Close-up Filters in DSLR


Want a cheap way to do macro style pictures? Well macro filters or close-up filters is just for you. Close-up filters are available in different strengths(which is how can your filters zoom more). These lenses are attached in front of your DSLR lens and works like a magnifying glass. These are often sold in sets with a +1, +2 and +4 diopter lens. Two or more filters can be combined to increase magnification level.

  • But note these filters is not high as a macro lens which cost more money.
  • You can add up than +1, +2 and +4 (ex. you can add another +4 to make it +11 in total)
  • I bought +1, +2 and +4 which costs around $20 dollars.
  • Much cheaper than $200-300 dollars of macro lens.
  • There are other ways to do macro photography using a Reverse Lens and Extension Tube but we will use Close-up filters instead.

Lets start by taking these filters off:


My macro filters are +1, +2 and +4

 Start by putting your filters one by one:


Now shoot! 

(If you tried to zoom your lens and the outcome is this one, blurred subject.)

Normal lens without close-up filters:


 By combining all +1, +2 and +4 filter and these will be the outcome:



 Since I’m busy and I don’t have much time to take macro pictures, here are the other photos I saw on Google:




There are many wonderful ways how to take macro photos. Just shoot and learn many things, as my favorite quote says:

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”by Henri Cartier-Bresson.


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