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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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See how easy.

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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.

 

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

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

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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.

 

February Photo-A-Day Challenge

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I’ve done this before and failed. This month I thought I did pretty well. Fat Mum Slim who is the author of these challenges has started something fairly new: The Fab Four. She made the challenge a little more fun for me by doing this. She goes through and picks four of her favorite pictures on Instagram for each day’s photo and puts a shout out to those people letting them know they were picked as one of the FAB FOUR. There is no prize. It’s just a fun challenge. What was awesome was one of my good friends @shannondongsaeng was picked for one of the FAB FOUR for DAY 13: Walking.

March has started, but it’s never too late to start.

February Photo Challenge – Done! Bring on March.

It was definitely that! There were days that I totally forgot to even take out my camera. I had to try and catch up in one day. It was fun though, going on twitter seeing what everyone else took pictures of.  I have to say that it did give me Instagram envy. Here’s how sad I am. My 12 y.o. has an iPod Touch with a camera on it. So with his iPod I was able to do a few Instagram shots. Despite the absence of Instagram, I’ve fallen in love with my camera phone. I did find an app that allowed me to edit my photos. My husband was amazed that while I was standing in line to purchase groceries, I was editing photos.

Not all the photos were camera phone. There were some days I took out the big mama Canon and snapped up some lovely pics. Can I just say this new hobby is leading to a new wish lists of filters, lenses, and camera upgrades. Hmmmmmm. Does Santa still answer letters of 30 something year old moms?

I’ve recently discovered something that maybe some of you already know about, for some, this maybe news. I want to give it a whirl first before I blog about it. You know, I gotta test things out to see if it’s as fun as it looks.

So with March here, will I continue on this photo-a-day challenge? Will I add more to my already overflowing plate of life? Because goodness knows I don’t already have enough to do.

The answer?

YES! Why?

Because I’m crazy. I have to just give myself enough things to start making other things spill of my plate. It makes me appreciate the time when I didn’t have a lot to do. You can bet that if I ever return to that state of life, I will savor every moment. Until then, I’ll just keep taking pictures.

Day 29: Something You’re Listening To

My running list. It really is that. It’s constantly changing. It’s how I roll with music. Gotta keep myself motivated when I run.

Day 28: Money

It’s the only kind you can find around here. And there’s not much of it.

Day 27: Something You Ate

I almost ate the whole box. When you’re watching the weight, these brownies are a life saver.