How-To Geek

Take Camera Phone Macro Photos with a Cheap Laser Pointer Lens

Inside those cheap laser pointers you see in the grocery store checkout line there’s a handy little plastic lens that, when slapped on your phone’s camera, makes it easy to take macro photographs.

In this tutorial, they take the lens from a laser point and secure it using tape and a bobby pin. An alternative method to achieve the same end (and with a higher quality lens) is to dismantle a CD/DVD drive to source the lens and use painter’s tape to hold the lens in place–this is the technique I used several years ago, check out the tutorial video here.

Laser Pointer Macro Lens [via Apartment Therapy]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/14/12

Comments (3)

  1. r

    no, I can’t destroy my laser-pen —my cat enjoys it too much

  2. zapper067


  3. Giggitygoebbels

    I took from my broken cd drive the lens and its so good

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