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Taking Vacation Photography to the Next Level with Your iPhone with #JOBYAmbassadors Atort

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#JOBYAmbassadors and photographer Atort Photography shows you how to get the most out of your smartphone with his best five tips for vacation photography.

Aloha from the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii, where every day feels like a vacation! Depending on where you live, though, summer holidays are in FULL swing. With a month and a half left until Fall, some of you still have vacations to look forward to. If you’re like me, you’ll want to remember every epic moment. And if you’re like me and 99% of other smartphone users, you’ll use your phone to capture those moments. Why? It’s just so convenient!  You know what they say…the best camera is the one you have with you!  Using your smartphone as your camera allows you to reduce the amount you have to carry and pack – in addition to having it ready for those Instagram-worthy shots at a moment’s notice.

As a professional photographer, I’ve spent a lot of time shooting photos and video not just from my Nikon professional cameras, but also from my iPhone 7 plus. I’ve gotten SO good at it that one of my images was featured in the “Shot on iPhone 6” campaign! Since I’m both a local in Hawaii and a phone photography evangelist, I wanted to share a few tips with JOBY fans to help take your vacation smartphone photos to a new level. Here we go!

 

  1. Shoot video horizontally! There are a few things that people don’t tend to think about when capturing video footage, but they really should! No one watches vertical television, so shoot sideways with your phone! TVs aren’t vertical, so video shouldn’t be either.
  2. Stabilize your images or video. Nothing is more frustrating (or nauseating) than shaky video or blurry photos, so I highly recommend getting some tools to help you stabilize your shots. I use the JOBY GorillaPod Focus with BallHead X most of the time. This bendable tripod can be used with heftier cameras, but is also great for phones when you pair it with the GripTight Mount PRO Phone. A tripod like this has limitless possibilities, meaning you can get exactly the angle you want, stabilizing your video to give it a more professional look and feel. Need something smaller? Try the GripTight POV Kit for easy handheld videos, the Bluetooth remote even helps you get better selfies!
  3. Consider your angles. Looking for the perfect shot? Consider which angle you are using. While unique angles can make for great shots, some just don’t work. If you’re shooting with a visible horizon, you’ll want to make certain that it’s always level in your background. Something else you may want to try is using scenery to frame your shot. Try to frame your photo with some interesting detail, like a palm tree framing the right end of a beach shot. These little details can transform a shot from blah to beautiful. I am a BIG fan of extreme perspectives … see how low you can go and get ground level … or get creative and use a selfie stick and your remote to get your phone as high as humanly possible to see what you come up with!
  4. Edit. Once you have that amazing surfing footage, you may think you’re done, but trust me when I say that a little editing can go a long way. There are some great free and paid tools out there that are well worth the time and effort. If you’re looking to make waves for yourself with a travel vlog – editing is essential. My go-to tool for editing is VideoGrade, which isn’t free, but is well worth the money for simple color grading of videos. Splice is another great easy app that works well for trimming and editing down your video, in addition to adding musical soundtracks. For still shots, Snapseed is one of my go-to apps, it’s very reliable, powerful and. Even just cropping or adding a filter through the built-in tools in many applications (like Instagram or Facebook) can turn an ordinary image into something extraordinary. The more you hone this skill, the better your video and images will be.
  5. Be respectful. Travel photography should be a sustainable practice that doesn’t compromise the environment or subjects you are shooting. Make certain you are respecting the culture and the rules of any place that you are visiting, in addition to other travelers. Don’t get too close to wild animals and by all means – don’t touch them! When I take people out to photograph turtles in Hawaii, the most important thing I do is show them how to do this the right way, without impacting these beautiful ancient Hawaiian creatures or their habitats. No shot is worth endangering or harassing the subject in any way whatsoever. If you want your shakas and aloha to actually mean something in both your images and your heart, please have sincere respect for our land and the amazing creatures that inhabit Hawaii.

Smartphones are incredible in that they make photography more accessible to people who have never picked up a standalone camera. Now that you have this amazing tool at your fingertips, I hope you are able to capture all of life’s best moments, whether on vacation or at home. These are just a few suggestions, and I know many of you out there are also highly skilled, so feel free to add your best smartphone photography tips below.

Aloha and mahalo.

JOBY GripTight POV Kit Review Round-up

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The JOBY GripTight POV Kit reviews are in, and the community is discovering how useful it is in their daily vlogging, video creation, and photography.

The Impulse Bluetooth shutter, cold shoe adapter,  and added stabilization are all welcomed features and have been put to the test.

