Ollie Clip - Macro Lens
This is what happens when family gives me a gift card and I'm in an Apple store. I picked up a Apple Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad. Yay! It makes writing in coffee shops a breeze. : D And then I saw the Ollie Clip. As you can see from my website -- I take a LOT of photos for my clients. I was immediately interested in the Ollie Clip. The Fish Eye Lens, Macro Lens and Wide Angle Lens seemed to be a dream come true for just $70. Fun hilarious photos could be just a click away. The only trouble is I have to take my phone case off to use it. Still the Ollie piece slips neatly over the camera. Switching between the lens is just a matter of turning the double lens around or removing a lens to get the WIDE ANGLE. It's all right there and I suspect easy to do on the fly. BUT the photos are a lot harder to take by hand because getting things to focus in Macro means being really close to the subject. Yep, you never notice how much your muscles twitch until you're trying to hold something steady. I'm a little disappointed with the Fish Eye and Macro; both require the camera being REALLYREALLYCLOSE the subject. Oh yeah the dogs are gonna just sit there for these purty pixs. :::face palm::: We'll see. I haven't yet tried the Wide Angle Lens yet because it was rainy and miserable today. Still when I get the image focused, the images are really very satisfactory. I suspect I need to check out the support forums for tips and tricks at http://www.olloclip.com.
In terms of image satisfaction, I mean it's either sticking with the iPhone or actually upgrading to some sort of DSLR camera. But I frown at the DSLRs' host of options and buttons. Maybe it's just me, but I like the immediacy of the iPhone. It's very wysiwyg. What you see is what you get. And I get a little testy with DSLRs that don't respond to finger swips. And they're heavy. My left thumb is broken and won't bend at the first knuckle, making handling a heavy camera with buttons a big challenge. Yes, yes, Apple has warped my mind and I simply must have the simplest camera. But seriously it's all about getting the image, not the buttons. Having the most expensive camera isn't worth a nickel, if you miss the shot. And you know, cats and dogs don't sit still for pictures unless they're tired from playing. You may have noticed that a lot of the pets on my website look well...um..tired and asleep. LOL. Well they're still aren't they? Unlike the smear action photos I often get -- <DELETE>. I toss away a lot of pictures on my iPhone. Any picture I take should continue to be really sharp even if I zoom in. If it's fuzzy...<DELETE>. A fuzzy picture even if it's cute just isn't worth keeping IMHO. The really sharp pictures that capture a pet's personality and also captures the light in the eyes are what I'm really after. Really, all of photos you see on this website are the result of luck, patience, and saying "CRAP" a lot....<DELETE>. Sharp pictures are the key. Beyond just looking good, they allow me to crop and focus an interesting part of the image. You just can't do that with a blurry picture. It just looks BLAH...<DELETE>. I'll post more later when I use the Ollie Clip on upcoming petsitting gigs. : D Wish me luck.
Check out some of the amazing photos you an take with the Ollie Clip.
http://www.olloclip.com -- I'm going to check out the photos and the tips and tricks. Plenty of image examples.
http://statigr.am/tag/ollieclip -- More photo examples here.