Redneck Tech: Camera Tricks


Need to take a far away picture, but the zoom on your camera is weak? A local hunter showed me that you can hold a spotting scope or binoculars in front of the camera lens on your smartphone to make an “optical zoom”. Pretty neat stuff…Makes me wonder what you could pull off at a sporting event.


For reference this deer is about 50 yards away (in my back yard), with the digital zoom on my camera at half or so, and a pair of 4×30 binoculars. With some practice, you can get some nice photos on an HTC One S….

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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at and on the Kindle Store.

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