Over the weekend a new iPhone/phone hack was presented to me – the sneaky trick to make your photos almost have a bit of a fisheye vibe to them. It doesn’t involve attaching a gawdy, clip-on external lens to your phone or anything, you just have to have a pretty decent, recent device.
In newer-era iPhones (and some recent model Android phones) the camera function has the ability to zoom in to incredible lengths while still maintaining pretty good detail. They can also pinch out a bit further than just the standard 1x zoom, resulting in a wide-angle lens shot.
And you know what that slightly-zoomed-out angle does? It makes you look good as hell.
There’s something about having a slight fisheye lens, or a wider angle, that seems to lengthen your legs and make you just kinda look a bit better. For instance, these three photos were all taken from the same spot.
This is at normal 1x zoom, a.k.a. the default setting when you open your phone.
This is at 0.7x zoom, which widens the shot, brings in more of my surrounds, and makes me look a touch more ~stretched out~ I guess.
And finally, this is at 0.5x zoom, or the furthest you can currently pinch out. It widens the shot right out and makes you look like you’re in full GoPro adventure mode.
I’m tiny! I’m a tiny lady in a big room! It’s got real Alice In Wonderland vibes and I love it.
This is also a really good option for when you’re out in nature, or in the pool, or just want to bring more of the landscape into your photo.
If you’re not convinced, or need some more inspo for how to get the most out of this phone camera hack that fiddles with the perspective, here’s some bloody fab examples where people have used the trick to take some truly stun shots.
Maybe this is a known hack, and maybe you’ve already had the chance to fuck around with it for some lush Insta content, but my mind was blown when I learned this trick over the weekend (and I realised my humble 8Plus doesn’t have this sneaky ability). Happy snapping, mates.Image: Courtney Fry / Steff Tan