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iOgrapher cases for video
Pre-holiday Gear
By Ko Maruyama
Every year, people take video of their holiday festivities. Now that they're shooting with mobile devices, it's important to get the right gear to make it look good. iOgrapher produces affordable film making gear for any videographer in any budget. Put it on your pre-holiday gift list. Click http://www.iographer.com/ and read this at the same time...

Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hannuka, Kwanza, Epiphany, or just a good winter reunion with friends and family, iOgrapher will help you get a better shot using your mobile devices.  The events that happen only once a year with all of your family and friends are too important to just wave a selfie stick at.  Professional grade gear is easy to use, affordable, and will ensure that your shots look as special as the people in them.

Many people are using mobile devices for more and more.  It has replaced video cameras.  It has been the only digital camera that some people have ever used.  iOgrapher not only makes the experience of shooting video (and photos) with your mobile device easier, the results of that photography is more enjoyable for your audience.

One of the iOgrapher's strengths is the fact that you can use different lenses on your mobile device.  Face it, mobile phones and tablets create better pictures than some of my old digital cameras, but their lenses are limited.  The iOgrapher comes with a lens that widens the device's field of view without much distortion.  If you like your mobile lens, you can take off the iOgrapher's lens and use the case without it.







The iOgrapher cases aren't just about attaching lenses to your mobile device to get better photos and videos.  Although it surely is a fantastic reason to get a case by itself, there are other features that you'll use sitting around the dinner table, getting the family together in a group shot, or taking pictures of kids opening up gifts.

iOgrapher iPad case comes with 3 cold shoes.  Good for a microphone, light and one to spare.

iOgrapher comes with cold shoes (little slots to put attachments).  On my iPad case, there are three slots to put anything with a standard photo shoe option.  It's a great place to put a light.  Sure, your iPhone may have a flash, but if you're filming something that requires additional light, this is a great place to put a camera light source. (Yes, iOgrapher sells an inexpensive rechargeable light that is good for your small holiday gathering).

If you plan to get some holiday well-wishers on camera, and ask them to say a few comments about "how amazing Grandma is", or talk about the "last time everyone was here together", the iOgrapher case can hold a microphone as well.  A shotgun style microphone can pick up the person you're trying to record without too much noise from the other relatives and party going on.

And for your holiday needs - a regular tripod attachment for your phone/iPad...  You don't need to know that it's a standard 1/4"-20 screw.  Just know that it's most likely going to fit the tripod you have for your old digital video camera that has been collecting dust for the last 5 years.


This option makes it great for shooting the group shot without asking your cousin-with-the-flip-phone to figure out how to make it work.  You can also use the tripod to set up a timelapse session to showcase how long it took to cook that holiday feast, or how long it took to put together that Christmas bicycle.

Get yourself an iOgrapher EVEN BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS.  You're going to want to start shooting everything with this once you see the difference a steady camera and smoother movements can mean to capturing your special moments with a mobile device.  At the time of this article, there's a sale at the iOgrapher site: http://www.iographer.com/


CASUAL USER QUICK REVIEW:

PROS:
  • Amazing improvement over control & stability when shooting.
  • Lenses allow for close photography that includes everyone (no stepping back 10 paces!) or
  • Telephoto lens that gives you a closer shot without using digital zoom.
  • Cold shoes allow for accessories to help make your video/audio better easily.
  • Allows you to use your mobile device with tripod
  • Affordable (on sale under $80 with two lenses)
  • Made in USA
CONS:
  • The lenses come in cloth bags that you'll have to store separately when not in use.
  • The iOgrapher case holds your device very securely.  It takes practice to get used to how to release it.
  • It doesn't fit every Apple or Android device.  Check the website to make sure of the fit.



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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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