If you are anything like me, you rely on your iPhone to document a lot of important things in your life. Being a home improvement and DIY blogger, I find that my iPhone handles the brunt of the imagery. It’s just not that convenient to pull out all my gear while I am elbow deep in sawdust and paint. Therefore, snapping shots with my iPhone has really come in handy. Except, that is, when I need a wide-angle. No mater how far you zoom out, sometimes you just can’t capture everything. So, when I discovered how to take wide angled photos with an iPhone, I knew this was something that I wanted to share!
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How To Take Wide Angled Photos With an iPhone…
As I was saying, I use my iPhone to take most of my “during” photos. Of course, I always do my final shots with my Canon Rebel T5.* But, I don’t like subjecting my equipment to the dust and the elements that come with DIYing. But, sometimes I need to get into spaces where I just can’t capture everything that I would like to capture in a shot. Small rooms, like bathrooms, laundry rooms, or closets can cause issues with being able to squeeze the whole room into view. So, I went on a search to see what I could find to help with my problem.
That is where this amazing little lens* comes in handy. Yes, there is actually a lens available to turn your iPhone lens into a wide angled lens! I was thrilled and excited to try it out. After a lot of research, I opted for this kit.* It not only comes with a wide-angle lens, but also comes with the addition of a macro lens. (I haven’t used the macro lens yet, but it will come in handy if/when I need to get a detailed shot of something small. Like maybe recipes or flowers.) In addition, this kit includes a clip on light, lens covers, and a nice case to hold everything.
The lenses are actually space-saving as well. When separated you have the macro lens, which takes photos at 15x. Both sections have their own lens cover, and store nicely in the case.
When the two components are attached, it creates the wide-angle effect. I keep mine set up this way. If I ever decide that I need the macro lens, I will just remove the front lens and snap the shots. Then, put the wide-angle lens back in place and get back to business. I love the way this device was designed!
So, how does it work? Well, it couldn’t be more simple. I just clip the lens over the iPhone lens (shown with both the macro and the wide angle). Make sure that it is lined up so as not to cover any of the original lens. Then, I can snap away. When I am finished with the new lens, I just unclip it and store it back in its case. And the great thing about it, it is so small that I can tuck the whole kit in my purse. Or loop it on my wrist and carry it with me. Super convenient.
When I am on site and need to swap between my iPhone’s built-in lens and this wide angled lens,* it is super easy. The kit comes with a nifty neck strap that allows you to carry the lens around. You just loop one part of the lanyard around the lens (or use it for the LED light), and snap it to the other end of the lanyard on the neck strap. Then, you can quickly remove and use the lens without worrying about where you are going to put it when you are done.
How To Take Wide Angled Photos With an iPhone – Examples…
Just so you can get an idea of what this lens can do for you, I wanted to show you a few image comparisons. These are a few portrait shots that I snapped with my iPhone. (FYI – no alterations have been made to these photos.) They are taken from the exact same position with the zoom all the way out. As you can see, the shot without the wide-angle lens (left) appears to be zoomed in. However, it is not. The wide-angle lens just captures much more area. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to get this entire wall of cabinets in the frame.
It works even better in landscape mode. If I wanted, I could actually get the whole kitchen in the frame. Being able to do that has really helped me out when I am working with just my iPhone. And as you can see, there is no vignette in the shots (a common problem with a lot of similar lenses).
It’s not just for great real estate or recipes or what have you. It works wonderfully for those group selfies, too! When bloggers attend conferences, we often want to take selfies of all the great friends that we have met and made. However getting all the people to fit into a group shot like this can be quite difficult. I am sure that you have struggled with this same problem.
With this wide-angle lens,* you can squeeze quite a few people into a shot without needing to be Stretch Armstrong. Also, if you are working in a dimly lit area, this is where that LED light is the most useful. Clip it to the opposing end of the phone and it will add a little extra light. And unlike most LED lights, this one is rechargeable. Oh, did I mention that it comes with the charging cord.
Whew! That’s quite a lot for such a small package. I can’t say enough how much I have used this little gem. It really has come in handy, and the price point is quite reasonable. If you have been struggling with capturing everything with your apple device, you really ought to give this a try. I am sure that you will be as pleased as I have been.
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