Designing a macro lens adapter
With these skills, I learned how to make parts that were more durable and precise, compelling me to take on the challenge of creating my very first piece of equipment — a macro lens adapter. I constructed one using whatever materials I could find at home. I found some sheets of hardened black paper and some magnifying glass lenses to create a 3-part modular macro lens adapter that fit on the hood mount of my lens. The 3 parts, each with their own lens elements, could be attached to the camera lens individually or combined together in any order or configuration. They would then be attached to the lens for different magnifications and focal distances. This way, a different magnification could be achieved by rearranging the lenses, adding 2x, 4x, 5x, 8x and 10x magnification to my lens. After making an addition out of what used to be my microscope, I could also add a 300x, 600x and 1200x magnification to my existing lens.
Occasionally, being limited by my tools, resources, and skills was frustrating. But when my plan for improving my range of photographs actually became a reality, it made it all worth it. For me, the most important part is to keep focusing on learning and expanding my knowledge. Having learned how to draw CAD/CAM drawings and machine parts on a traditional milling machine and lathe, I have progressed on to learning about CNC machining in order to create more precise and complex parts.