A Mobiographer’s Journey From Analog to iPhone
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The selfie stick has become one of the most widely used smartphone accessories, proving that selfies aren’t just for celebrities who like to show off their good looks.
Selfie sticks are reflective of our technological advances, and more importantly, they cut your arms some slack. Gone are the days when we needed to hold the camera phone as far away as possible to get everyone within the frame. No more arms stretched out, and no more arms accidentally captured in your mobile photos – the selfie stick is here.
More importantly, selfie sticks aren’t only for selfies. They can be used to capture large groups of people or beautiful sceneries from afar. Selfie sticks are also a must if you’re constantly struggling to capture the perfect angle. Here are five tips for using selfie sticks that can make you look like a pro.
Some selfie sticks come with advanced controls. A few of the ones you’ll find on the market come with controls that make it easier for you to snap and shoot during a mobile photography session. If you’re willing to spend the money, don’t rule out these sticks. Just keep in mind that they may require a little extra work to use. For instance, a Bluetooth-enabled stick with a remote shutter likely has a battery that will need to be charged on occasion.
Some selfie sticks can be expanded to a longer length, which you might want if you intend to include several subjects in your mobile photographs. Others have clasps that can rotate, giving you the option to take photos in different angles. These can all increase your range of creativity as you snap your photos.
You might think you’ve found the perfect selfie stick, until you actually try to use it during a mobile photography session. Don’t forget to take stability into account when you’re shopping around for a selfie stick. Not all sticks are made the same, and one that is created from flimsy material will undoubtedly make your mobile photography sessions more difficult. Stillness is essential when it comes to any form of photography. If possible, test out selfie sticks before making a final purchase. Durable, strong sticks can reduce the odds of motion blur in your mobile photography.
The self-timer app will help you get your subjects into position before you begin your mobile photography session. In combination with the selfie stick, you can ensure that everything is “picture perfect” before you start capturing moments.
The selfie stick will make it easier for you to plan out your mobile photography, but it doesn’t guarantee flawless results. Whether you’re working with energetic children or playful pets, don’t forget about the iPhone’s burst mode. This will allow you to take a series of photos within a few seconds with your phone and selfie stick. In the end, you can go through and eliminate any blurry images.
Once you find the perfect selfie stick for all of your mobile photography needs, don’t forget about some of the restrictions that apply to the device (here’s a list of places you can’t go with them!). Many tourist locations, in particular, have banned selfie sticks. If you don’t want to get kicked out of some of the world’s most popular attractions, keep your stick out of sight. When in doubt, ask a representative about all of the mobile photography rules to ensure you’re being respectful of the locations you visit.
Written by Krystle Vermes.