How to Make a DIY GoPro Macro Lens


In this article, you'll learn how to make a DIY GoPro macro lens for your GoPro camera.

How to make a-DIY GoPro macro lens

A macro lens makes it easy to get close-up with a GoPro.

You've probably noticed that any closer than 12 inches and your subject is blurry. With a macro lens you can get much closer, you can capture subjects at just two or three inches away.

A macro lens allows you to draw attention to your main subject by blurring out the background. This adds interest to your photos and videos.

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DIY GoPro Macro Lens

In the following video, you'll learn how to make your own DIY macro lens out of a flashlight.

For this DIY GoPro project, you'll need:

  1. GoPro Hero4 Camera
  2. Flashlight: LUX PRO Focus 470 Tactical 180 Lumens flashlight
  3. Bottle of Super Glue (Loctite with fine tip for precision gluing)
  4. Glass protective GoPro lens
  5. Pair of Scissors
  6. Hair dryer with a hot setting

DIY GoPro Macro Lens Project

Unfortunately, the tutorial video is no longer available.

Read more about GoPro macro photography.

Will You make a DIY GoPro Macro Lens?

What did you think of that project? Looks easy doesn't it? And the results were excellent.

Make a DIY GoPro macro lens

I wanted to try this project but I couldn't find that flashlight. So, I decided to buy a couple macro lenses.

I ordered the AGPtek 58mm Macro Lens, it's a great price at just over $35.00. I also ordered the PLR Optics 58mm Close-Up Macro Filter Set. Don't forget to get an adapter so the lenses will fit your GoPro. I chose the DarkHorse 58mm Aluminum Alloy Filter Flip Up Adapter Ring. I can't wait to get my macro lenses (and these lenses will also fit my DSLR camera).

Update (April 27, 2016): Check out my new GoPro macro lens review of the AGPtek 58mm macro lens.

I'll be doing a review of the lenses and sharing GoPro macro projects in the future. Make sure to sign up for our free updates.

Have you made a macro lens for your GoPro? Do you think you will, or will you buy one like I did? Please share below.


Hi, I'm the Author!

Dena Haines is co-editor of ClickLikeThis: GoPro tutorial blog. She is a travel blogger and content marketer. She is also co-founder of GringosAbroad (Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with ClickLikeThis.

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