Have you ever tried going “live” using your smartphone or tablet and wished you had a hands-free alternative? Say hello to the ultimate tool every digital content creator and social savvy sharer needs! The Joistik is an essential tool for every type of digital content creator. It holds 2 or more mobile phones or tablets – allowing users to stream and record hands-free on multiple apps simultaneously. It’s lightweight and portable, so your Joistik can go anywhere to capture stable professional-looking footage from all angles.
You know I’m always on the lookout for photography gadgets and the Joystik is the ultimate all-in-one studio kit. Assembly is quick and easy and with the Joistik, you can share and capture moments from anywhere at any angle – even capture birds eye views from up to 7” high. I received the Joistik last month and couldn’t wait to take it with me to the world’s largest technology show – the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The unique tripod design easily fit in my checked luggage. It’s sturdy, Aircraft grade aluminum construction is compact and lightweight so you can take it anywhere to create professional-looking content. The Joistik stands out from other portable tripods, with the ability to connect 2 or more of your devices to stream and record on multiple apps simultaneously. Imagine going live on FB and Instagram at the same time? You can do it easy and hands free with the Joistik.
Just mount your smartphone, tablet and press record – the Joistick instantly becomes your production team of two recording your content hands free. What I love most about the Joistik is that it can get as versatile as you! Easily remove the included tablet mount and attach a light, camera, microphone, or your favorite streaming tools too. If you’re a vlogger, podcaster or just love sharing great hands-free content on the go – the Joistik is for you! Discover more and how you can get your hands on a Joistik of your own at joistik.com.
NEWS FLASH: The summer is quickly flying by and so are those amazing summer memories that you’ve captured on your smartphone. Why not do something cool with all your amazing photos and videos (I mean besides uploading them to Instagram) and create awesome videos with the press of a button?
Say hello to Magisto!
This summer, I’ve been using my new favorite video app Magisto, to do just that. Like magic, Magisto turns your smartphone photos and videos into an amazing montage of memories with music, video transitions and more.
Magisto makes things simple with two large buttons that let you either start shooting a new video or jump straight to your Gallery to sift through existing videos. If you choose to shoot a new video, Magisto jumps to its in-app recorder, which allows you to switch between front-facing and rear-facing cameras. Each time you start and stop recording, your new clip will be saved for use. You can see what clips you’ve recorded, and easily delete any that you don’t want to include in your final compilation video. Once you’re done recording, you can hit Next to begin selecting any other media you might want to include in your final edit. The video picker interface lets you look through files in your media library. All you have to do is pick the items you want to include in your final edit and let Magisto find the interesting parts to edit together. Magisto gives you 12 different themes to choose from. There are specialized themes for holidays, as well as more general themes like Street Beats and Sentimental. Each theme comes with a few different soundtrack options, or you can upload your own music for random use throughout your movie. Finally, when you’re done with all your files and settings, you can upload your video to Magisto’s servers for editing. Check out one of my first Magisto edited videos HERE or discover the latest video I created and uploaded to Instagram below…
If you sign up for a free Magisto account, you can only upload up to 16 video files, and 5 photos for your final movie, (which is limited to 60 seconds). There’s a drawback though. As a free user, you can’t download your edited movie to your phone. You can only share your masterpiece movie via a link to your video via YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and e-mail. (You can tag people in your videos if you connect your Facebook account) But in order to share to Instagram, you’ll have to upgrade to a premium account which is $4.99/ month you can pay $0.99 per movie download.
So if you’re like me and keep tons of photos and videos on your smartphone and no time to sift through and edit them all, you need to check out Magisto to keep your memories forever! Download Magisto today for your Apple or Android device via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon stores.
Do you use photo or video editing apps on your phone? Which smart apps do you use for editing and keeping memories fresh for the summer? Share your thoughts below.
If you’re familiar with taking photos on your smartphone, you already know how limiting the standard lens can be. There have been many accessories promising improved smartphone photographs through filters and external lenses but none of them have been more popular to date, than the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system. The olloclip 4-in-1 lens system is one of the most popular smartphone lens solutions, and it comes with a wide angle lens, fisheye lens and two macro lenses to complete versatility in any photography setting.
This set includes a wide angle and fisheye lens, which can be easily converted into 10X and 15X macro lenses by unscrewing the outermost part of each. The compact design means that instead of four lenses you’re carrying around just one small accessory, which will easily fit in your pocket or elsewhere. Olloclip slides onto the iPhone and comes off easily and the lenses are attached securely, but you can’t use olloclip if your iPhone has a case. There are convenient lens caps for each of the lenses, and you also get a soft bag that you can use for storage or cleaning.
Wide Angle lens
It’s not always possible to fit in everything in one photo, which is what the wide angle lens is for. The wide angle lens isn’t the best in optical quality, but for iphoneography it definitely does the trick and give you the width of the canvas that you’re looking for.
