THE MUST-HAVE ACCESSORIES
You will need more than your phone cover to shoot high-end video
1 TRIPOD AND SLIDERS: Holding a small and lightweight smartphone still can be tricky. To avoid blurs and shaky videos, place the phone on a tripod. You can easily find tripods in the market that are specially designed for phones.
Mobislyder: Meant for both Android and iphones, this is the among the world’s first portable sliders. This ultraportable compact slider holds the phone tightly and allows one to create captivating cinematic videos. $135 Grif by Studio Neat: Those who have a tripod and still can’t mount the iphone 4 should consider getting a Grif. This is a simple tripod mount made of rubberised plastic that can also be used as a tablet top stand for the phone. $20 Gorilla Mobile from Joby: Gorillapods from Joby are among the most flexible tripods available in the market. The company has introduced a wide range of Gorilla Mobile tripods for iphone and regular handheld devices that allow you to attach a camera phone almost anywhere. $14.95
2 AUDIO: Unless you are a Theartist fan and want to shoot a silent film, embedded microphones in the smartphones will do you no good. “Using a clip-on microphone that can be attached to the actors’ clothes will mostly do the trick,” says Aneesh Bhasin, an independent photographer who used his iphone 4 to create some time-lapse videos.
3 BATTERY: Another issue that crops up while shooting videos is the battery. Always ensure that the phone has a full charge or carry a portable charger that you can plug in on the go to power-up your smartphone.
4 STORAGE: HD videos consume a lot of space. So ensure you have enough memory in your smartphone. If short on memory, stop shooting and transfer the videos to the laptop.
5 SD CARD READER: We all have struggled a little while transferring data from the iphone. Now, the camera connector kit for IOS, priced at 1,790 takes away this pain, as you can ` simply plug and connect the iphone to the card reader and your iphone is a tamed animal, transferring data at simple commands.
6 FLASH LIGHT: An additional flash for the phone is easily available in the market. Priced between $10 and $50, you can choose the flash light suited to your requirements. iflash LED flash can be either attached at the bottom of the iphone or individually used in a torch mode. Price: $13
7 APPS: If your are unhappy with the limited features and video options in your smartphone, consider downloading movie making apps. iphone users can download Filmic Pro from Cinegenix for just $3.99. It will offer three separate shooting modes, four selectable resolutions, 26 different variable frame rates, audio monitoring levels, stereo recording support and much more.
8 ADDITIONAL LENSES: Looking to capture videos beyond the boundaries of the digital zoom in your camera? Don’t worry; here are a few options for detachable lenses for your smartphones.
OWLE Bubo: This is a solid aluminium iphone camera mount that not only stabilises the grip but also adds an interchangeable 37mm wide angle macro lens, four tripod mount points, a microphone and an accessory mount. Available for iphone 3GS, iphone 4 and ipod Touch, prices start $160. Kogeto Dot: A snap-on accessory that can be used for capturing 360 degree panoramic video from iphone 4/4S. This accessory is accompanied by a free application downloadable from itunes App Store. The Dot also comes in black, green, pink and red colour. Price: $79 Photojojo lens: Available for iphone, Android and other phones, Photojojo offers three special lenses including a fisheye, macro/wide angle and a 2x telephoto lens. These use magnetic rings to match with the camera’s built-in lens but has to be handled with care. Price: $49