Adding More Fun to Everyday Photography – Olloclip Lens

Ever since I knew that lenses for your camera phone existed, I have always wanted to get one. I had been eyeing one for a while. It had been a long while, so much so that I forgot about them, until my birthday last year.


My hubby went galavanting all over the mall, with 5 kids in tow, mind you, looking for this little device to get me for my birthday. When I opened my gift and saw what it was, I was very surprised. Good job honey. Caught me totally off guard with that gift. I was so exicted to use it.


Now, the only bummer, is that you have to take your case off your phone in order to use it. This particular lense, Olloclip, is for the iPhone.


Here’s how it works. On the left you have 2 lenses. When you put the lens over the phone lens and take off the cover, it is already to go for WIDE-ANGLE. To use the MACRO feature, there is an arrow on the rim of the lens that show you which direction to turn the lens to use it. Careful though, if you turn it and the lens comes off, you know you’ve turned it too much. Just a good quarter turn should do it. For the FISH-EYE, just turn the lens over, take off the cover and it’s ready to go.


Putting it over the camera lens on the phone is pretty easy. Just slide it on.


See how easy.


I am holding the phone backwards, but this is how it looks, ready to go.

Below, I shared some examples of using the different lenses.



Used this while at the park. Maybe next time I’ll take a picture without the lens so you can see the difference.


 My kids love playing with the FISH-EYE. It’s a favorite and gets used a lot.


I love MACRO shots. They are fun for when you want to tell a story with your picture. So if you love photography, or just plain love using your iPhone camera, or you’re an Instagram  addict enthusiast like I am, kick it up a notch with this fun toy. Send your hubby, son, daughter, dog, or whomever else you can think of, a link to this post if they aren’t sure what to get you this Mother’s Day.


Your Versatile Camera Phone

I had bought a Rachel Ray magazine the other day. It’s an addiction. It really is, buying those glossy magazines by the cash register. If they have food on the cover and promise you ideas of cooking 20 dinners in 20 minutes, I’m usually sold. If they tell you that they’ll help you decorate your teeny house with a budget of $5, I’m sold. If they just have bright colors on the cover, I’m sold. What can I say? I’m a sucker.

Anyhoo. In this magazine I was reading, it had listed creative things you could use your camera phone for, you know, besides snapping pictures of memorable moments because you forgot to bring the “real” camera. I looked at that list and decided it wasn’t comprehensive enough. A couple of more things needed to be added to that list.

Whenever I’ve been in a store, or at someone’s home, and seen a piece of decor that I really like, I usually want to copy it. By the time I’m ready to make it, the memory of the item is usually fuzzy. Snap a picture with your camera phone so your fuzzy memory can be a clearer picture. You’ll be able to see exactly it is that you admired. It’s kind of like a manual “Pinterest” button.

Take a picture of an item that you’re sending your husband to the store for. It’s bad enough my husband has to stare at a million jars of baby food that look the same, but then to try and pick out the one I want. I figured a visual would help.

When you have five kids like me, it seems like you drown in waves of flyers, notices and reminders the kids bring home from school every other day. After you drown in it, you end up losing it. Get a shot of the most important part of that flyer, then it won’t matter if you lose that piece of paper.

With the busy, hectic life that I have, I need all the “out-of-the-box” ideas I can get. Stayed tuned for more ideas in part II of this post.