I wanted to make-up for those of you that were not able to get into the Product Photography class on Skillshare. So, I decided to share this ‘tool of the trade’ that I use for my product photography from time to time. I first learned about it via a Scott Kelby book (if you aren’t familiar with him and are a photography newbie, I highly recommend his series). I was also pleased to know that Jen Huang recommended it as well. The tool today is a close-up lens set it’s a great alternative to an expensive macro lens. My set was under $15. What it allows you to do is get in much closer than you would normally be able to with your lens. I almost always shoot with a 50mm lens so I made sure to buy a set that would fit on my lens. It came with 4 lens attachments a +1, +2, +4, +10. What I usually do is stack the +1 and +2 (there are grooves to allow them to attach to eachother). For me that is the best combo to still create a sharp image. The +10 works but I feel creates a very narrow amount of detail and a lot of soft shallow depth of field, which might work well for creative shooting but not so well for product photography. I took some sample shots below for comparison. The first one on the left is shot with my 50mm lens without the addition of the close-up lenses (this is how close I could get in). The one on the right is with the close-up lens +1 and +2 close-up attached. You can really see how much closer I was able to get in and shoot, it’s pretty amazing! On a side note, I have seen the Hoya close-ups get great reviews, I have not tried them but it’s another option if you can’t find one that will fit on your specific lens.
Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future.