If you’ve visted my blog before you’ll most likely know that I love taking photos, mostly of my family and our everyday life.
For the most part I take photos with my ‘proper’ camera because I love the control it gives me to get the image I want. But, saying that, I am also a big believer in the quote, “the best camera is the one you have with you”, which is very often the one on my phone.
I think I just got out of the habit of taking photos on my phone after I cracked the screen and lens on my old one which basically rendered the camera useless.
Now I have a new phone though, I really want to get in the habit of taking more photos with it, and so I was really pleased when Mpow gave me the chance to test out some of their equipment.
I never thought I’d be a selfie-stick kind of person but I really love it! I’m really quite passionate about us parents getting in more photos with our kids and a selfie-stick makes doing it so much easier, and a lot more fun than trying to cram into a normal selfie together.
The stick itself is really quite compact when you first get it out of the box, which is great as it means it wouldn’t be too awkward to pop in your bag if you want to take it out and about with you. All you have to do is flip the phone holder round, put your phone in, tighten the clamp at the angle you want it and then extend the arm. It took me a minute to position my phone in the holder just right, because the power button is on the side of my phone and was the holder was pressing on it when I first tried! But once I’d sussed that it out was all good!
The selfie stick connects with your phone via bluetooth and this was really easy to set up by following the instructions on the box. Then it was just a case of having a play.
Nerys was really intrigued by the selfie stick and loved posing for photos with me using it. Next up is to have a go at getting all 4 of us in a photo together using it, which I think will be a lot of fun, although I’ll have to get over the thought of us being ‘that family’ if we do it out in public! I do really like the stick though, it’s easy to use, nice and compact and just a really great way to avoid that crammed in feeling you normally get when you take selfies on your phone.
Next up for exploring was the 3-in-1 lens kit. Now, I was really excited to give these a go.
As a photographer I love the way the lens you use can completely change the image that you create, so I was really looking forward to seeing how effective these little lenses would be. And I have to admit I was really impressed.
I took the lens kit with us to the park to test it out and you can see in this set of photos the difference the lenses make.
The top photo is with no added lens, the middle one is with the wide angle and the bottom one is with the fish eye, and you can really see how much the lenses change the look of the photos.
The weather’s not been that cooperative recently (that’s summer in Wales for you!), but I’m really looking forward to another nice, dry day when I can take these lenses out for another spin. You have to be careful to get the lens in just the right spot over the phone’s existing lens, to really get the photos spot on, so I’m excited to have another good go with them to really get the best out of them.
What I am really pleased with though, is the result of my playing around with the macro lens.
Now, I have to admit, this one took me a few minutes to figure out as there were no instructions with it. I attached the lens to the camera and the image was just really, really blurry. I couldn’t seem to get it to focus at all. Until I held the phone right up close to the object I wanted to photograph, like, practically-touching-it-close, and hey presto! A gorgeous, close up shot.
Once I’d figured out that this was how it worked then I was away. I went out into the garden to find a flower to practice on and this was the result.
For a photo taken with a phone, I’m really impressed! I absolutely love the depth of field this lens produced and can see me having so much fun experimenting with it.
I would highly recommend both the 3-in-1 lens kit and the selfie stick, for both those who take most of their photos on their phone and who want to experiment and push the limits of what their phone can do and for those who, like me, tend to take most of their photos on their big camera and who want to have more creativity with their phone when that’s the camera that they have with them.
Keep an eye on my instagram for the results of my future efforts with these bits of kit!