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.
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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.

Here are some cool sample photos! Enjoy!
supereric2 years ago
Whoa. This sounds awesome.
ASCAS (author)  supereric2 years ago
DustyH2 months ago

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?

betula1 year ago
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)  betula1 year ago
Thanks! BTW, come back this October, I'm actually conceptualizing an iPhone mount for my telescope :)) Cheers!
soulgraber1 year ago
Awsum love it :)
D006DR2 years ago
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
agm882 years ago
Or u can put the lens on a case for the phone
ASCAS (author)  agm882 years ago
Yup! Great idea!
Krb6862 years ago
This looks incredible! Now I can take macro photos without needing to do any reading or researching. Thanks!
leandro_gs2 years ago
What happens if i change the angle of the lens?
ASCAS (author)  leandro_gs2 years ago
I'm not sure, but it will probably change the autofocus abilities of your phone, the "zooming" would probably increase/ vice-versa
empings2 years ago
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)  empings2 years ago
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)
empings2 years ago
hahaha i had a smartphone like yours, in my country call lotus II .
so i don.t need the measurments
ASCAS (author)  empings2 years ago
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 :)))
a droplet of water works fine
ASCAS (author)  LaffyDuck1872 years ago
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.
Can i buy it, if so how much.
ASCAS (author)  bubbyeichler2 years ago
It's on the link in step 1. They sell 5 pieces for $2.40 :)))
rimar20002 years ago
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)  rimar20002 years ago
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)
LeonT2 years ago
This is awesome
This awesome soon as i have a job it's a must build.
nemo132 years ago
thanks, I'm going to test it
Bongmaster2 years ago
you mean Macro don't you?
ASCAS (author)  Bongmaster2 years ago
How could I miss that, lolz :D ! Thank you very much for reminding me, i've now change the typographical title :)))