Home photography ideas: Shoot macro with no macro lens, using a reversing ring

Home photography ideas: Shoot macro with no macro lens, using a reversing ring

Reversing rings are seemingly obscure accessories to new photographers, yet they offer a superb level of additional functionality for your existing lenses – they transform a normal lens into a macro lens! 

By attaching a reversing ring onto the filter thread of a standard or moderate wide lens, this can then be mounted on a camera body in the same way as any other compatible optic. The attached lens, which may have no macro function in its standard orientation, can now be used at very close focusing distances, enabling high magnification. 

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Peter Fenech

As the Editor for  Digital Photographer magazine, Peter is a specialist in camera tutorials and creative projects to help you get the most out of your camera, lens, tripod, filters, gimbal, lighting and other imaging equipment.

After cutting his teeth working in retail for camera specialists like Jessops, he has spent 11 years as a photography journalist and freelance writer – and he is a Getty Images-registered photographer, to boot.

No matter what you want to shoot, Peter can help you sharpen your skills and elevate your ability, whether it’s taking portraits, capturing landscapes, shooting architecture, creating macro and still life, photographing action… he can help you learn and improve.