It's Monday, and that means it's time to kick off this week's Android Central photo contest.  This time around, we're looking for your best macro-photography shots.  Grab something small and cool looking, grab your Android phone, and snap a picture!  The prize this week is a blind box Android mini collectable, and we're looking to give five of them away to the best close-up shots.  The blind box factor makes it a cool mystery, and we have no idea which one you'll get.  No matter, they're all really, really cool. As a refresher, here's the rules:

  • One picture per person
  • The picture must be taken with an Android device
  • The picture must be awesome

Send it in to by Friday Feb. 24, and include which phone you used and you name so we can give proper credit.  We'll pick the best five and show them off to the world Sunday on the blog.  Good luck!


Reader comments

Android Central weekly photo contest: Macro-photography


Just took my pic. It's insanely difficult to get a good macro shot with a Galaxy Nexus in low light.

Some tips.

For inside shots, get some daylight-balanced compact fluorescent blubs, 100W equivalent; normal bulbs are whacked in their light-temperature, but phones can usually figure out "daylight." If you've got a lamp that holds multiple bulbs, use that.

Alternatively, macro photography can be something outside in good light. Flowers, say. I may take a shot of the huge rosemary bush outside tomorrow as they're blooming right now.

Check your phone's camera settings -- it may have a Macro mode to have a shorter focal length. I know my Droid 3 and OG Droid both have such modes. Vignette, sadly, doesn't, but you can force focusing and it's not too shabby.

Cool macro stuff is often things you see every day, but not up close. Your keys, batteries, wood grain, Legos, your tire fill-up nozzle, CAT5 cables of different colors, a USB port, a pile of bullets. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) A spoon distortedly reflecting something. An eyeball -- in the head still, please.

Oh, the focus issue....

You may need to back off and zoom in to get the macro effect. Cameras have a minimum focal length, but you can "cheat" that with zoom. Sometimes.

Someone submitted an eyeball ... and won?! Why'd I bother taking so many macro shots of seahorses at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Harumph. :P