Unusual, DIY ways to modify your smartphone's camera

Unusual, DIY ways to modify your smartphone's camera

Summary: Here are tips, tricks, mods and gadgets to make your smartphone's camera more interesting.

TOPICS: Mobile OS, Mobility

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  • Tilt and shift

    You can do more than create makeshift macro and pinhole lenses with your smartphone. How about a tilt and shift effect?

    By using a cheap CCTV lens, such as a Goyo 4.5mm, you can manufacture a DIY Tilt-Shift; take it apart, then combine the front element with one of the back elements using plastic screws. Once complete, using rubber bands and a smartphone case, you can put the makeshift lens in place. 

    Via: Maciej Pietuszynski 


  • How to create an iPhone ring light

    Ring lights are used by photographers to give shadows less glow and soften images. While often expensive, you can make your iPhone a ring light for less than $20. 

    You will need a rubber case for your phone, velcro, scissors and an LED camping light. After cutting the velcro to the width of your phone case and sticking the tap to the ring -- ideally with the lights 'on' button centered at the opposite side of the velcro -- all you need to do is line up line up the ring and the lens of your camera and velcro one to the other.

    Via: DIY photography

  • Make your smartphone a thermal camera?

    There are a few thermal-imaging apps for mobile devices on the market, but they are generally not very flexible and limited in effects. Instead, you can pre-order the $325 Kickstarter-backed Mu Thermal Imager, which is due for release in a few months.

    The product turns your smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer into a thermal camera with a resolution of up to 19200 pixels simply by clipping it on. 

    Via: Mu Optrics

Topics: Mobile OS, Mobility

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  • Another stolen click..

    Just so you know, buying a camera case is NOT considered DIY. A different title would (less misleading) would have been nice.
    Yopel Finkestein