Introduction: Phone Macro Photography (HQ - Using LED Lens)

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Here's a quick and easy tutorial on taking macro photography pictures using your smartphone. The lenses work best with cameras having at least 5MP, with autofocus of course.

So whats so special about this mobile macro photography guide?
- I found an ingenious solution. The lense that I'm using is cheap and pretty common. They are the 3W LED (High Power) lenses, they're supposed to be used for lighting, but one day 
 I came with an idea of using these lenses for macro photography.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

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Step 2: Measuring the Camera's Indention

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We have to measure the camera's embossed position, if not done the lenses would bulge out. After measuring the diameter where the flat surface starts, we now then transfer the measurements to the lens's plastic holder for further cutting.

Step 3:

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Use your ruler of circles to transfer the measurements for cutting. Use a rotary tool if necessary. Its best to trim the excess plastic using your Leatherman Multitool's sharp edge.

If any Instructable employee is reading this, I thank all of you for giving me such a great gift (Leatherman)! I was not expecting to receive one since I didn't win a contest. Then again thank you very much! :D

Step 4: Using Adhesive for Mounting the Lenses

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With my experience, the only mounting tape that didn't leave any residue was Scotch Adhesive, that's why it's my best choice of double sided (mounting) adhesive.

After cutting some adhesive it is now time to mount the lenses to your cellphone's camera.

Step 5: Your Done! Here Are Some Sample Photos.

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Here are some cool sample photos! Enjoy!


supereric (author)2013-04-28

Whoa. This sounds awesome.

ASCAS (author)supereric2013-05-01


Suleman Anil (author)2015-12-26


DustyH (author)2015-05-08

I know this is an old post, but hopefully, you will find my question and have an answer (I'm no optics expert!)

I want to try this on the lens of a digital LED projector - so that I might be able to project a larger image (20 inches) from a short distance (10 inches)

Do you think this might be possible?

betula (author)2013-09-03

What a great idea! Looking " outside the box". Thank you for posting this. I am a creative photographer, always searching for new ways to capture photos of the micro world as well as the macro world... You are an inspiration

ASCAS (author)betula2013-09-03

Thanks! BTW, come back this October, I'm actually conceptualizing an iPhone mount for my telescope :)) Cheers!

soulgraber (author)2013-09-01

Awsum love it :)

D006DR (author)2013-05-20

I've done this always with my Sony cam which has a macro position. However I cannot get the pictures so nearby than you did. Thanks for the tip

agm88 (author)2013-05-12

Or u can put the lens on a case for the phone

ASCAS (author)agm882013-05-12

Yup! Great idea!

Krb686 (author)2013-05-11

This looks incredible! Now I can take macro photos without needing to do any reading or researching. Thanks!

leandro_gs (author)2013-05-11

What happens if i change the angle of the lens?

ASCAS (author)leandro_gs2013-05-11

I'm not sure, but it will probably change the autofocus abilities of your phone, the "zooming" would probably increase/ vice-versa

empings (author)2013-05-07

is qulacom quadcore s4 play MSM8255Q ? Adreno 203 overclocked (because is run Real Racing so smooth) 1Gb Ram and its that true, i think we have same sepcs :D
are you form philippines ?few day ago i see your people ask to our lotus II facebook grup ehehheehe

ASCAS (author)empings2013-05-08

Oh, yeah, I think Qulacom quadcore s4 and MSM8255Q are the same. And yeah I also have an Adreno203 GPU and 1GB RAM :))) We have the same phone after all :D How much did you buy it for? I bought mine for $138 (php to $ conversion)

empings (author)2013-05-07

hahaha i had a smartphone like yours, in my country call lotus II .
so i don.t need the measurments

ASCAS (author)empings2013-05-07

Hahahah really :))) They said the main source was Karbonn (S1 Titanium). In our country they call it Cherry Flame 2.0 .Not sure if we have the sames specs, but running on Quadcore on a $140 cheap smartphone is pretty neat :)))

LaffyDuck187 (author)2013-05-03

a droplet of water works fine

ASCAS (author)LaffyDuck1872013-05-03

That's also true, although that's only safe for iPhone since there's no gap from the camera but for other cellphones, water could sip in and damage the camera.

bubbyeichler (author)2013-05-03

Can i buy it, if so how much.

ASCAS (author)bubbyeichler2013-05-03

It's on the link in step 1. They sell 5 pieces for $2.40 :)))

rimar2000 (author)2013-04-29

Clever idea. I have not idea how expensive / cheap are these lenses, nor where I can buy them. I don't live in USA.

ASCAS (author)rimar20002013-05-01

Thanks for the great feedback!

I bought mine in Hongkong, but we also have tons here in our country. Luckily there are several online stores who sell these lenses. Here's a link: 3W High Power LED Lenses (for lamps)

LeonT (author)2013-05-01

This is awesome

upsidedownorangejuice (author)2013-04-30

This awesome soon as i have a job it's a must build.

nemo13 (author)2013-04-29

thanks, I'm going to test it

Bongmaster (author)2013-04-28

you mean Macro don't you?

ASCAS (author)Bongmaster2013-04-28

How could I miss that, lolz :D ! Thank you very much for reminding me, i've now change the typographical title :)))

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