Some Tips About RRM
1) Is it about magnification? It's not just about magnification. We get that with normal macro anyways. We have the traditional NIKKOR 105mm and 60mm f/2.8, which are great lenses, however there's more to just magnifications.
2) It's all about the bokeh? What is bokeh? Bokeh, also known as “Boke” is one of the most popular subjects in photography. The reason why it is so popular, is because bokeh makes photographs visually appealing, forcing us to focus our attention on a particular area of the image. The word comes from Japanese language, which literally translates as “blur”. And YES, it is all about the bokeh!
3) Is RRM diffcult? Well, nothing in life is easy… Remember those first few years practicing with your dedicated macro lens. Trying to understand the lens, F-stop, sweet spots and distance. Same goes for the RRM, a little patience is needed to first understand it, then perfect it. As much as you learn about the lens, it teaches you patience and how to make small movements to get things sharp. Just to add to this, you must learn how to light up your subject. Light is important in RRM photography, so use those strobes or continuous lights.
4) What does one look for in RRM? It's a combination of sharpness and artistic blurriness. Not a lot of people understand this part, but it’s actually a combination of art and science. Art being the artistic blurriness while science is the part you get to identify your subject. I must say, it’s about making your images look unique.
5) Is this the poor man's macro? Well, yes… Back in the days when there was no dedicated lens, I believe people got innovative and decided to make do with what they had. Reversing a lens with a Reverse Ring Adapter helped.
6) What's a reverse 50mm f/1.4 like? A simple reverse 50mm 1.4 is almost equivalent to a + 20 diopter and the plus point is, if you are using a NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 like me, you're guaranteed the best glass in the market.
7) What is mininum focus distance? This could be 2 or 3cm or closer. Thus getting the right port configuration is a must to fit your lens configuration.
8) What about lens combinations? There are tons of lenses out there. Some you might have owned or can be purchased. It's like Lego - you can customise your image to your preference (bokeh, magnification etc). Combining your lens will give you more magnification, different bokeh and paper-thin-focus working distance, so it’s best that your practice on land prior to getting in the water.
9) What subject is RRM approved? Basically, it’s all about knowing your lens and working with subjects that fit your viewfinder. Easy? Try it - I suggest you practice on land first.
10) How to create the swirling bokeh? That's all about how creative you want to get. Understand your lens and you will be rewarded. The fun starts when you go reverse.