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Getting comfortable with different lenses is a good way to become a more versatile videographer if you use a DSLR camera. By learning to choose the perfect lens for every shot you become more skilled, and by experimenting with different lens choices you become more creative. If you have always relied on your phone’s camera then you might not have had that same opportunity to grow as a videographer.
You do not need to go out and buy a DSLR in order to take better photos and videos. If you have one of the newer smartphone models then you already have a great camera. You cannot change the lens of your smartphone camera, but you can adjust it to take on the characteristics of a lot of different types of lenses.
Besides being a great way for smartphone users to get more serious about their videos, adapting the lens of a smartphone’s camera is a good choice for DSLR users who are recording spontaneously on the go. You may have a DSLR and a whole set of different lenses, but you probably do not bring them all everywhere with you. If you can adjust the lens of your smartphone then you can still have a lot of the flexibility you are used to even if you did not plan to make a video and bring all your equipment.
Here are some examples of different kinds of lenses you can make the lens of your smartphone camera behave like:
A Wide Angle lens offers a wider field of view, which means you capture more scenery in one frame. Good for landscapes, or for shooting indoors where limited space makes it difficult for you to back up and capture the entire room in one frame.
A Macro lens magnifies your image significantly. You capture less of your scene, but what you do record is blown up. Macro lenses are used to record extreme close-ups that are highly detailed.
A Fisheye lens is an extremely wide angled lens. The field of view is so wide that it is actually round. A fisheye lens produces spherical-looking footage that is distorted around the edges. Although there are a lot of creative ways you can use fisheye lenses they are especially good for recording underwater.
A Telephoto lens is used to record subjects that are in the distance. Like macro lenses, they have a narrower field of view. Telephoto lenses are great for recording wildlife without getting dangerously close.
If recording these types of videos on your smartphone appeals to you then here are two ways that you can do it:
Clip-on lenses are very small and can be clipped right over your device’s camera. There are a variety of different lens types available in clip-on form including wide angle, fish eye, macro, and even telephoto. They are very small and easy to carry around, so it is convenient to carry them around in your bag or pocket just in case you need them. Changing them is quick too. Owning some clip-ons means you are freer to be creative on the spur of the moment.
Clip-on lenses are a lot more affordable than their full-sized counter parts. Sets of them can be found for under $50.
A company called Turtleback makes a product called an SLR Jacket, which you can use to attach a Nikon or Canon camera lens to your smartphone. This probably is not the best choice for a smartphone videographer who does not also own a DSLR. It makes no sense to go out and buy DSLR lenses just for your smartphone. However, if you have a DSLR and a collection of lenses for it this is one way you can get more use out of the equipment you have already purchased.
This is a pricier option at $249.
There are a lot of very simple things you can do to help your smartphone videos stand out, such as remembering to tilt your phone to the side when
You have an excellent camera right inside your smartphone. If you take a little bit of time to think about your technique then you will be able to record
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