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Macro Photography With Your Smartphone

Always fascinated about Macro Photography, bokeh and sharp images of tiny little objects? Want to shoot like a professional Macro Photographer but don’t have a professional equipment a DSLR?

Well, in this era of smartphone anyone can capture a stunning macro photograph with their phone.
As it is said that it’s the person behind the lens who creates the image not the camera.  

Well, here is the step by step guide to create stunning macro photograph with the gadget in your pocket.

Ingredients:

Your eye

A Smartphone

A lens

Cello tape or insulating tape

 

When I was learning photography way back in 2011, macro or close-up lenses for mobile were not available on e-commerce websites. That unavailability pushed me to search something in my home to create a DIY macro lens. Cutting the struggle short, let me tell you what do you exactly need:

An old film roll camera, be it Kodak or Yashica or a toy camera (Hard to find!) which had images of monuments or actors/actresses would work.

Disassemble the camera you have found and take out the small lens from it carefully. Opening a film roll camera is difficult if you are not an expert, you may get electric shock because of the capacitor, reach out to an expert for help.

Once you got the lens, fix it on the camera of your mobile phone with tape. Start your camera and start shooting. Use Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom to process your image.

 

Tips:

Look for patterns, shapes and texture. If you’re shooting in your room and its dark, try using a flash light or a table lamp. See other photographers work to get inspired but don’t mimic. When shooting insects, do not touch them, move them or disturb them in any manner, shoot them naturally. If you get any glue residue on your phone because of the tape, clean it with cotton and isopropyl (any deodorant will also work), apply the liquid on cotton instead of the phone directly, never ever apply it on the lens. If you are experiencing shaky or blurry image because of any kind of movement of your hand, rest it on something before clicking the image.

All the best!

 

5 COMMENTS
  • Jamshed Nehal
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experience. You capture such beautiful images. This will help me a lot when I will do macro photography. Finally, thank you for giving me that lens kit . I will keep it forever.

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