One of the most frustrating things I've come across in miniature painting is photographing work. In Camospecs one of the most common faults that killed new artist submissions was photo quality. Blurry, unfocused, poorly lit, or sundry other complicating factors got in the way.
Phone cameras aren't any better. Despite the increasing quality of images and easy access to these cameras, phones remain a challenging tool to catch quality miniature photos--until now.
My SUPER AWESOME WIFE got me an early Christmas present from Evileyelens: the Apexel Mobile Phone Camera Lens set! (Isn't she awesome?!) In the kit you get (1) a small, expandable tripod suitable for table-top photography, (2) a mounting bracket to hold your device (and can be removed and used with other tripods), (3) two clips to hold the lenses on your phone, (4-6) a zoomable lens, a fisheye lens, and A MACRO LENSE, and finally (7) a soft carrying bag.
Out of the box, this is an easy to use kit. Intuitive in design, the clips and lenses fit together easily. It took longer to walk to the mailbox than to setup.
Though there are a lot of cool accessories, the most important for miniature painting are the phone mount and macro lens. Just look at the difference adding the lense makes!
With the IPhone's own point and focus technology, you can get great pictures but they often don't capture the entire miniature. Usually, you can get a lot of detail of one small section, but the rest of the piece is out of focus. Adding the lens, you get a much better macro photograph. More of the miniature with more detail come out while still blurring the background.
Mounting your phone on a tripod increases the clarity of the image. No matter how much you brace yourself, the tiny movements of your body blur photos at this tiny scale. With the tripod, your device is stable and free from shakycam! To take photos, add your headphones and click! Just like a selfie stick!
If all you need is the macro lens and clip, you can find these (with the fisheye lens) on Amazon.com for $11.99.
If you're serious about miniature photography and don't want to invest in a new camera, this kit is a must!
There are lots of great photography tutorials on Camospecs.com--be sure to check them out!
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