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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.

How To Use Your GorillaPod & iPad Together!

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We get asked all the time how you can use your GorillaPod with your iPad, iPad Mini, or Galaxy tablet. Well, our friends at Tether Tools have a great solution for attaching just about any any 1/4-20″-mounted accessory—like all of our GorillaPods—to your tablet. Using the Wallee iPad/Tablet Case and a Tether Tools Connect Lite you can add GorillaPod legs to your tablet. Now you can achieve your ultimate viewing angle, whether that’s reading a book, watching movies, surfing the internet or checking emails.

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GorillaPod Hybrid with iPad Mini, Wallee Case and Tether Tools Connect Lite

The GorillaPod’s flexible legs allow you to adjust the position of your tablet for a comfortable resting position across your body while reclining, in your lap for comfortable viewing while seated, or even wrap the legs around the arm of a chair or wheelchair. The Wallee Case provides a secure fit without getting in the way of key features for all iPad models and Galaxy 10.1 Tablets. The Tether Tools Connect Lite connects case and Pod, and because you can mount any 1/4-20″ accessory to it, it is a super versatile, modular solution. Because the Tether Tools Connect Lite is 1/4-20″ screw compatible, you could even use your JOBY camera strap with your iPad if you wanted to give you GorillaPod a rest!

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GorillaPod Hybrid with iPad Mini, Wallee Case and Tether Tools Connect Lite

JOBY and Tether Tools products combine to give you  the ultimate flexibility to use your iPad or Galaxy Tablet anywhere! So if you want to use your GorillaPod with your iPad, iPad Mini or Galaxy Tablet, check out the Wallee Case and Tether Tools Connect Lite.

Galileo: Your iOS in Motion

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The founder of JOBY and original brain behind our famous GorillaPod has started a new venture—Motrr. JoeBen Bevirt along with JOBY Alum Josh Guyot have come up with a revolutionary new design that fuses robots, photography and your iPhone. It’s called Galileo.

The Galileo is a revolutionary, iOS-controlled robotic iPhone platform with infinite spherical rotation capability. Just swipe your finger on the screen of your iPad or other iOS device and Galileo reacts, orienting your iPhone or iPod Touch accordingly.  With applications in areas of photography, cinematography, social networking and video conferencing, Galileo gives iOS devices endless possibilities of remote-controlled motion. Capable of infinite 360° pan-and-tilt at speeds up to 200° per second in any orientation, Galileo is an invaluable tool to everyone from an amateur photographer to the professional cinematographer, and vastly improves the experience of video chat for anyone needing to stay connected.

 

 

If you’re interested in supporting the project, check out their Kickstarter campaign and get in on the ground level.

 

Almost Analog—iPhone Apps that Mimic Analog Effects

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I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t one of those people that gushes about the certain quality of analog photography—the warmth, the authenticity, the nostalgia. I’d also be a liar if I claimed to shoot more film than I do digital pictures. I love the look and feel of analog, but adore the ease of digital photography. Well, it turns out lots of other people feel the same way I do and those people know how to code. Here is a selection of some of our favorite almost-analog iPhone apps.

NoFinder ($0.99): Put all the guess work back into photography with this app. There is no preview, no focus and no flash. What fun! Plus, you can shoot in three different aspect ratios with a variety of different film types and lenses. NoFinder has quickly become my new favorite camera app. It just feels so gloriously Robert Frank.

ShakeItPhoto ($1.99): With this nifty app you take a photo and up pops a Polariod. You can even shake it to make it develop faster. Simple and totally satisfying.

Instagram (free): Multiple photo filters, plus a fabulous community of photographers. There is no reason not to love Instagram.

Incredibooth ($0.99, with additional booths for $0.99): It’s a photo booth right in your pocket! The app shoots four photos in quick succession and you end up with the classic photo booth film strip.

