When we leave, we travel, we all want to take beautiful photos, but not necessarily to be burdened with all the equipment that goes with it: reflex camera, lenses, tripod, etc. Today, smartphones are increasingly sophisticated, and their capabilities are now largely equivalent to those of most compact cameras. We can therefore be content to leave just with his phone, especially since we can add accessories to take better photos. A young French start-up, which markets lenses and tripods for smartphones. I had the opportunity to test them during my recent mother daughter trips and I was amazed by the result.
Introducing Smartphone Lenses
You can get several ranges of lenses that you can easily attach to your smartphone with a clamp. Supplied with a carrying case and a cleaning cloth, they are easy to slip into a bag and do not take up space. They make it possible to multiply the photographic capacities of telephones with wide-angle or zoom functions.
For my part, I opted for two lenses from the “Pro” range: the Wide-Angle Pro and the Super Fisheye Pro, which are 49.90 euros each, as well as a flexible tripod at 39.90 euros.
There are also two other lenses: the Macro Pro (4.5x zoom) and the Telephoto (2x zoom).
Pro Wide Angle Lens Review
The Wide-Angle lens is really a plus for successful travel photos. With a viewing angle of 100 degrees, it captures twice the width of field. It really changes everything when you want to take pictures and you can’t go back far enough to fit everything into the picture. Here are several examples of what it can give. I went to visit the castles of the Loire and here is the magnificent castle of Chambord. These two photos are taken in the courtyard of the castle and in the same place. We are blocked by the perimeter wall and therefore impossible to step back to take the entire facade. Thanks to the wide angle, you can have it all.
The same here in Malaysia in Borneo, to take a picture of this beach, I’m on a pontoon that juts out to sea. whole beach.
In Lyon, I also took beautiful architectural photos in the Confluence district. In this photo, I’m on the banks of the Saone, so it’s impossible to go any further either. Without the wide angle, I couldn’t take in the whole building.
Super Fisheye Pro Lens Review
The Super Fisheye lens is a fun lens that allows you to take unusual or surprising traveler photos. With its 235-degree angle of view, it captures a very wide field, with the characteristic circular distortion of the Fisheye. You must find the right opportunities to use it because otherwise it can give some weird and distorted photos. The best playground I have found is the city of Bangkok with its futuristic architecture. With skyscrapers, you can really have fun taking original and surprising photos.
On the other hand (and this observation also applies to the wide angle), it is necessary to center the lens on the photo sensor of the phone, otherwise the photos are blurred. It is sometimes necessary to remove the shell of the smartphone if it is too thick and prevents the lens from being positioned correctly. I don’t really recommend using it in selfie mode, that is to say by placing the lens on the other side of the phone: there it’s much harder to center the lens properly, and all the photos I took with this mode were blurry. To take selfies, it is better to use the phone with a normal face, and thanks to the wide-angle or fisheye lens, you are necessarily in the field…
My favorite: the flexible smartphone tripod
So that’s an accessory I won’t be able to live without! Me who often travels alone, I am most of the time struggling to find someone who can take pictures of me. It is not always easy to ask someone (when there is someone else, because very often there is no one) and even so, it is rare that the unknown in question takes a good photo, with the framing we expected. This flexible tripod, which can be fixed almost anywhere, and which comes with a Bluetooth remote control that allows you to take pictures without having to struggle with the self-timer is therefore a real deliverance!
It is thanks to this tripod that I was able to take this photo at the edge of the swimming pool of my hotel, in Malaysia. So, I was able to set the exact framing I wanted, and then all I had to do was activate the little Bluetooth remote control to take the photo once I was well seated on the deckchair. It goes without saying that if I had only had the ten seconds of the self-timer, it would have been impossible, and I would surely have ended up in the water fully clothed…
I really regret not having had this tripod during my trip to Iceland last summer where I was very often alone in the middle of sublime landscapes…
And you, do you use your smartphone to take your travel photos? Feel free to share your tips and advice if you have any.