Being a photographer, I use my tripod for all kinds of projects here and there. But one thing that really deters me from using it more often is the weight of it. If I'm not sure I'll use it somewhere, I just won't bother bringing it. I usually use it when I want to make a cinemagraph (moving photograph) or to take a self portrait. But when I first heard about the Lollipod and how compact and lightweight it was, I was definitely interested in trying it out with my iPhone. It's great for small compact cameras and phones and can be especially useful in doing long exposures and cinemagraphs when a steady camera is essential. But one thing that a lot of people do, especially bloggers, is self portraiture. Whether it's just for fun, for an outfit post, or if you just want pictures of you and your friends, taking the pictures yourself can present a LOT of challenges. Today I am here to show you how easy self portraiture can be using the Lollipod with your small cameras and/or phones.
Since I was using my iPhone for today's pictures, I attached the Grip Tight Mount (seen above) to hold the camera in place on the Lollipod. Set up took seconds and then I was ready to do a few snaps indoors on my own. Because my phone doesn't have a self timer installed in the camera, I opened a self timer camera app and then I was ready to go. You can also use the headphones on an iPhone as a remote trigger by pressing the volume with most camera apps!
One key to getting flattering self portraiture is to shoot from above. If the camera lens is above and pointed down at you, the angle is generally far more flattering to your face and body. The lollipod can be raised very high, but if you are tall and want the angle facing down at you (as the below shot), either sit down for the picture or raise the Lollipod up higher by setting it on a chair, step, hill, etc.
Another key to getting the photos you want is to use a mirror. For the below shots, I set the Lollipod up in front of a large mirror. I set the timer and then I could see the camera's reflection of the shot in the mirror. That way you know exactly how you look and if you are in the frame correctly.
You can switch up the orientation between horizontal and vertical with the Lollipod as well. Most of my pictures for outfit posts are vertical!
Another good tip for interesting self portraiture is to try different angles. Don't be afraid to lay down, jump, and try new things. The camera facing down is a good guideline, but it's not the rule. Try the camera at eye level too like this shot below.
Get close, get far away, try wide and close up shots!
There are no rules to self portraiture. Just keep trying new things!
As you can see it is VERY compact and can be clipped onto a camera bag, purse or backpack easily and because I always carry such a behemoth of a purse, I could fit it right inside. Since it is so light-weight, I definitely only reccommend it for phones, compact cameras, etc. It has SO many other uses so check out the website to see if the Lollipod would work for you!
Lollipod and iPhone grip provided by Lollipod.co.uk for the purpose of today's tips. All opinions and tips are completely my own.