Hipstamatic ($1.99, plus additional film packs for $0.99): Yeah, yeah, Hispstamatic is old news. Regardless, it is still a fun app with lots of analog love to offer. You can swap film, lenses and flashes to get that perfectly imperfect look you’re after. I was really interested in this discussion about the role of photo apps like Hipstamatic in photojournalism, and how their effects impact the fidelity of the story the photos tell.

Photo 55 ($0.99): This app mimics Type 55 4×5 sheet film and produces a black and white  image with the iconic border of the original film. Another very simple but very neat one.

Dotti (free): It’s a disposable camera for your iPhone. Snap 12 photos to fill the roll and get real 4×6 prints delivered to your door for just $4.99 ($5.99 International). Don’t worry, the photos also save to your camera roll. You get the best of both worlds! Once you’ve snapped 12, Dotti loads up another roll.

What are your favorite analog-esque iPhone camera apps? Share your favorite apps and corresponding photos on our Facebook page or in the comments below.

 

How to Effectively Organize Images on Your iPhone or iPad

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This month on the JOBY Blog, we’re all about iPhoneography. We think phonography is totally rad—three cheers for creative expression on the go! Plus, nothing beats a lightweight and decent camera that you always have with you.  We put our heads together with some other phone photography experts to bring you tips and tricks, awesome apps, video tutorials, and maybe even a contest or two. Stay tuned!

If you are like me, then your iPhone camera roll is a mess. Maybe it looks a little something like this …

 

… for miles and miles. And, whenever you want to share a photo with a friend, you have to scroll through thousands of photos searching for the right image. Maybe you find it, maybe you don’t.

Well lucky for you and I, Carlos Arrieta is here to make our lives easier! Carlos is a San Francisco-based photographer and photography instructor at RayKo Photo Center and in this video he shares how to easily and effectively organize images on our iPhone or iPad. With these tips and tricks, your messy photo stream will be gone forever! Watch the video below for instructions.

 

If you cannot see the video embed, you can watch the video on Vimeo here.

If you’re also based in the Bay Area and interested in learning more from Carlos or the other instructors at RayKo Photo Center, please visit RayKo’s website or follow them on Facebook.

JOBY set to innovate GorillaMobile along with Apple’s iPad 2

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Today, as many of you most likely know, Apple announced their newest version of the iPad. Armed with a front- and back-facing camera, faster speeds and multi-tasking features all in a thinner package, the iPad 2 is poised to be the must-have device for reading, cooking, gaming and picture-taking. So, what’s JOBY planning to do about it?

We are thrilled! JOBY purposely created the GorillaMobile Ori and Yogi for iPad to serve as platforms for the iPad as Apple continues to improve on its masterpiece. Plus, with the added camera, the positioning and stabilization that Ori and Yogi offer become even more important for capturing images or communicating with loved ones.

Following on the enormous success launch of the GorillaMobile Ori and Yogi at CES, we are ready to kick it up a notch to enhance the improvements on the iPad 2. The versatility of the Yogi will enable the same sort of electronic acrobatics you have come to expect from a JOBY product. With flexible and bendable legs that attach to any height, the GorillaMobile Yogi will make picture taking from extreme angles a breeze, plus with amazing ability to adapt to uneven surfaces, the Yogi will take the improved memory of the iPad 2 to the next level allowing for lazy Sundays filled with music, video watching, magazine devouring and food creating hours.

For the Mobile Pro, the sleek, ergonomic protection of the Ori will protect the iPad on-the-go and fold into exactly the right angle for any activity you may want from your iPad including maximizing your next conference call with the front-facing camera and Skype. The Ori is constructed from a super strong, German-made, aluminum and polypropylene composite which provides the case with lightweight yet rigid stability so that it can achieve 15 inches of extended ergonomic positioning in viewing modes. Precise positioning and stabilization, something JOBY knows a thing or two about, are even more compelling features when using cameras for photo-taking, video recording and video calling.

Keep your eyes peeled- the next generation of GorillaMobile Ori and GorillaMobile Yogi for iPad will be available for purchase at select retail locations in June of this year.