With the rapidity of living cells undergoing mitosis, the technology and accessories for the “cells" most of us carry in purse or pocket are growing at mind-boggling speeds … and it doesn’t take more than a purse or pocket to carry comparable accessories to those used on “traditional” cameras, from tripod to flash, from auxiliary lenses to hand grips and remote shutter releases.
One of the most useful accessory devices for cellphones is the Shoulderpod S1 cellphone grip with built-in tripod mount. The grip allows one-handed steadiness for both still photographs and videos. The bottom of the S1 can be unscrewed, revealing a standard ¼ inch-20 thread for a tripod. The handstrap is especially handy when hiking and carrying a camera with a long lens.
Rather than carrying extra lenses when switching to landscapes, the photographer can use a cellphone camera for wide-angle shots, the cell secured to a wrist with the S1 strap. A mini-tripod, such as Manfrotto’s excellent Pixi EVO, will not only support a cellphone with the S1 attached, but also can be used for entry-level dSLRs with standard lenses, and can be carried in a photo-vest or pocket, allowing a full 90-degree tilt.
The flash on cell and mobile devices is useless beyond 8-10 feet, but iBLAZR makes a handy little accessory flash/continuous light for both stills and video. It even has a translucent diffuser to soften the light, as well as a flexible USB connector that doubles as a stand for a reading light.
“Pinch to Zoom”? Not necessary with add-on lenses. Image quality goes down when the image is electronically enhanced by on-screen gestures, but not so with accessory lenses. From fisheye to macro to telephoto, we can carry a full arsenal to cover everything from the widest landscapes to short telephoto shots and portraits.
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Both Olloclip and Moment offer a wide variety of add-on glass that will fit most of the cell and tablets currently available. And to bring in audio as well as video, Røde makes a small microphone that brings professional quality audio to cellphones.
Running out of room on your cell and/or tablet? Pick up an IOS flash drive or equivalent device for non-IOS cameras. With a USB connector at one end and Lightning at the other end, these small flash drives allow up to 512 GB of photos, music and other data to be safely stored or transferred to an external drive or computer.
Probably my favorite “gadget” is an inexpensive Bluetooth wireless shutter release. Great for selfies or for eliminating the shake that comes from pressing the shutter release, it can be worn around the neck on a lanyard or carried in a pocket, and works up to 20 feet.
Finally, no serious cellphone photographer would be caught without a photo vest to carry all this gear. This photographer has become attached to Weekender’s Traveler vest, with D-clips for lenses and carabiners, numerous pockets including several inside pockets to keep passports (RF pocket) and wallets safe.
… And BTW, all images in this edition of ADP were taken with an iPhone 6 and iPhone X. All edits and titling were done on an iPad using the excellent (and FREE) post-processing program Snapseed.