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
Step 2: Camera Setup
Set your camera into manual mode:
On most cameras its just a simple matter of turning the wheel on top to the icon of a camera with a M beside it. You can use automatic mode (no M beside the camera) but it might be difficult to get a good shot.
Set your focus to macro mode:
Once in manual mode, look through the menu and find out how to change your focus from automatic, to macro mode.
On both mine and my wifes (much nicer and newer GE) camera, they just had to be set in manual mode then push the menu button. Once in the menu I just selected focus and set it to macro
Finally Zoom all the way out:
You will not be able to use the camera's built in optical zoom much if any at first, so zoom it all the way out
Step 3: Shot Setup
Get close, watching the lcd until you get a good clear image of the item you want
Steady your hands, here I have my elbows propped up on my legs, then my hands are propped on the edge of the table.
Adjust the magnifying lens and your hands one final time, watching the lcd for the clearest image of the subject
Hold down the shutter button half way, let the camera adjust its focus, my camera flashes a green box on the screen when its got it (and a annoying chirpy noise). If all looks good on the lcd continue pushing down the shutter button to take the picture
Step 4: Check Results
You can tell pretty quickly if you need to take another or not. If your image looks good on the first go, most cameras let you zoom in while your viewing the image, do so and make sure you got what you want.
If everything is okay, move on to the next shot and enjoy!
Questions or comments please let me know!
Step 5: More Result Images
The last one was one of the few pictures I saved when I first started to play with this. It is an image of a single strand from a floppy drive ribbon cable, with a solid core wire