Have about $10 and 20 minutes? You could be photographing cells with your smartphone the same day, as well as be the hero of young children and your geeky friends alike! See how this creative photographer created his own DIY iPhone Macro Lens Stand.

Turn Your Smartphone Into a Digital Microscope for Macro Photography


Materials required for the DIY iPhone Macro Lens Stand:

  • 3x 4 ½” x 5/16” carriage bolts
  • 9x 5/16” nuts
  • 3x 5/16” wing nuts
  • 5x 5/16” washers
  • ¾” x 7” x 7” plywood — for the base
  • ⅛” x 7” x 7” plexiglass — for the camera level (stand)
  • ⅛” x 3” x 7” plexiglass — for the specimen level
  • laser pointer focus lens
    LED click light (for backlit specimens)

Tools Required for this DIY iPhone Macro Lens Stand:

  • Drill
  • Assorted bits
  • Ruler

Sample Images for the DIY iPhone Macro Lens Stand




I can totally see this going larger scale for your DSLR and getting really creative macro photography.

What ideas does a build like this inspire?