Check out these informative reviews and get a grip on your own!

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“The Joby Griptight POV kit is so much more than just a selfie stick. This portable smartphone mount has so many functions, despite its small size. Multiple viewing angles combined with a removable Bluetooth remote ensures that you will always capture the perfect picture.” Review from the AndriodGuys

“The GripTight Pov Kit is a great tool for new videographers, iPhone photographers, content creators, or weekend warriors. At only $49.99, it is well worth the investment and gives great value for the features and functionality that it provides.” Review from the Brotographer

 

 

 

The Perfect Tripod for your iPhone or Andriod

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You wanted a versatile GripTight Mount that could transition seamlessly from portrait to landscape, and that would fit any phone – from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 6 Plus, Motorola to Samsung or even for your phablet, with or without a case. We listened and our team created the new GripTight PRO to be a rugged mount that will give you professional results for your mobile photography or videography!

GripTight Mount PRO – Portrait or Landscape. You Decide.

Landscape or Portrait

The GripTight Mount PRO works with any best-selling phone with or without a case. We believe that you shouldn’t be limited in where you place your phone for the next killer shot, so the GripTight Mount PRO is compatible with any item equipped with a 1/4″-20 mount, including our GorillaPod Line and Action Series Accessories.  This upgraded GripTight is super rugged, compact, and versatile, with 90° rotation and 150° tilt – it makes getting the perfect shot easy!

GripTight GorillaPod Stand PRO – The adaptable, flexible, pro-quality mobile tripod

Everyone’s favorite tripod is transformed into an unstoppable force of mobile photo and video production when paired with the GripTight PRO. Position your phone just about anywhere and in any orientation to capture an epic selfie OR grab shake free video for FaceTime, Periscope, YouTube, or your vlog!

GripTight Bike Mount PRO – Mount any phone, with or without a case, to your bike’s handlebars with this lockable secure solution!

The GripTight Bike Mount PRO makes a solid, secure platform to use your favorite biking apps, from Strava to Spotify, your phone is now at your fingertips. This rugged, versatile mobile mount will fit most handlebars and rails with included spacers, and provides an extra mounting point for your lights, Garmin, or bike computer!

JOBY Instameet Birmingham AL #InstawalkBham

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BIRMINGHAM, AL –  From the photos submitted it was a Lego filled day on the JOBY sponsored Instameet. All of us at JOBY are jealous that we couldn’t come along on what looked like a very fun day at the Brickfair Lego Festival.

Thanks everyone for submitting photos; they all were great!

. . . and now for our TOP 3 pics.

 

TOP 3 Pics BIRMINGHAM #instawalkBham

_allisonjane Capturing the overall feel of the Instameet. So much concentration there! Makes me want to be a kid again if just for a day 🙂

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scotiagirl68 Nice framing and use of filters to create a pretty cool art piece. Digging how you focused the color on just one!

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wendleeme This shot really captures the scale of the the lego festival and more than anything has me thinking I need to start playing with legos again!

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Wants us to sponsor your Instameet? Tell us about your Instameet.

 

Thanks Birmingham!

See you all on the next JOBY sponsored Instameet:)

by :\ Zach S – JOBY Social Butterfly w a Camera

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GripTight Winners from #instameetinstanbul!

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Last weekend, our friends @gseymas and @tanergungor hosted their first Instameet in Instanbul, Turkey!  Instagrammers showed up to hang out, meet new friends and make awesome photos. We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #instameetinstanbul!

By @cuytherock

By @cuytherock

By @mikhailbakunin

By @mikhailbakunin

By @umitko

By @umitko

Hosting an Instameet in your area? We want to be a part of it! Contact @jobyinc on Instagram and let us know more!

 

GripTight Winners from #balboaparkinstameet!

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Last weekend, our friends @mattderinger_ud, @victoriafletcher7 and @mapoftheearth hosted an Instameet at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.  Instagrammers showed up to hang out, meet new friends and make awesome photos. We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #balboaparkinstameet!

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By @anurag4uin

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By @comet_dust

By @arenita003

By @arenita003

Hosting an Instameet in your area? We want to be a part of it! Contact @jobyinc on Instagram and let us know more!

 

Instameet Winners for #crescentbay_meet

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Last weekend, our friends @brianmichael_ and @laughing_octopus hosted an Instameet in Orange County. Over 40 Instagrammers showed up to hang out and make awesome photos.  We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #crescentbay_meet!

jpeg-2Photo by @known0thing

jpeg-1Photo by @chercapo

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Photo by @its_pending

 

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