[Batch 6 : 21 August - 3 September] When I started 365 in Lo-Fi, I kinda knew what I was getting into : everyday photography with the iPhone, and the iPhone alone. It doesn't come with the flexibility that shooting with the DSLR system has with its lenses and accessories. And I do love lenses, matter of fact. I took the lack of options as a challenge : shoot with what the iPhone has to offer, which pretty much is decent image quality in ample ambient light and a lot of grain in low-light. The zoom? A non-factor, since I'm not a fan of digital zooms. The iPhone's flash? Nevermind. Still, it was "game on, challenge accepted."
What the iPhone lacks in optics interchangeability, it makes up for (as we all know by now) with its tons of apps to tweak your photos. And thru that means I regularly check AppStore for the latest apps that I may find useful. Some apps are neat and cool, some are just trash. And some of the trash are the fisheye apps, those which promise to make your photos distorted like they've been taken with a fisheye lens. I AM TELLING YOU NOW, SO YOU DON'T GET DUPED LIKE ME, ALL FISHEYE APPS IN THE APPSTORE ARE GARBAGE. Don't buy them. You can try the free ones, but you'll be wasting your time. I've been there, I've done that. I've read user feedbacks that caution against the bogus fisheye apps, only to push my luck and fall flat on my face. So let me repeat, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON FISHEYE APPS. THEY. DON'T. WORK.
It's because of that frustration that I googled if there was a fisheye app that could be a hidden gem, an app that hasn't been hyped but really gets that fisheye distortion that I love (I've been shooting with a fisheye lens on my DSLR since last year). Maybe that app is out there, somewhere, and somehow I've missed it on the AppStore.
The google results then brought me to something better. Definitely better. Apparently, there is an iPhone accessory that lets you shoot fisheye. A clip-on lens converter, not an app, that makes fisheye distortion a reality. The olloclip 3-in-1 lens. I immediately ordered one and had it delivered in 3 days.
Let me share the olloclip experience.
Wideness test, exhibit A : The view from our room's veranda, taken on the widest setting using just the iPhone's camera (no olloclip). I mounted the iPhone on a tripod using a Sidekic (another useful accessory). I exposed for the trees' leaves and used the HDR feature (same setting for the next two photos).
Wideness test, exhibit C : Didn't move the iPhone, detached the olloclip and reattached it this time using the Fisheye side. Now that's WIDE and distorted, as you can see the veranda's roof on the upper part of the photo, even the satellite dish below. Lost sharpness (very soft on the corners), lost contrast, colors are a little off.
And because I'm so happy with the olloclip, I decided to make the sixth batch of 365 in Lo-Fi an olloclip edition. All photos shot using the olloclip, with 7 macros, 5 fisheyes, and 2 wides. Click on the thumbnails for the full view and captions.
If you're a fisheye lover, don't settle for the crappy apps on AppStore. Get the olloclip. If you just want it wide and not really a fan of the fisheye distortion, get the olloclip. If you'd love to take macro photos with your iPhone, get the olloclip. Those are 3 reasons for you. It's a must-have accessory if you want your photos to be different and fresh.
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Overall, I strongly recommend the olloclip 3-in-1 lens converter, especially for iPhone photographers. Bang for the buck, flush for the fun. Check out www.olloclip.com for more info. It retails for $70 in the US, if you can source it there, the cheaper. There's a Philippine olloclip seller but she's selling it for Php 4,000 (about $95) : niftysnaps.com. Or you could try looking on sulit.com.ph and get lucky, as I did when I found a brandnew olloclip being sold for just Php 2,500 ($60).
Thanks for dropping by. Happy shooting! On to the next batch. =)
365 in Lo-Fi
For a whole year (365 days), I took a photo with my mobile phone camera and presented them here, in batches. Lower quality as the technology is still improving, just the same phone photography has altered the way people take and look at pictures.