30 Days of Smartphone Photography Day 26
Previously in my 30 day smartphone challenge I showed you my Photojojo wide/macro camera phone lens.
Today I have a quick how to and overview of all three lenses. Photojojo has all sorts of cool bits and pieces and I got this 3 pack of lenses (Fisheye, Polarizer and Wide/Macro) for $49.00. Photojojo claims these lenses will fit on any phone model, but be warned some phone covers won't work with these lenses and the magnetic ring.
Each lens comes with these little magnetic rings which you attach to your camera around the lens. You get a few extras too so no worries if it falls off (this hasn't happened to me and I have had the same ring on for a month now).Clean your lens and the area around it, then after removing the backing paper attach the sticky ring carefully to your camera. Make sure its lined up because they are kinda hard to move once stuck. You can remove the ring when you want to get it off, but it does leave some sticky residue.
Press the ring firmly onto your phone lens, then leave it to stick for at least half an hour before you try attaching a lens.
The lens simply magnetically attaches to the ring.
Easy! You're good to go.
Here's what each lens does
The Fisheye lens is a very wide angled lens which gives a hemispherical looking photograph as shown below. The first photo is from my phone camera as is at the same distance as the second photo with the Fisheye lens. The Fisheye lens takes in a 180 degree view and distorts everything so it appears like a bubble (or fishbowl).
This lens is really cool if you want to take photo's of scenes too wide for your regular camera, or if you just want to add a touch of wackiness.
A polarizing lens is designed to block light at certain angles, produce more saturated colors and help to block reflected light from windows or water. The lens helps to create a vibrant image so you don't have to do as much (or any) post processing. The first shot is my camera as is, and the second is with the polarizer attached.
The green of the trees definitely looks greener and the caravan in the left corner is much less blown out, but the sky is basically the same.
Use this lens on bright sunny days or if there is a lot of reflective light to capture beautiful vibrant images.
The wide/macro lens lets you take extra wide angle shots or super close ups. The lens comes in two parts and you simply unscrew the wide angle top off the macro lens to use the macro function. Both together make the wide angle lens.
The first two photos below are as close as I could get to the lenses without my phone camera losing focus. The third image was taken with the macro attached and you can see how much closer I was able to get. There is much more detail and you get a nice blurred effect in the parts of the photo which are out of focus. You need to get very close with the macro lens to get a focused shot (between 10-20mm).
The wide angle (shown in the second photo below) creates quite a lot of distortion, especially in the corners. You can crop your image to get rid of the dark corners though. This lens is similar to the Fisheye, just less intense.
Use this lens for wide landscapes.
Having a few extra lenses for your phone camera makes taking photos much more fun. I really like the wide/angle macro for getting close up detail.
If you're getting bored with your phone camera, there's nothing better than getting yourself re-inspired with a new lens.
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