Get The Shot. Nine Easy-To-Use Gadgets for Smartphone Photography

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Now more and more people are using their  smartphones as their camera.  As the newest models (such as the iPhone 6s or Samsung Galaxy S7) are released, the one boast they all make is that it has an even better camera.  I put together a list of the top 9 must haves for your smartphone camera.  These must have accessories and gear will make you the photographer you always wanted to be.  Or at least you will look cool doing it.  
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Sling Shot Smartphone Stabiliser

I love getting videos and pictures of my children running around playing.  There is nothing better than catching that perfect shot of a soon to be home run hit in baseball.  Action shots mean staying mobile, but they also sometimes mean shaky video. Steady it with the  SlingShot, a stabiliser that keeps a phone balanced even while moving around. The cradle fits a variety of smartphones from the  iPhone 4 up to the  Galaxy Note 2. The handle doubles as a tabletop tripod and the cradle is detachable and will mount on any standard tripod. 

Maybe you love the tripod, but don’t have a smartphone that the mount works with.  Enter the  GripTight  phone mount.  My husband and I have different phones, but we both love taking pictures with out them. He has an  iPhone 6 and I have a  Samsung 6. This mount works for a wide variety of phones which means that even when we upgrade, we will still have a mount that works.  
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Life-Phorm

Need to get a shot from a crazy angle? There are times when the lighting is in the wrong spot compared to your subject.  You can’t move the sun and often, at times, you can’t move your subject.  If only you could fashion your phone into the perfect spot to take the shot.  The  Life-Phorm is perfect. It may look like it escaped from the set of a killer spider/robot movie, but rest assured that those legs and hooked feet are all in service of this diverse tool. The Life-Phorm can hold your smartphone in multiple positions and attach to branches, shelves, even body parts. Add bungee cords to ensure a secure grip.  The Life-Phorm works with tablets up to 10 inches and real  cameras, no additional mounts needed. I use the  Nikon D3100 as my non-smartphone camera and would be fun to use with the Life-Phorm.  

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Olloclip

When professional photographers want to improve the quality of their shots, they look to upgrade their lenses. If you have an iPhone, there are plenty of lens add-ons that allow you to do the same thing and improve the quality of pictures. The downfall is needing multiple lenses for different functions.  The  Olloclip  slips on and off easily and is actually three lenses in one: macro, fish-eye, and wide angle.

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Pocket Spotlight

You would be hard pressed to find a smartphone without a built in flash.  But whether or not that flash is any good is up for debate.  Sometimes you don’t want a flash, but a steady source of light to illuminate your subject and banish shadows. The  Pocket Spotlight compact LED spotlight provides a wide and bright beam that you can either hold or mount to the headphone jack. The best part is it charges via USB just like a phone and will shine for an hour.

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XSories Me-Shot-Deluxe

If you absolutely insist on having a selfie stick, at least make sure it's a good one. The  XSories Me-Shot-Deluxe combines a stick which extends to 37 inches with a Pholder 2.0 phone holder and an XSmart Remote 2.0. This enables hands-free operation via Bluetooth.  So take your selfies or videos while you are out and about and on the go.  


Now that you have your tripod, an upgraded flash, and even the awesomely creepy Life-Phorm to get the perfect shot, it is not always possible to be there to push the shutter button.  One of my favourite shots was with the Life-Phorm clinging to the top of my car for dear life.  I couldn’t figure out how to push the shutter button.  A Bluetooth shutter remote saved the day.  Just a simple push of the button and my phone took a great series of photos that I love to this day.  Many of these remotes work up to 30 feet away with no need for go-go Gadget super stretchy arms!  

Now that you are taking all these amazing photos and videos with your smartphone, how do you share them onto devices like the iPad, which doesn’t have a USB port or a card slot?  You invest in a wireless data reader.  A data reader enables you to transfer data from  SD cards or  USB sticks to your iPhone, without using iTunes. What’s more, you can use it as a simple Wi-Fi repeater or router.   

Do you have any go-to photography gadgets or tips for smartphone photography?
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