How to Use Macro Filters to Take Amazing Ring Shots

If you are anything like me, you probably spend a lot of time researching before purchasing an important piece of equipment for your photography business. However, when I discovered these macro filters that I am about to introduce you to, I didn’t even blink before I purchased them online.

I mean, worst case scenario, I would spend $10-$20 to give them a try. If I didn’t like them, I could simply return them. I mean… creative macro shots for less than $20? Yes, please! Don’t get me wrong here, they won’t replace a thousand dollar macro lens, but they will allow you to get creative and experiment with macro photography.

What you need to know before you buy:

SIZE

I am currently using my macro filters with my 50 mm lens. However, in order to make sure you purchase the correct size filters, you need to take a look at the inside of your lens cap to find out your lens size. My 50 mm lens requires a 58 mm filter. Make sure you know the correct size of the lens you want to use them with because they need to be an exact match.

What you need to know before you experiment:

APERTURE

Each of my 4 filters have a different magnification level (+1, +2, +4 and +10). Keep in mind that the higher the number, the more magnification your filter will create, and the lower the number, the less magnification your filter will create. If you are used to shooting wide open, you’ll have to rethink your whole process. Try shooting at f1.8, for example, and you won’t get anything in focus. Close down to f10 and you will notice the difference.

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DISTANCE

If you think you are close enough to your subject, get even closer! Unless you get twice as close to your subject as you normally would, your pictures will turn out blurry… and it won’t be because you intentionally created a beautiful bokeh.

how to use micro filters

Are macro filters worth the investment? Absolutely! I love mine and they are sooo easy to use. If you ask me, attaching a macro filter to your lens is quicker and simpler than replacing the lens on your camera body. Let me know if you decide to explore macro photography by using macro filters. I would love to see how creative you can get!

ring shots with macro filters

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  1. Thanks for this! I’ve actually been wondering if they’re worth it!

  2. Shannon Chad says:

    Do you think these would do well on a 70-200 lens?

  3. Ruben Nunez says:

    What a cool tutorial! thanks for sharing!

  4. Great info… thank you! Very interesting…

  5. Great post! I love my macro filters, especially when I’m trying to keep my load light!!

  6. Mercedes says:

    Great tips! I think they’re a great alternative if you haven’t got a dedicated macro lens.

  7. Gwen Fisher says:

    Are you able to stack the filters and use more than one together?

  8. Mariann says:

    Thanks for the post. I will look into it. One question, magnification level do you use most often for ring shots?
    Thanks

  9. What macro filters are these? O:

  10. Tami Keehn says:

    Great info! Macro filters are the best! :)

  11. Kirsten Krupps says:

    You’re tempting me to get some of those filters! :P

  12. Bri Cibene says:

    LOVE macro filters! I’ve been using them for a few years now and they rock! Such an inexpensive alternative to a macro lens :)

  13. Kendra says:

    Thanks for sharing! I actually have a couple of these that came with my lens and I haven’t stepped out of my comfort zone to try them, I think Ill have to change that now ;)

  14. Mindy Rainey says:

    I’ve been wanting to try these out and you’ve convinced me!!

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