(water drop macro lens via @world_of_engineering on Instagram)
Instant Water Drop Macro Lens
A GIF recently posted to Reddit’s /r/interestingasfuck by user mtlgrems shows someone carefully apply a drop of water on top of a front-facing iPhone camera with an oral syringe. The result is an immediate blur, due the fact the lens is then extra (and cleanly) magnified. The close-up view of a colored pencil’s tip shows just how effective this method is.
This method is far from unique though, and photographers have long known about water drop macro photography.
More about general Macro Photography (Wikipedia):
Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size (though macrophotography technically refers to the art of making very large photographs). By the original definition, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater. However, in some uses it refers to a finished photograph of a subject at greater than life size.(source)
The smaller the drop is, the closer you can focus on your object. When you put the drop on the camera, be sure to put it right in the middle. Especially when you are making small drops. The bigger the drop gets, the more it flattens out. When the drop flattens out, we lose the effect of a lens, as the drop has to be in a “dome” shape. Try and see on the first picture, how the size affects the pictures.Tips from Instructables (source)
Read more: Water drop macro lens tutorial on PetaPixel
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