Phone cameras are probably the most used type of camera these days. You just can’t beat the sheer convenience of having a high-resolution digital instrument fitting neatly in your pocket -and one that serves another purpose as well. Now sure, they will never match the versatility of devoted cameras or the optical powers of a Single Lens Reflex camera, but they were never meant to match those tools, just let folks have a powerful instrument in their pockets that they would carry normally!
Still, phone cameras do have many limitations. All their image changing is digital, not optical. They lack any real accessories.
But that doesn’t mean you are without options. In fact one new item, the KOLA Phone Camera Accessory is designed to give a little pizazz to your camera phone and it goes right on your keychain! KOLA stands for Kolor of Light Accessory, and it is made up of eight durable color gel filters that can easily be put in front of your camera phone’s lens to make your shots much more interesting!
We tried this with our own camera phone – A Droid HTC incredible. We set the resolution low to keep the bandwidth down, but you’ll get the idea. First we took a control picture:
Then we started with the yellow filter since it was a light filter:
How about one of the darker filters, such as the Red Filter. It send the camera’s digital aperture into a tizzy:
Next time we should hold it back aways from the lens.
How about Purple? Purple is fun!
We took the blue filter and held it a few inches away from the camera lens so it covered about 1/2 of the view:
All of these shots were taken over a period of about 5 minutes and were more a case of fooling around with the KOLA than any serious photo study. But these few photos can give you an idea of the possibilities available when you keep a Kola on your keychain!