Photography fun with the olloclip.

Purple coneflower: Photography fun with the olloclip.

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.

Pretty Cool.

Fun with the olloclip lens.

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 Fisheye

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.

Photography fun with the olloclip.

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.

The Wide-Angle

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.

Photography fun with the olloclip.

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 Macro

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.

Photography fun with the olloclip.

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.

Coneflower : Photography fun with the olloclip lens. Purple coneflower: Photography fun with the olloclip macro lens.

I followed this little green fella around for about 5 minutes.

Photography fun with the olloclip. Photography fun with the olloclip.

And a few more of his buggy friends.

A bug's life: Photography fun with the olloclip. Photography fun with the olloclip. Japanese Beetle : Photography fun with the olloclip.

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!

(This is NOT a sponsored post. I drove to the store, and purchased an olloclip with my own money. I just like to share fun new things with my friends!)

Comments

  1. 3

    Toni | Boulder Locavore says

    This is crazy-good Amy! I looked at something similar around the holidays but wondered if it really worked. Would love to pick one up now!

  2. 4

    says

    Hi there again little guy. What a fun post Amy. Thanks for sharing…. thinking this may be the gateway lens. huh?
    AmyRuth

  3. 6

    says

    Yanni got me one for my birthday! I’ve only fiddled with it a few times I’m sad to say! You’ve encouraged me to get it out today and PLAY!!!

  4. 8

    says

    Funny, I was thinking….”hey, that bug is waving to Amy” then read your comment below. ;)

    These are so cool! Even though I don’t have your eye for photography, I’d love to play with these! So fun!

  5. 10

    says

    I’m still in the dark ages with a flip phone and no texting plan. You make me want to get an iPhone just for the photo capabilities! Maybe one day…

  6. 14

    says

    Wow that’s pretty cool, amazing what the little clip on lens can do now I’m thinking that would be fun to get.

  7. 17

    says

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog
    like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet savvy so I’m not 100% positive.

    Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  8. 18

    Sonya says

    Your macro photo of the purple cone flower is stunning! Thanks for reminding me about the olloclip – now I’m inspired to try it again, this time on my new iPhone 5S.

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