Cheap way to make insane macro photo at home!

When we look at the work of other photographers and notice another outstanding macro shot, we usually think that they would need a well-equipped studio to perform them – but is this really true? Well, let’s look at this shot taken by Ilona Sikorska, a member of #irixteam.

The whole image has wonderful composition, lovely colours and – thanks to the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 – is insanely sharp which helps the whole image to “pop out”.   

The above picture can be taken by anyone with an Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 lens. Only a few simple props have been used to take this picture, which each of us has probably got at home anyway:

  • Hydrogel balls for flowers.
  • A fast aperture of f/2.8 and mid-telephoto focal length (150mm) on the Irix lens has created a wonderful background blur, while the transparent hydrogel balls remain in excellent sharpness.
  • Plastic document wallets. This creates the water-like effect in the picture. The Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens has 11 rounded aperture blades diaphragm so the transmission between the out of focus area and the focus point is smooth and natural.

  • Cheap LED lights. Here, they are used to create a shining effect on the surface of the hydrogel balls. Because of its advanced optical design, the Irix 150mm f/2.8 transfers the micro-contrast perfectly so the transmission between light and shadow stays clear and defined.

Okay, the whole scene looks cheap and cheesy but – let’s be honest – who doesn’t like the final result?

This is the beauty of macrophotography. When you have the right lens like the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro, the only limit is your own creativity.

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