April 29, 2019 3 min read
The photography world of smartphones is slowly catching up to that of the professional grade DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and subsequently, Instagram has become one of the highest performing platforms to dominate the space of creating and sharing media content. So it’s no surprise that many photographers, both professionals and amateurs alike, are turning their attention away from bulky studio setups and leaning towards their own everyday mobile devices as a primary source of image capturing.
Now of course, modern day smartphones produce breathtaking imagery all on their own, but with that kind of pixel power in everyone’s hands, you’ve got to find a means for your Instagram content to rise above all the rest. With your smartphone, and a few additional modifications, you can give your content that extra special touch, and make your followers ponder whether DSLR photography is a thing of the past. Here are 3 essential tools to make the most out of your Instafeed.
Like any simple photography setup, the minimum you’re going to need consists of these 3 essentials – a lens, a tripod, and a lighting attachment.
Don’t get me wrong, your smartphone’s lens is already pretty astounding considering its size and capability, but Moment offers an array of extra-spectacular lens add-ons that can bring your photos to another level of clarity, color, and crispness. Whatever lens best suits your content, from wide angle to macro to super fish eye to anamorphic lenses, these bite-sized beauties can make some serious photo magic, and all for under $200. Each of these lenses comes with individual specs, but a solid foundational lens to start off with is the Tele 58mm Lens. When mounted to a smartphone, it adapts to be just a regular 58mm lens. However, with that telephoto crispness for longer focal ranges, it works wonders for portrait photography.
Moment even offers a wide variety of additional filters you can add to their lenses, though these lenses themselves are clearly worthy to go #nofilter.
The Movo MV-T1 Aluminum Alloy Tabletop Tripod is the all-around easy-to-use tripod setup – easy to handle, adjust, transport, and adapt for various device additions (Smartphones, DSLRs, GoPros, etc). The MV-T1 has a height range of 3-16 inches with its extendable pole, and features adjustable tripod legs, and a mini swivel ball head for perfecting your Insta-angles – and at just over half a pound in weight, it can easily double as a makeshift selfie stick. It can hold up to 11 pounds, rain or shine, with reliable balance and control, and offers a quick and convenient break down into its included compact carrying case.
For one reason or another, be it environment, time of day, or a moving subject, many of your Insta-shots may need some light support – luminous support, that is – and with the help of Moment’s Lume Cube, you’ve got yourself a versatile backup light source the smaller than a fidget spinner. That’s 1,500 Lumens in your back pocket (literally). Deemed “the World’s Most Versatile Light”, the Lume Cube is a smartphone photographer or videographer’s dream when it comes to performance and capability, featuring wireless control through its adjacent app, adjustable light level between 0 and 100, balanced color temperature, USB charge, a tripod mount, and waterproof ability up to 100 feet!
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think I was describing my GoPro with all of these capabilities. But seriously, this little gem of a light cube is a powerhouse for a decent $80, and can make the difference between night and day in your social media photos.
The list of smartphone add-ons can go on, and on, and on, depending on your desired quality and content, but to keep it simple you’ve got to start with the basics and see the results for yourself. Having the right tools for the job is more than half the battle, so hopefully these tips can influence you in the right direction to snap those selfies, capture those sprawling cityscapes and perfect those pet photos for all of your followers to enjoy. #blessed.