to get into- shooting with the lens off, but if you're in a pinch and have a great opportunity for an extreme close-up, that's a valuable tip!

Thanks Shan Yuan!


  1. Mr Pittman said...
    Cool. I'd totally forgotten that old trick. Used to do it when I was a student too - many, many years ago.
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    I never knew! I've been taking macro shots of just about everything on my desk since then ;)
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