Tips For Using A Clip-On Telephoto Lens

Tips For Using A Clip-On Telephoto Lens

Telephoto lenses are used to increase your zoom by 8x, 12x, or 18x, without sacrificing the image quality or detail of your picture. Here are a few quick tips on how to use your clip-on telephoto lens.

  1. Eliminating Vignette. A vignette is a black shadow that can appear around the corners or edges of your photo while using a clip-on phone lens. This is easily eliminated by zooming in a tiny amount on your phone so that the edges disappear. 
  2. Telephoto Zoom vs Camera Zoom. Why use a telephoto lens when my camera already has a zoom function? When you take a photo with your devices zoom you start to sacrifice the quality and clarity of the photo. A telephoto lens opens up many zooming possibilities without affecting the quality of your photos. If you know you are going to a scenic area or place where you want to take pics for afar go ahead and grab your telephoto lens! It will give you all the creative options while still keeping your image quality.
  3. Its A Monocular! With the style of telephoto lenses we carry the phone clip can be easily unscrewed and detached so that your telephoto lens turns into a working monocular! Great for concerts or seeing the sites up close.
  4. Use Stabilization. Use a monopod or tripod for stabilization. It is important to stabilize your camera to get the sharp image you are looking for. Lenses, especially telephoto or macro lenses, work best if they are stabilized to reduce shaking and maximize clarity to an image. Check out our variety of tripods and monopods to see which method of stabilization you feel most comfortable with. We even carry a video stabilizer for ultimate ease while taking photos or video!
  5. Use A Shutter Button. To minimize camera shake (which can be amplified by the magnification), use a detachable camera shutter button to capture the image without touching your phone.
  6. The Telephoto Effect. The telephoto effect is a term used to describe how a telephoto lens appears to flatten scenes with great depth. It can give the illusion that multiple subjects separated by great distances are actually very close. Feel free to play around with depth and this unique effect.
  7. Try Shooting Wildlife. Telephoto lenses area a great option when you are trying to shoot wildlife. They make it so you can take a picture from afar, from a safe distance, and make it look like you were really close up. 
  8. Getting Close Ups. A telephoto lens gives you the creative license to get extremely close to your subject to highlight more detail than you would get with a lens with a shorter focal length. 
  9. Try Panning. Panning your camera with a telephoto lens can provide a high impact photo of almost any moving subject and give your picture an artistic blurred background. Simply follow the moving object with your camera and focus it in the middle to achieve this effect. It can take some practice but the results can be stunning.

Clip-on telephoto lenses can be a great way to upgrade your phones camera and give you many creative options. Phone photography is about experimenting. It can take some getting used to but if you keep practicing the results can be very artistic and professional looking pictures. Don’t forget to have fun while you’re at it!