Use a Drop of Water as a Macro Lens for Phone Photographs

Here’s a super cool trick: instead of buying a special macro lens for your smart phone, simply use a drop of water! Carefully place a drop of water over your lens, carefully invert the phone, and voila — instant macro shots with the cheapest lens you’ll ever own. Alex Wild over at Scientific American has more details on the technique and some great sample shots taken with it.

Transform Your iPhone Into a Microscope: Just Add Water (via Gizmodo)

  • icie

    Could also be an idea to add glycerol to the water which would yield a more stable /larger drop to make things easier.

  • Umm

    Uhh… The exif data on that photo says a 100mm macro lens. 

  • Just Visiting

    A drop of water changes EXIF data as well. Cool.

  • Alex Wild

    Yeah. Odd. That must be a carryover from the image at left, which *was* taken with the 100mm. If the flower pic at right was from the macro lens I’d want my money back!

  • Michael Zhang

    Yeah, the EXIF is from the image on the left that shows the water drop lens

  • Nathan Caulford

    I was just about to post that! Great idea :)

  • Nathan Caulford

    Reminds me of the cheapo 3x filters.

  • Dennis Marciniak

    I love when there’s a simple explanation.

  • Abdullah Eyles

    Not sure about dropping water onto your iPhone (etc.) camera’s lens, isn’t there a risk of it seeping in and playing havoc with the electronics? rather you than me…