How to shoot Macro with an iphone and the Olloclip Lens

We find out more about the man behind the Macro Lens plus 7 top tips for shooting close-up.

 

Since the arrival of the iPhone Macro lenses; Photojojo’s and more recently the popular Olloclip, there has been a plethora of iPhone close up shots. Stunning examples have sprung from familiar iPhoneography names notably; Aaron Davis and Lindsey Thompson.To add to the talent, Australia based iPhoneographer, Dan Kerr never goes far without his Olloclip Macro lens. His stunning macro shots of amazing bugs caught my eye a few weeks ago in the iPhoneography Central Flickr group and have featured on Apps Uncovered. Now Dan shares his secrets with us with and his 7 top macro tips for catching the miniature world close-up with an iPhone. Below are just a handful of Dan’s close-ups but please click on any of the images to see his full portfolio on Flickr, many of them detailed with the App editing workflows.

 

“The iPhone has been a watershed for me as a photographer. Cost played such a factor over the years that I only ever got to put my toe in, then came digital…

…However, now as a busy parent I have little free time. So I have to find ways to marry photography with my life. I do this by the wonder of a powerful pocket camera – the iPhone of course – that goes with me everywhere – and also sharing my pocket is another little wonder -the Olloclip.

Handsome

Handsome
iPhone with Olloclip and QuickPix, put through Instagram Hefe.
Bees are back in the garden to eat from the Marjoram herbs.

Yesterday while at the playground I noted an abundance of life along the fence line; a bull ant on a lone trek, a Slater curled up, a huntsman pretending I don’t notice her and many more still unidentified. On my walks to and from the station I find ample subject matter and of course there is the universe I have discovered in my own back yard.

Best seats

Best seats
Cropped image of fly in Fitzroy Gardens. Olloclip macro with Iris.

Beetle a glow

 

Beetle a glow

iPhone with Olloclip and QuickPix. Enhanced with Iris. Taken at Melbourne Botanic Gardens.

Metallic Jewel Bug -Scutiphora pedicellata
Family Scutelleridae
They are easily distinguished from beetles by having sucking mouthparts and the shield on the back is continuous, not the divided wings cover with separation at the middle.

Leaf Our Troubles Behind

Leaf Our Troubles Behind

Taken with iPhone and Olloclip in backyard.

A world once hidden to me has now become shockingly detailed and diverse, as Darwin once put it “wondrous variety” , and once you connect with this world, it’s compelling to get to know it. I recommend field guides on flowers and insects both in book form and online. I contacted a local Entomologist when I am particularly flummoxed and she is happy to assist.”

Camera Roll-24

Camera Roll-24

Pensive

Pensive

iPhone with Olloclip and QuickPix. Edited in Instagram.

March fly.

7 Tops tips for shooting Macro

1. When shooting macro I recommend you use an app like QuickPix that takes lots of shots.
2.Watch your light, use it to advantage, move forward and back from the subject and don’t be afraid to take the shot blind.
3. Be mindful that your field of focus is damn small and so choose which part of its body you want clear.
4. Look under leaves and under logs, move the subject into better light if possible – and approach slowly.
  5. When editing don’t be afraid to take multiple approaches.
6. Keep one clean and crisp image and then do what you do best, bring in the grain, find its personality just like you would a human subject.
  7.Apps I use most are Leme Cam, PhotoToaster, Iris, Lomora, Dynamic Light. Good hunting, watch your fingers!

You can see more of Dan’s work here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thedaddiaries/sets/72157628889819313/

More about iPhone Lenses…

Macro iPhoneography tutorials 

Wide-eye, Fish-eye, Telephoto and Macro Lens Review  

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