Hello, tis your old windbag Osgeld here spreading a easy way to do micro shots!
I started this the week before I moved, I found instructables in this apartment, and it seemed somewhat fitting to do one last one before I boxed up my gear,
Basically I am shoving my radio shack magnifying glass in front of my old freebie digital camera.
The results are quite decent when you want to get a really close up shot of something... which can be really handy for certain situations, like, oh maybe, instructables
Step 1: Gear
I have a radio shack pocket style one that has 5x, 10x and 15x lenses. I picked it up at my local shack on clearance for 5 bucks, or they sell them online for 9
Digital Camera with LCD and a manual / macro mode:
Mine is a old Toshiba PDRM500, it was given to my wife a few years ago from her dad and it was quite old then. Its 2 mega pixels, and last time I had it battery powered it sucked down 4 cheap gas station AA batteries in 6 or 7 shots.
You don't need a great camera, I use this one in all the closeup shots and it does fine (even if it is tethered to the wall)
And something to take a closeup of:
In this case, some qfp telephone chip on a pcb from a digital answering machine I still have yet to scavenge