Now for the Macro Lens part... I have been trying to improve the quality of my project photos and decided to try an (inexpensive) Macro Lens. This particular item was less than $40.00 with shipping. It is not a typical (expensive) Macro Lens. Rather this one screws onto your camera lens (it does not act alone in other words) and then simply maginfies the image. It does create a hazy circle around the image that can be cropped out (thus the saying, "You get what you pay for." applies here.). Directly below is a photo of how close I could get to the grunge flower without a Macro Lens (expensive or cheap) with my Olympus E-410 SLR digital camera equipped with the 14-45mm Lens. I did not crop this photo.
And here is how close I could get to the grunge rose with the (product box in photo above) Opteka 10x Macro-type magnifying lens.
So for less than 40 bucks I can now get some much better close-up shots... you know so that all the little flaws in my projects can be seen nice and clear. :-)
As for the Copic Markers part... I'm tickled pink because my application was accepted to take the Certification Training for Copic Markers that is scheduled here in Michigan on June 12! I am so excited to have this opportunity to really learn some techniques first hand from the professionals themselves. I'm also excited that afterwards I can pass all that info on to you! Yee Haw!