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3 Ultra-Cheap DIY Macro Photography Hacks

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New to the world of macro photography? Don't worry, there are cheap alternatives to buying pricey, brand new lenses. If you're crafty and you've got time to spare, try tackling one of the three projects below.

1. The DVD Player Macro Lens Hack

Got an old DVD player lying around? Extract the lens and attach it to your camera phone for a powerful new macro lens. Try Lifehacker's video tutorial below, or DIY Photography's step-by-step guide.

2. The Pringles Can Method

Turn a Pringles can into a lens extender with MAKE Magazine's video tutorial—check out pixiq's article for the step-by-step in article form, or download the original MAKE PDF here.

3. Build Your Own Macro Photography Stage

The average digital camera is capable of getting some great close-up macro shots without the fancy lens—as long as the lighting and environment are right. Hack N Mod demonstrates how to create your own clean macro photography stage with a cardboard box and some tracing paper.

3 Ultra-Cheap DIY Macro Photography Hacks

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This is an older article, but useful for this week's photo challenge. Most insect photography is taken with a macro lens (though you don't necessarily have to do it in this style). Above are three diy projects for hacking together some inexpensive macro tools.

I saw this one that used a disposable camera lens, its really cool

post a link to the corkboard, we'd love to see it.


or be lazy and buy a macro lens, like me.. (yeah, I suck) but the picts are awesome.

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