5 Simple Ways to Add a Macro Lens to Your Smartphone
If you have a smartphone with a good camera, chances are you don't think it's good enough. There's always something that can better with your mobile pics, and for me, that something is closeup shots.
I love macrophotography. The finer things in life excite me, finer meaning the tiny details in the objects around me that my eyes are usually ignorant of. What doesn't excite me is paying for a macro lens add-on.
Why pay when you can DIY? Luckily, there are no shortage of ideas for adding macro capabilities to your smartphone.
All you've got to do is extract the tiny macro lens from the door viewer and slide it in-between your phone's camera lens and your case (if the case fits that snug).
Then, if your phone's got a closeup setting for the camera, like his BlackBerry does, make sure it's set. If not, give it a try anyways. This is how big the difference is:
To see more examples images, check out fariedh's guide.
Don't have a door viewer laying around? By no means should you have to purchase one, otherwise you might as well just buy a real macro lens add-on for your smartphone. But chances are you've got an old DVD drive or player collecting dust somewhere. Well, there's a lens in there, too!
You can also use the lens from a cheap disposable camera!
No door viewer, DVD drive, or disposable camera? Don't let that stop you from taking macro shots with your phone. The key is as simple as turning on your faucet. Just use a drop of water to magnify your subjects! This works particularly well on an iPhone, but may work on other smartphone models, too (though don't quote me on that).
Scared of killing your phone with water damage? Then there's always paying a buck for some super cheap reading glasses and using one of the lenses as a magnifier. If it can work for a small point-and-shoot, why not a phone?
You can also use a tiny magnifying glass lens and some Sugru to hold it in place.
You can pretty much use any tiny lens you have lying around the house. If you're not using the particular object that it's in anymore, hack out the lens and use it for something you carry around with you everyday!
How do you shoot macro photos on your phone?