LIGHTS, CAMERA, ADD-ONS! Not keen on investing in pro camera gear? Here’s an add-on cheat list to do an equally great and surely cheaper job
1. YOUR PHONE’S BFF
Oh, sure, your trusty iPhone or Galaxy S4 does a perfectly decent job zooming in on distant objects and recording impromptu jam sessions. But if you’re looking to turn your phone into a more reliable photography/videography tool, then you might want to consider investing in a Phone PAAL. This frame allows phone-photographers to attach both zoom and wide lenses, high-gain microphones as well as a wide range of tripods and the ubiquitous selfie sticks. Even more accessories are currently in the works, including a lens hood and adapters for various commercial lenses.
2. POCKET-SIZE MOVIE CREW
The problems with recording videos on an iPhone are, in no particular order, a permanently zoomed-in lens, an easily blocked mic and the fact that the slightest gust of wind will cause the whole thing to tremble. This is where the iPhone Video Rig comes in. This solid frame (precision-carved out of a solid block of aluminum) will snugly grip your iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus, and comes equipped with tripod sockets, an adjustable high-quality mic and a 0.45x37mm wide-angle lens for deep contrast. It might feel a bit heavy, but, of course, heavy means steady.
3. STEADY AS SHE GOES
If you’ve ever watched a behind-the-scenes documentary of one of your favorite movies, you’ve probably seen one of those rigs that can hold a camera rock-steady even as the cameraman moves around in a hurry. The Fly-X3 is basically the same contraption, but designed for your iPhone, iPod or Android phone. No matter how much you move about, the Fly-X3’s gyroscope will tilt your phone to make sure that it gets a level shot. So, now you can take smooth action videos while running, biking and so on.
4. TRAINING WINGS
The future of photography is … drone photography, of course. Learning how to properly control a drone, however, is not as easy as it might appear at first glance. This is why beginners should really consider starting their drone piloting career with something like the Axis Nano Drone. Besides being modestly priced, the mini drone is quite sturdy and equipped with side impact guards and skid guards for indoor landings. Master the Nano, and you’ll be better prepared to move on to advanced models like the futuristic-looking DJI Phantom 3.