This project is crazy cool, I love it, and I hope you do too.
Ever wanted to shoot those super close-up macro photos?
Well, it's so easy with your phone camera and a cheapo laser pointer (my laser pointer cost $1).
*** Note: This is not my original idea. I found this tutorial on imgur.com. View it here for full instructions ***
You're basically going to remove the lens from the laser pointer and place it over the lens of your camera.
It's very MacGyver-esque. But the results are so cool!
My MacGyver-ed phone. Yes, it's held together with a bobby pin and painter's tape.
And here are a few photos that I took with it (first photo without the macro lens and second photo with it attached) I did absolutely zero editing on these :
And a couple of mystery photos for you:
A couple of notes about this project and using the lens:
1. Taking the laser pointer apart is the hardest part of this project. I used plyers, wire cutters, and a needle, and basically just demolished the entire thing. I went through 2 laser pointers before I got the lens out without damaging it. Luckily the pointers were only $1 a piece.
2. When taking pics with the lens, good light helps
3. You also have to hold the camera/phone pretty still to keep it from blurring. It can be tricky, but it's not impossible. Try to find a way to prop the camera/phone on something to reduce movement. I used my leg for a few of these pics.
4. Get really, and I do mean really, close to the item you're photographing. Like, almost touching close.
5. This lens will allow you to take really extreme close-ups but there's not a lot of control. You can't zoom in or out like you can with a normal camera lens. And there's no backing away to get a little less close-up - you'll lose focus.
Hope you have fun with this!