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I was getting some work done at a coffee shop when I got distracted by all the condensation from my iced coffee that was inching its way closer to my laptop. I had been doing some research on getting better detail shots with a smartphone when an idea struck: could I use a tiny droplet of water on my iPhone lens as a makeshift macro lens?

Now, I've played around with a lot of macro lenses for iPhones, from the cheap the the insanely-expensive-for-what-it-is. And shockingly, my experiment produced pretty amazing results. Take a look:


The trick is for the droplet to be about one millimeter (yes, that tiny) in diameter. Anything larger and all you'll get is a trippy blurred effect. If you're having trouble with size, it should be about half the size of your lens. Here's a quick 30-second demo:


Give it a shot and let me know about your experiences in the comments!