I'm newish to photography, and everyone’s comments and tips on this site have really helped me develop my photography. So I’m going to share my poor man’s alternative to taking macro photos with everyone to pass on some tips.
I really like taking macro photos unfortunately I can't afford a macro lens for my Olympus e-400. So I have improvised with a cheap alternative for a lens and macro flash.
Below I use a Raynox DCR-250 macro converter lens which just snaps onto the form of my Olympus 40-150mm lens. This cost me about £25 off ebay.
The flash is simple homemade macro flash. Just taped up a white paper bag to the Hot shoe flash, and bob's your uncle
Here are some examples i took with this setup. The flower shoot was done handheld.
The ladybird one was done without the flash, but the sun was shining anyway.
I’m not saying that this set up is better then going out and buying a macro lens, and the raynox lens does have its faults, it has really shallow DOF. It also made my 40-150mm focus distance go from about 0.5m to about 10cm away, so you will scare those shy bugs away.[/url]