I recently picked up a new macro lens for the iPhone 4, called the Olloclip. I first came across it on the Kickstarter website and quickly became a backer.
I love how easy it is to attach to the iPhone 4 and take off when I’m done. It is very sturdy and I don’t worry about it falling off. This is my main lens and I haven’t had any problems and highly recommend it! You can buy the Olloclip macro lens from their website, or your local Apple Store, Best Buy or Target.
My first first macro lens was purchased from Photojojo. It is very similar to the Olloclip macro in lens quality and performance. It is magnetic and snaps on to the back of the phone. It is lightweight, and small (both a positive and negative).
Unfortunately, the metal washer that sticks to the glass back of the iPhone 4 lost its stickiness. They give you about 4 washers, but each one eventually became loose over time. I think this happened from taking photos out in the heat/sunlight for hours at a time, and a combination of the heat and my sweat caused the problem. Many people don’t have this problem, and I think the strength of the magnet might also be a factor.
Olloclip & Photojojo macro lens test, side by side:
Here are some test shots I took of the same subjects with both the Olloclip and Photojojo macro lenses:
As you can see, they both are great. However, I prefer the Olloclip’s design and ease of use.
The light must be right.
- Best results and colors will be shooting when the sun is low in the horizon (early morning or sunset).
- Try finding a shaded area if the sun is high and bright, or else your photos will be washed out or full of highlights.
- Experiment shooting subjects that are backlit for vivid colors and sharp results.
- Light, light, light!
Steady. Breathe. Tap.
- Hold the phone steady, about 1 inch from your subject.
- Try to hold the phone with both hands, or use your surroundings to rest the phone for more support.
- Compose carefully. Tap to focus, and then quickly take the picture once your camera app focuses.
- If you can’t get a sharp photo: you are too close or too far, there’s not enough light, or the phone is not still enough.
Practice makes perfect.
- Take many shots. Review afterwards to delete the blurry ones.
- Be patient. Just because your subject just flew away, doesn’t mean it won’t be back 30 seconds later to say “hello.”
- Explore the Instagram #macro feed and learn from others. Ask questions to see “how they did it.” It’s a positive, photo-friendly community.