Photography: Polaroid Optics 4 Piece Close Up Filter Set

Polaroid Optics 4 Piece Close Up Filter Set

Last week when I attended The Body Shop at Home Event (you can read my post about it here) we were given a mini-masterclass in blog photography by the incredibly knowledgeable Stuart from Dreghorn Photography.  He broke down the basics such as lighting and using camera settings. He also introduced us to macro lenses. This was new to me and pretty damn revolutionary! Myself and other bloggers were under the impression that you’d need a very expensive lens to get closer to what you’re photographing. I’m so pleased to say I was very wrong about that!

I think there’s a general consensus that you have to invest in an expensive kit to get great photography. While it’s entirely up to you how much you want to spend and if you do want the best go for it but I think you can also do it relatively cheaply. I do love photography and by far the most expensive things I have are my camera and lens. I’m currently using an Olympus Pen E-LP7 with the 45mm lens which is well worth investing in for your blog photography, or your photography in general. This lens will you give you beautiful depth that the kit lens can’t do. I don’t use specialist lighting or expensive Photoshop. I’m lucky that I have a nice big window that lets in a decent enough amount of light. I am going to do another post soon about my full set-up and how I take photos.

As soon as I got home from the event I had a look on Amazon where I came across these rather nifty Polaroid 4-Piece Close Up Camera Lens Filter Kit. The lenses come in +1,+2, +4 and +10. Each lens lets you get increasingly closer to the subject while still keeping everything in focus. Genius. They come in different sizes to fit different lenses. My camera lens is 37 but they’re also available for lots of other sizes.

The lenses are incredibly well made and easily screw on and off the camera lens. They also come in a protective pouch that’s small enough to be carried about in a bag. 

Polaroid Optics 4 Piece Close Up Filter Set

Polaroid Optics 4 Piece Close Up Filter Set

In the top nail polish photo I’m using my camera without the macro lens. This is as close I can get to the subject without my camera going crazy trying to focus. In the one below it I’m using the +2. I can get much closer to the subject before losing focus.


In the first picture of the small wind-up cat toy (which is about 3 or 4 cm long and roughly 2 cm high) I’m using the +4 and I can get in really close without losing focus. The blurring effects is due to me using 1.8 aperture. In the one below I’m using the +10 macro lens and this gets in super close. This was a bit tricky initially as I’m not used to shooting so close up but if you love taking macro shots of small things this is absolutely brilliant.

The Polaroid 4-Piece Close Up Camera Lens Filter Kit is a brilliant and effective (and budget!) way of creating macro photography. For beauty bloggers it really lets you get close to the products, so for swatches it’s just excellent. I really rate these, they’re going to make a big difference to my photography.

Have you tried these?

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6 Comments

  1. March 30, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Your photographs are always dreamy. Can't believe the pic of the wind up cat toy, so close. I definitely need to set aside some time to really get familiar with my camera settings and different lenses etc. Photography isn't something I'm good at but your pics deffo make me want to at least give it a good try. x
    Moany Mouse | Scottish Lifestyle Blog

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:04 pm

      thank you! that's very kind of you to say. I just play about with settings to get the effects I like, when I have time to do it justice I'll do a post (or posts) about photography <3

  2. April 2, 2016 / 12:52 am

    Wow! These sound fab. I have a problem with trying to get as close as I would like to products. I could never work out why or how to fix it, but these sound like they're just the job! For £16, you certainly can't complain. I'll definitely be picking some of these up when I have a little money to spare. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

    • April 2, 2016 / 9:36 am

      they're well worth it, I'm so pleased I dont need a lens that costs ££££s xx

  3. January 17, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Just found this post Trona, sorry! I don't comment much on blogs as much as I'd like, dealing with mine & coping with my health.
    I wanted to say how much I love your IG feed, amazing photography. I've been thinking of getting a Pen but can't afford just yet. I never realised you used one, so enjoyed reading this post on the lenses. That cat toy close up is awesome!
    Thanks for the info & keep up the good work
    H x

    • January 18, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      ah thank you so much! I really appreciate that! I completely understand, I've been really struggling lately too xx

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