When I thought we were going to visit the Arctic I planned on taking my Canon DSLR with me, and the big zoom lens, so I could take photos of icebergs, and seabirds and whatnot. Now we’re going to Spain instead I’ve decided to rely on my iPhone 5s and new iPad Air 2 (not yet arrived) for photos.
The first thing I’ve done is to sign up with Lynda.com for a month where I’ve started watching Ben Long’s course on Shooting with the iPhone 5s. I’ve watched several of his photography courses before, and they’re all fantastic.
Then I’m considering some additional apps and hardware. I already use the ProCamera app, but Long is also mentioning others as we work through the course. And as for gadgets, I’m having fun window shopping. Here are some I’m particularly interested in:
- Une Bobine: A super bendy phone cable and tripod in one (US$34.95).
- Olloclip 2x Telephoto + Circular Polarizing Lens (US$99.99),
- Olloclip 4-IN-1 quick-connect lens — includes Fisheye, Wide-Angle and 2 Macro lenses (10x and 15x) (US$69.99).
- Perhaps a remote control for the camera shutter. It not only makes it easy to get in the shot, but can also help prevent camera shake. Some possibilities are:
I already have an excellent Tuff-As-Nuts leather holster with belt clip. I’ve been using the case for years now, only getting a new one when I bought a larger phone. The holsters are pricey but worth every cent.
I also have a very useful Magicstick to recharge my phone on the run.
And while writing this post I recalled that when I reviewed a 3D printer some time ago I did manage to print a couple of tiny plastic feet that make a very lightweight and tiny stand for an iPad or iPhone. I must find them…
I think a tiny telephoto lens will be particularly useful on my travels, and that will probably be my priority. It’s time to start saving. Now, back to the video training course.