The fisheye lens works exactly as you would expect and delivers the photos that you’ve come to know and love. However, you have to be careful when shooting your photos with the fisheye lens as I have found that my fingertips somehow get caught in the shot, unless I’m extremely careful before pressing the shutter.
10x lens / 15x macro lens
The macro lenses are very useful for macro photography. You can’t do macro photography without a macro lens, so olloclip 4-in-1 can open an entirely new world of creativity for you. I used the 10x lens and the 15x macro lens on tea bag packaging and the contents. You can see that both the 10x and 15x lens delivers in quality and makes the macro photography experiences worthwhile for use on text and shooting other objects, while on the go.
Olloclip 4-in-1 is available for iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5/5s for $69. Do you love taking photos on your iPhone? Would you consider yourself an iphoneographer? What are some of your favorite iPhone camera accessories that you use? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Looking for a DSLR alternative to create great iPhone photos and videos on the go? A brand-new smartphone case from Manfrotto called KLYP+ promises to do much more than be a protect your precious smartphone, it has accessories that essentially transforms your iPhone 5/5s into a portable photo studio.
Like any good gadget, the KLYP+ comes equipped with enough transforming tricks to make other iPhone accessories squirm in inadequatcy. With just a few easy clicks, you can attach a super bright LED light ($65) to your bumper that lets you shoot images + record video in just about any light condition.
The continuous illumination makes the images you capture incredibly vivid with no light reflectors required. KLYP+ is also compatible with a trio of external lenses ($60) that screw right on so you can alter your POV from portrait mode to landscape to fisheye effect on the fly.
Even a kickstand and tripod mount connect to your bumper so that you can prop up your phone when you want more than a selfie. Now that’s what i call a really iPhonographer’s accessory!
Do you have any iPhone photography gadgets that you love? Would you use the KLYP+ for your photography and videography needs? Tell us in the comments below.
Do you love photography or just enjoy taking pictures, but feel like pricey cameras are keeping professional-looking photos out of reach? Here are 3 key tips sure to make your holiday photos look top-notch without investing in expensive equipment.
1. Forget the Flash
Ever wonder why throwaway camera pictures have off-kilter coloring? Flash is your culprit!
Unless you’re shooting in the dark, forget it even exists. Keep your camera steady and try to shoot in early morning or early evening light to get the best natural shadows and highlights from your environment. Additionally, if your camera allows it, adjust shutter speed (a.k.a. ISO) to control the amount of light you’re letting in (higher ISO = more light = best for darker environments).
2. Learn The Rule of Thirds
NEVER put your subject in the center of the frame. Instead, picture your camera view as being divided into three sections, and keep your subject in either the left-hand or right-hand third. Also, remember the “halo” rule: make sure to leave space above and around the subject’s head so that they don’t look crammed into the shot.
3. Know Your Angles
America’s Next Top Model contestants aren’t the only ones who need to understand angles. An otherwise-boring shot can be instantly spruced up by changing your perspective.
Want to make your subject look more important and/or taller? Shoot from below. On the flipside, shooting from above can also make a subject look smaller, but slimmer, so a higher perspective might be the answer to soothing subjects with any worries, while also being fabulously spontaneous.
Do you have a unique photo tip to share? Let us know what you do to spruce up your special holiday photos.
Everyone loves the photo-sharing app Instagram, but did you know that you can enhance your experience with these photo sharing tricks?
“What kind of edible plant is this? Wait, Is it even edible?”
1. Edit your photos and create cool effects with other iPhone camera apps. My favorites include: Outcolor, ArtCamera, Photogene, Diptic, Pinhole Cam and ColorSplash. If you didn’t realize it, there’s a lot of editing you can do from your iPhone.
“My piggy bank is smarter than Bank of America”
2. Caption this. Offer an opportunity for people in your network to write the caption for your photo or photos. Just include a mention in your own caption to encourage the feedback.
“Yes I follow Starbucks. In spirit and in truth.”
3. Follow your favorite brands and organizations. Many times you’ll get cool “behind the scenes” photos and connect with brand managers in a fun environment. You’ll need to search the app for user names to find them. (NOTE: I follow most of the brands on Twitter and was able to locate them from Instragram’s “find friends” feature.)
Posing with great bloggers celebrating ‘More Birthdays’ with the American Cancer Society.
4. Hashtag it. You might know the hashtag from Twitter and it’s making its way in to other networks. Instragram is no exception. You can add hashtags to your captions and share them on other social networks, like Twitter and Facebook. You can also search for others using the same hashtag. I use this as a way to find other people to follow, especially if the hashtag indicates a shared interest or commonality.
5. Got A Lot of Followers? Give em THANKS! How? Use the Instragram application, Statigram. To log in, enter your Instragram user name and password. It will take a few minutes to pull up your data, but it’s worth the wait. Once your information appears, scroll down to find your top follower information. Select “Snapshot this” and enter your email address.
I love sharing and checking out creative photos on Instagram — Want to see more Instagram flicks from DivasandDorks? Find us in your Instagram app & we look forward to sharing photos with you soon!