Have you ever been out somewhere and thought "Man, I wish I had my macro lens right now?" Maybe you were trying to photograph a gorgeous flower or bright green moss on a tree but your camera wouldn't get close enough to do the pretty thing justice. I have a semi-solution! Now, I say semi because this little trick doesn't allow you to get the crisp and clear shot you would with a macro lens and tripod, but I think it has a really neat effect.
In order to do this all you need is a camera with a detachable lens. First, take your lens off and turn it around so the part that would usually snap into your camera to hold it in place is closest to the object you want to photograph. You are literally going to shoot through the lens backwards. Hold the backwards lens against the camera where your lens would usually snap in place and get fairly close to your object until you find the details you want to photograph.
The trick is the focus. You are the focus. You have to move slightly forward or backwards until the object you want to focus on is there the way you want it. I love this and diss this at the same time because it allows you to kind of play and be artsy in your photograph but if you breath or move at all your object will be out of focus. You must be as still as a ninja!
To me, photography is all about experimentation and fun. I hope you enjoy playing with this technique as much as I have!
The shot below is taken with the 24-70 mm lens zoomed all the way in.
And this one is with that same 24-70 mm lens turned backwards.
The photo below is taken with the 50 mm.