Close-up photography conjures up visions of macro lenses, ring lights, and tripods but there are other, unsung accessories, that can make your macro photography easier and more fun too.
A tripod alone is not always enough to assure sharp and steady focus. When focused at the most critical distance you can’t always move the tripod back and forth in tiny, precise increments to produce the sharpest possible focus. That’s why I mount Adorama’s Macro Focusing Rail Set atop the tripod. The set consists of two six-inch rails that permit movement in four directions (right, left, forward, and backward) and provides fine focusing adjustments. Positive locking knobs assure rock-steady focus. While not inexpensive ($179.95) this precision device makes macro photography easier and much more precise.
Using a macro lens lets you get close but achieving a pleasing composition requires a good look through the viewfinder. A right-angle finder, such as Pro Optic’s Right Angle Finder II is the perfect accessory to make macro shots. It has nine elements in five groups and an angled prism for crisp viewing. There are 1X and 2.5X magnification settings and diopter corrections of plus or minus four. The viewfinder rotates through 360 degrees so you can put the camera in position to make the shot and still be able to see the image for precise composition! It even comes with a nice case.