He Loves Me…He Loves Me Not: Using Macro Lens Filters and Adding Texture Layers in Photoshop

A couple of months ago I came across this idea, on a photography forum, for using a close-up lens filter to achieve a similar look that a macro lens gives you without having to invest hundreds of dollars on a new lens.  The photographs below were taken with my Canon 50mm 1.8 STM lens plus the Vivitar 49mm Series 1 Close-up Lens+4 (4x magification). The Vivitar Close-up lenses comes as a set of 4 (+1, +2, +4 and +10 and can also be stacked together for even greater magnification). This set of 4 lens cost $12.95 on Amazon. I am not a professional photographer so I did not find purchasing a macro lens would be necessary for me, but these super inexpensive close-up lens gives me a little added creativity for practicing my photography.

I have been admiring the work of Kathleen Clemons who uses a Lensbaby Lens to bend the sweet spot of focus for that dreamy blurry background in her photography (check out some of her photos on her website and Instagram.) Since I love photographing flowers, I wanted to try her photographic techniques.  Kathleen also uses texture layers in Photoshop for added dimension  to her photographs.

Can I just say Photoshop is NO JOKE! That is some series photo editing learning curb.  I spent hours today between YouTube (mainly because there aren’t a lot of tutorials using the latest version of Photoshop and the interfaces look different) and Photoshop itself trying to learn how to apply a texture layer to these two images and I’m not even going to tell you about the nightmare I experienced with Hue and Saturation!

So here are my two examples of my macro images of daisies edited in Photoshop to add the texture layer. ( Note: Both the original and edited images are shown for comparison.)  And that concludes my photoshop lesson for today.

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