Getting really close and taking worthy photos could be quite a challenge especially if you don't own a good close-up lens (or none at all like me). I guess I must have become rather rusty with this as it took some time to take several nice images.
When you go shooting close-up photography it is essential that you have more than enough light and all the patience in the world. Don't expect to go home with tons of good images and be prepared to scrap lots of the photos especially when shooting at a wider aperture.
And talking about aperture, I wouldn't recommend going for those values that usually give you a swell bokeh in portraiture (f1.8-f4). At these you will be losing focus constantly and gaining blur. It all works on different scales when you get this close to objects so experiment a lot and take several shots of an a object while refocusing.
I do not own a macro lens but there are 2 ways you can get away without having to buy one:
- Get one of those magnifying glass type lenses you can mount in front of your lens. These glasses will give you lots of distortion around the edges when mounted on wider lenses but will deliver nice results on a prime lens.
- Or you can simply buy a reverse ring adapter for you 50mm prime lens and use it as a macro lens (if it has an aperture control ring)
You can also check out my tips on flower photography.