Recently I splurged and picked up a little something I’ve had my eye on for a while: an olloclip 3-in-1 lens. Have you heard about it yet? It’s an accessory for use with the iPhone camera that packs the fun of a fisheye, wide-angle, and macro lens in one little package. The super small olloclip comes in a little pouch to easily fit in your pocket, and quickly slides on the camera corner of an iPhone 5, 4S, or 4. It works with all iPhone photography apps.
While the standard iPhone camera is quite nice in itself, the olloclip kicks up the magic of the iPhone camera to a whole other level! I’ve had fun playing around with it in the short time I’ve had it. Maybe you’ve seen a few of the photos I’ve shared on Instagram?
I thought I’d show you a little bit of what the olloclip can do. By no means have I mastered the full capabilities of the olloclip. I’m just getting started, but maybe this will give you an idea of what it’s all about.
Below are samples of photos taken using the different olloclip lenses, compared to the standard iPhone camera.
(Note: All of the following photos are straight out of the camera, with no editing other than resizing and a basic sharpening. For real.)
The photo on the left shows a photo of a purple coneflower taken with the standard iPhone camera. The photo on the right shows the same flower, from roughly the same distance, using the olloclip fisheye lens. Funky.
I’ve seen some neat-o images created with the fisheye lens. The fisheye will be fun to experiment with in all kinds of different settings.
Again, the photo on the left shows a photo of the same purple coneflower taken with the standard iPhone camera, while the photo on the right shows the same flower, from roughly the same distance, using the olloclip wide-angle lens.
You can see a slight change in the overall width. I think this lens will be best for landscapes, like sunsets or mountain vistas. I need to practice with this one to see it’s full potential.
The olloclip macro lens is by far my favorite. Let’s look at the purple coneflower again. The left hand photo is the standard iPhone camera shot. The right hand photo was taken using the macro lens at a much closer distance.
When I’ve used the macro lens, I’m almost touching the subject with the lens to make a picture. The macro lens magnifies about 10 times, so it’s like walking around with a magnifying glass. I find myself wandering around my yard for things to look at closely, especially bugs. It’s such an amazing little lens.
It can create artwork out of simple flowers.
I followed this little green fella around for about 5 minutes.
And a few more of his buggy friends.
Look he’s waving at ya!
Thanks for letting me share my fun new toy with ya! If you own an iPhone and want more information about the olloclip, check out their site, and be sure to take a gander at the photo galleries for the different lenses. There are some amazing captures to see!
Happy picture making!