5 Mobile/Tablet Macro Photography Tips

Updated on November 1, 2018
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Hello folks. I am blogger, author( romantic comedy writer to be specific), freelance photographer and music lover.

You really love macro photography but the thing is, you can't afford to buy camera and lenses at the moment. There were times that you wished you had macro lens to capture that very attractive details about a certain tiny creatures, but you only have mobile phone. Good news! Brilliant-minded people today invented phone with macro feature on it, and lenses designed for mobile phones that let you do some features that digital cameras can do. But the question is: Is it really possible to capture detailed macro using mobile phone? The answer is a big YES! You will be surprised to know that your mobile phone can do a detailed macro photography. But of course, the outcome depends on what kind of phone you're using and how good you are in photography. Here are some tips for you to push your mobile phone to the limit.

#1. Mobile Phone Lenses

If your budget is tight, don't worry this is very cheap. I bought my mobile phone lenses for only P920.00(Philippine Peso), a little expensive because it's a package deal. But there is something cheaper than that, I saw it online for about P250.00 (macro and wide angle only). Although advanced phone has macro feature on it, but it's really different if you're going to use macro lens because the lowest aperture is ranging to F/1.9, almost equivalent to professional macro lenses. If you can buy a mobile tripod that would be an advantage

Universal Mobile Lens Kit:  1. Clamp 2. Telephoto Lens 3. Fish Eye Lens 4. MACRO 5. Wide Angle
Universal Mobile Lens Kit: 1. Clamp 2. Telephoto Lens 3. Fish Eye Lens 4. MACRO 5. Wide Angle

#2. Subjects

The smallest the subject, the better. So you can start finding insects in your backyard or in your garden. Flower is also a great subject because it has a lot of patterns, details and vibrant colors. Don't miss the opportunity to capture dewdrop, droplets, mist in the morning or after raining because you will be amazed to see that those droplets, dewdrops or mist will look like dazzling diamonds.

Macro in black and white. This very tiny flower was a about the size of an m&m button-shape chocolate.
Macro in black and white. This very tiny flower was a about the size of an m&m button-shape chocolate.
It was night when this dragonfly went in our house   and stayed for a couple of minutes under the florescent lamp.
It was night when this dragonfly went in our house and stayed for a couple of minutes under the florescent lamp.
Dewdrop
Dewdrop
Droplets
Droplets

#3. Compositions and Techniques

Well, you can experiment any compositions you as like, but you can also use the rules of thirds if you don't know much about photography composition. Think before you click. Virtualize what art you can capture along with the subject. For example: texture, patterns, repition, vibrant colors, details and etc. Shot in different angles or even make it even more dramatic by making it silhouette. If it's possible you can also use improvised backdrop just to add twist in your subject. Don't forget the complementary colours for a better outcome.

Example of Rules of Thirds
Example of Rules of Thirds
This is the only shot with Samsung J7. The rest are shot with Huawei.  Using lens it also creates bokeh  effect. Shot in parallel angle.
This is the only shot with Samsung J7. The rest are shot with Huawei. Using lens it also creates bokeh effect. Shot in parallel angle.
Macro in low key to make it dramatic. Shot in a high angle to emphasize the light that illuminate from the flashlight I used.
Macro in low key to make it dramatic. Shot in a high angle to emphasize the light that illuminate from the flashlight I used.
This bud was about the size of small button, shot in a lower angle.
This bud was about the size of small button, shot in a lower angle.

#4. Weather Conditions Awareness

Weather can be a great challenge in macro because a little wind movement can make your subject out of focus, even using tripod is useless. What you can do? Read or watch weather forecast. If that's possible then use your sense of touch you, yourself can determine if it's a little windy in your area. If it's windy but you can't afford to lose the opportunity to capture your prospect subject then be creative and use your ability. Get something that can hinder the wind to blow directly to subject. If it's possible, position your body against the wind direction, this can also help your subject to steady. Or you can use whatever resources around you like umbrella, carton, or plywood. If you want to achieve something, then find ways to get and just be resourceful. Afterwards, you'll not only be satisfied wit outcome but you'll be proud of what you've done.

When shooting under direct sunlight, you can also use umbrella, disposable transparent cup or plastic as your diffuser. Cut the bottom part of the cup just enough to let your mobile lens to get in. This will help your subject not to be overexposed or having so much highlight that can ruin the quality of the photo. If your subject is insect this will you to trap your subject.

#5. Process Your Photos

If you want your photo to be like the product of professional cameras, then process it according to your taste. There is nothing wrong with processing a photo. Don't be discouraged when people tell you that processing photo is not really your masterpiece. Because when you really love your work, you will also find ways to make it more presentable, high standard and something you'll be proud of. After all, it's your preferences on what you're trying to tell using your photograph that matters, not theirs. It's your own way of seeing things and it represents you.
Also, mobile phone has a smaller sensor compare to digital cameras and pro cameras. The smaller the sensor, the more it will cause noise to your photos. So you will need some mobile app to edit it. For example: Lightroom, Snapseed, Toolwiz, ColorSplash are best app for processing your image. If ever you want a 360 Degree panoramic view with good details, try Bimostitch. And if your phone is android 5 up, you can also use Camera FV-5 because it has a lot of features like a DSLR camera do.

Some of the applications I frequently use except the Yahoo mail, Spotify and EasyBand
Some of the applications I frequently use except the Yahoo mail, Spotify and EasyBand

Go and unleash the hidden talent in you! As I have said, you can always experiment your own style and composition. Your creativity and niqueness will showcase your trademark as mobile photographer. But always remember that the quality of your photos depend on the capability of your mobile or tablet camera. All my photos here were taken from Huawei T-1( only has 5mp), except with the colorful paper photo because it was shot using Samsung J7. If your camera has a higher megapixel then the result will be awesome. Happy shooting folks!

PS: If you think this is useful and you want others to learn too then please don't forget to share my blog to your friends and in social media. Thanks and have a nice day!

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