My Pixel Addiction: Cell Phone Camera Lens
HI. My name is Carrie and I’m addicted to taking photos. Its been 2 hours since my last click.
I fell in love with the idea of photography right before digital cameras became a thing. It’s hard to believe that just around 15 short years ago, digital cameras and smartphones were unheard of. I remember the first camera that my husband and I purchased. It was an SLR with only ONE lens. I had zero clues what I was doing, and “auto” was my BFF. It was at a time when I would buy film solely because it was on sale. I had no idea what type of film to buy or what ISO meant. I would take the picture, drop the film off at the drugstore to be developed, and hope for the best.
When our first child was born, I still had my trusty Canon. I would happily take photos, get them printed, then cut them into all sorts of cute shapes for my scrapbook. (oh the horror!) I’m not sure that getting a better photo of our son was even on my radar. I always hired a professional photographer to get family portraits or even the obligatory newborn, 3, 6, 9 and 12-month portraits of him. We had great photos, even if *I* wasn’t the one that took them.
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Times were changin’!
Around the time that our son turned 4, digital cameras were an actual thing…..and I was eager to get my own! I remember her well… a Canon A80 with a draw dropping 3.2 megapixels! I remember thinking how the sand in a photo looked like you could wipe it off the page. It was so incredibly crisp and sharp and DETAILED. I was so excited to be able to capture those everyday moments and not wait several days to see those photos!
Fast forward about 10 years.
We now have smartphones. Or more specifically handheld computers. (Oh if my Daddy were alive to hear about this!) I have found that I use the camera on my smartphone to capture our lives, one photo at a time. The cameras on our phones have come such a long way, and are more than capable of capturing every detail of our daily lives.
Cell Phone Camera Lens
A smartphone camera isn’t a DSLR, I know this. More importantly, I know that not everyone can a) afford a DSLR or b) have enough time to devote to learning how to use it to its fullest capacity. You may think, but my cell phone doesn’t have an interchangeable lens. Well, technically you would be correct, however, I would have to disagree. I have a few cell phone camera lens that I absolutely ADORE! One of my favorites is a clip on wide angle/macro lens. I can have “one” lens to get those fantastically fun macros of bugs, and the wide angle to get those photos that need no explanation.
I know I’m not the only person in the world that really takes great pleasure in taking photos of bugs. I haven’t always been this way, something about having boys changed me. 😉 Instead of grabbing my DSLR and all the equipment required to take macro images of bugs, I can grab my smartphone (currently a Samsung Galaxy S7) and my little “camera bag” and walk into the backyard OR any place we happen to be, and get a few quality macro images of bugs.
Wasps, hornets, aphids, you name it. I jokingly say that it’s therapy for me. I call it “Pixel Therapy”.
Yes, I have the whole macro set up for my DSLR, and when I can, I try to get a little pixel therapy with my big camera. However, life with a toddler in tow doesn’t always lend itself to being able to use my DSLR without fear of dropping my camera and doing real damage. Gathering the things my toddler needs, AND all of the things I’ll likely need for my DSLR, just to head out to the park? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
So my smartphone and my little camera bag containing my cell phone camera lens can be tossed into my purse and we can head out for a day filled with adventure in less time than it takes to send a “We’re on the way” text! That’s a TOTAL mom win!
The macro lens isn’t the only lens for your phone, and it shouldn’t be the only one you use. My favorite “fun” lens is a super fisheye cell phone camera lens. Y’all… this is a FUN lens!!! I love the way you can distort the world around you with this lens. The most fun comes from getting photos that include the horizon, I think it gives a “fishbowl” feel to the photo. Of course getting up close and personal with your pet can make for some really cute super fisheye images too.
My point is, you do NOT need to own a fancy DSLR camera, in order to take AMAZING photos. With a little knowledge of basic photography and getting to know the camera on your smartphone, you can take breathtaking, frame-worthy photos too!
In my next “My Pixel Addiction” post, I’ll share some of my favorite smartphone photo editing apps. I absolutely feel that editing a photo, no matter if you’re a professional photographer, or a mom getting photos of her little one in their everyday lives, is necessary.
Apps make it easy and fun! You can edit a photo, right on your smartphone, share to social media, AND send it off to be printed. You can’t get much easier than that, y’all!