Today I want to share some photography thoughts with you. And mainly… pocket photography. In the recent years we’ve seen mobile phones advance their cameras to the point where it’s actually hard to tell the difference between a DSLR photo and a phone camera photo (apart from the amount of bokeh maybe…). With Apple, LG and Samsung (among others) revolutionising the phone camera capabilities, more and more people start to express themselves photographically by simply using their phones. I am not one to ever leave my DSLR adventures behind.. I love wearing a whole backpack of lenses and camera bodies and changing the lens every 15 minutes, taking time-/hyper-lapses for hours (and making friends wait for me…). So I always thought phone photography is not something that’d fly with me… but as I got my LG G3 last year I realised that more and more often I tend to pull it out to take a photo, that I would’ve normally brought my DSLR to take. This resulted in reducing the times I take my photo pack when leaving home. I thought about ways to improve my experience when shooting with my phone.
Then I found those snap-on phone camera lens extensions.
I found those on eBay, the luxury aluminum body and glass lenses variant cost about USD 7 with Free Shipping from China. I got them in the mail in less than 30 days and started exploring. Needless to say, quality is worsened when you snap on those in front of your camera. However, they have a nice magnetic snap-on mechanism, they’re easy to use and can sometimes improve your photos a hundredfold… or make them even worse 😀
I have uploaded a bunch of photos, both bad and good, for you to see what is the basic effect that can be achieved.
In my opinion the Telephoto lens achieves nothing at all. However, the macro lens can get you pretty close, especially if you have a solid grip and don’t move a lot. The fish-eye lens provides for some nice photos, but I saw that it looses focus when objects are further away…. which made it quite perfect for funny selfies 😉
So.. enjoy and till next time 🙂