The cameras on mobile phones continue to get more and more accomplished, with AI and computational photography coming to the fore. My Huawei Mate 10 Pro has both those features but I also have a nice low tech device that helps me make images. It’s a clip-on macro lens made by Bauhn. I got it as a Special Buy from Aldi for just £4.99. I think it’s available on eBay for £6.99. It comes with an LED ring light which adds flexibility.
As you can see it’s a sort of clothes peg arrangement that simply fits over the phone camera lens. My phone does twine on at me about covering one of the lenses (it has two), but I just ignore it. The light has three levels of brightness, and the lens quality is actually pretty good considering the price.
The phone camera lens has a fixed aperture of f1.8 which means that there is no control over the depth of field; you just have to work with it. This toothbrush was lit by daylight and the ring light added some shadow fill.
Morning sunlight shining through condensation on the window made for an interesting abstract image. The out of focus shrubs in the garden in the background gave some colour contrast.
For this last image I almost went outside! There’s a hopper on the wall by the front door that has usually got a flowering fuchsia in it. At this time of the year it’s just sitting there doing nothing, but there was some moss in the hopper. I stood on the door threshold so I was technically still in the house. I selected just one capsule to be sharp, with the rest of the moss giving a soft diffuse green background. It’s a good contrast to the rusty metal hopper.
Have clip-on macro lens will travel, though you don’t even have to travel!