Exploring Miniature Worlds With Macro Filters

Two days ago I started to play again with my Vivitar macro filters to learn the tricks of the trade.  As they say, “practice makes perfection”.

When I started studying close-up and macro photography, I didn’t know it required so many small accessories to take a clear picture of those fantastic miniature worlds.  These are some of the “small things” you should have if you are serious about taking good close-up or macro photos:


  1. Focusing rail
  2. Mirror lock-up camera feature
  3. Tripod
  4. Cable release
  5. Camera built-in self-timer
  6. Wireless remote triggering device
  7. Ring flash
  8. Reflectors

I don’t have many of the items on the list, but I’m taking pictures with what I have.  At this very moment, a package with Neewer 43″ 5-in-1 collapsible disk reflectors is traveling from Amazon to Miami FL . It is scheduled to arrive in Miami by November 16th.  The five modifiers included in the package are:  translucent, silver, gold, white and black.  Price:  $14.49.

I’m excited to use this convenient accessory to lighten up my subjects when the camera is too close, thus blocking the available light.

Another valuable tip worth remembering when shooting close-up or macro pictures.  As a general guide, if your shutter speed has fallen below 1/60 of a second, you should not be shooting without a tripod, and if your shutter speed falls below 1/15 of a second, you should always be using a cable release or the camera’s self timer, along with the camera’s mirror lock-up feature if the camera has this feature.

Image of grains of rice on a dish using a Canon DSLR camera, a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens, and a tripod. This is as close as I could get. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Picture of the same grains of rice as the earlier image, only  this time I added a Vivitar 10X macro lens. As you can see, this is a better picture with a decent magnification, albeit not a one-to-one reproduction. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Picture of a tack sharp close-up picture of the same grains of rice shot with my ole P&S Canon PowerShot A720 IS camera using its Macro feature. As you can see, it is the best of the three shots. Conclusion: Don’t throw away your cheap P&S cameras, they are proved be excellent devices with surprising features. I was very happy with this shot. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

2 thoughts on “Exploring Miniature Worlds With Macro Filters”

    1. Morning Ann:

      Just practicing to improve the skills, Ann. Close-up and macro photography is my cup of tea at this point in time. Still need to revamp my gear to take better pictures, but for the time being will work with what little I have.

      Rice is a carbohydrate that most Panamanian eat every single day of the year. If there is no rice on the plate, there is no real meal. We are avid rice eaters.

      Best Regards,


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