When taking photos, getting very close to your subject can be fun and engaging. That is why macro photography is, as well. By definition, Macro Photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects like insects and what-not, in which the size of the subject is greater than its actual size. Compared to other genres, macro photography requires a great deal of concentration and patience since you need to capture stills of your subject at a very close distance. But believe me, the results are well worth it.
It has been a while since I ventured into mobile photography and I’ve had one heck of a ride, so to speak. Since I am very much into landscapes and portraits, I find it rather convenient to use my smartphone. I have explored a bit of macro photography using my good ol’ DSLR but never tried it with smartphones, until now.
While mobile photography’s popularity has spread like wildfire here in the Philippines, it is quite a shock that the availability of a reliable macro phone lens is still considerably low, even close to none. A couple of friends have suggested that I bought one from a Manila-based online shop but the price was totally out of question. It’s worth having, I know, but beyond my very limited budget.
Just recently, Roy, a good friend of mine, got me the Amir Phone Lens via Amazon from his short visit in the U.S. What I like about the Amir smartphone lens kit is the quality of its glass and the build of the lens itself. It has multi-coated optical glass that helps minimize lens glare, reflection and ghosting. Compared to low quality clip lenses, the Amir Phone Lens is capable of producing good quality images. What I also love about it is its aluminum construction. Though a bit heavy, you really can see and feel the durability of the product.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s inside the box:
- 0.6X HD Wide-Angle Lens
- 15X Macro Lens (attached to the Wide-Angle Lens)
- Universal 37-mm Thread Clip
- Lens Cover
- Retail Box
- The 0.45X Wide-Angle Lens allows you to capture a wider range.
- 15X Macro Lens allows you to take sharp pictures as close as 1.5in from the subject.
- High-quality rimmed glass reduces light reflection around the lens edge.
- The professional HD lens helps reduce glass flare and ghosting caused by reflections.
I didn’t have to go far for my so-called models. Good thing there’s a garden in our neighborhood booming of camera-shy critters. Here are some of my macro shots taken with my Huawei P10 using the Amir Phone Lens:
Quick Tips for Mobile Macro Photography
In order to achieve sharp and stunning images, here are a few things you will need aside from a macro clip lens:
- Tripod – It’s hard, in fact, super hard to hold your breath for a couple of seconds just to stabilize yourself, so a tripod is a huge help.
- Bluetooth Remote Trigger – You have your tripod, but you find it very difficult or inconvenient to hit the shutter button? Then, a bluetooth remote trigger will do the job for you.
- Earphones – Since a remote trigger is an additional expense, your readily-available earphones can be a good substitute.
On to you! Do you find it interesting taking photos of tiny things? Any tips or tricks to share? Feel free to comment below.