You take so many photos with your iPhone as it is (check out our Cool Capture group and the #CoolCapture tag on Instagram for proof!), you might as well make it a full-time gig. Turn the smartphone that goes with you everywhere into a DSLR with an easy-to-use lens attachment. Nowhere near as bulky as SLR lenses, you can get a variety shots from fish-eye to macro perspective with one of these iPhone lens selections.
Making photography fun is the hobby's number one requirement. When wanting to add some spunk to your picture-taking routine (and potentially come up with some seriously amazing images in the process), check out these lenses that can be swapped out for your regular DSLR lens.
If the iPhone 4 is the most popular camera in the world (and it is), then why treat your mobile lenses any different than your DSLRs? Keep your magnetic fish-eye, macro, and telephoto lenses and iPhone tripods safe and scratch-free with this chic iPhone Lens Wallet ($15).
There's a place for everything, and everything stays put in its place, thanks to a magnetic strip and pockets plus an animal-friendly leather strap to keep things nice and secure inside the canvas and felt wallet. Even better — if you don't have any of these amazing iPhone lenses yet, you can get four (fish-eye, macro, and 2X and 8X telescopic lenses) plus the wallet for just $80. That's a deal if I ever saw one.
Ready to snap some pics? Check out a few of our iPhoneography tips and tricks.
Photojojo was kind enough to send me the plastic Diana+ lens and digital adapter ($60) last week, allowing me to ditch the film while still getting that lo-fi feel to my images. Coming with three distance settings (1-2m, 2-4m, and Infinity), the Diana+ lens is a fun addition to your digital lens arsenal. Good news, plastic camera fans: if you already have a Diana+ lens, you can get the adapter for just $15.
Snapping on the lens is a breeze — just attach the adapter to your Canon or Nikon DSLR, then twist the lens on to the adapter and away you go. I found that the Diana+ works best when shooting in natural light outside, as opposed to indoors, and capturing pops of color. If you do grab this lens for your digital, don't bother trying to get close-up and macro images; that's not what this lens is for. It definitely creates a dreamy ambiance for your pics, so strap it on next time you're at the park with your friends, watching a parade, or taking a walk around town.
Want to see a few unretouched sample images? Click through the gallery!
Trying to get someone to "act natural" in front of a camera is like trying to perfect my costume for a Halloween party: I try, but am never 100 percent believable. With most folks, there's always a bit of apprehension that keeps you from getting that perfect photojournalistic (read: candid) shot, but this little gadget may help you out in that department.
The Super Secret Spy Lens ($50) has a discreet side cutout, fashioned with a precise inner mirror so it looks like you're aiming straight ahead, but are really capturing images on the sly. Now, this can be a great tool if you aren't a pro at putting your subjects at ease, but since that's part of the job of a photographer, wouldn't you want the practice? Also, I might feel a bit like a peeping Tom, but maybe that's just me.
Here's a novel idea. Take a used camera lens, reshape it, polish it and voila, a beautiful piece of wearable geeky jewelry.
Camera expert Craig Arnold has created a line of bracelets entitled "Re:vision," which come in eight different models with different names pertaining to each.
This white one, entitled the focus cuff, is one of my faves, but they are all so unique it's hard to pick just one! Prices range from $175 - $250 for the bracelets, so I don't think I'll be getting one anytime soon. But still, such a neat concept for a bracelet!