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How to take colorful macro photos of crystals without a microscope

What is Birefringence? Birefringence is an effect that causes psychedelic rainbow colours to appear in otherwise transparent materials. Such as the magnifying glass in the pictures above. But actually, it’s a little more complicated than that: Birefringent materials (mostly crystals) split an entering light ray into two rays that are both polarized with the vibration […]

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How to use a reverse macro lens with the Blackmagic 6K pocket cinema camera

Need extreme close-up shots of tiny objects in your video? You’re on a budget and don’t have these fancy extreme macro lenses? Use the technique called “reverse lens macro”. It’s well known in the macro photography world but surprisingly unknown in videography. Simply put, you take a wide-angle lens. For example, take an old 28mm […]

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How to take macro photos on instant film for $35

If you’re into retro instant photos or macro photography, you’re gonna like this video. And if you’re into both, plus you have a limited budget, then you’re gonna love it!  Dave Knop aka Knoptop has discovered a $35 instant camera that lets you take photos only a few inches away from your subject. He even […]

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How to take creative macro photos in your kitchen sink

Here comes a quick, easy tip on something you can try in your kitchen with a macro lens. Yesterday as I was doing the dishes, the water stream hit an egg cup and bounced up in a concentrated jet, splashing water up all over me. We have all been there, and we all hate when […]

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How to use microscope lenses on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

I had some fun lately shooting some macro, and I was curious if I could somehow use my father’s old microscope lenses on my photo and video cameras. The idea is not new. A quick google search showed that it was indeed possible, but you need a special adapter for microscope lenses. The adapter is […]

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How to create this epic rainbow eye effect in camera

When I was photographing eyes a few weeks ago I came across a fascinating phenomenon: The human iris and especially blue irises produce rainbow coloured gradients under cross polarization. I used the cross polarization technique to cancel out harsh reflections of the speedlight that I used to illuminate the eye, which I was photographing, when […]

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This trippy macro timelapse turns shriveling of plants into art

Motion designer Christian Stangl has shown us some incredible videos shot in space. This time, he chose quite the opposite of the vast universe and filmed a timelapse from up close. Using macro lenses or a microscope, he shot an incredible timelapse named Dry Out, showing various plants shriveling as they dry out. “Life needs […]

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