A large percentage of videos uploaded online these days, are now being shot through phone cameras. So, it only makes sense to be able to make them look as professional as possible. In a previous post, we talked about how Time Magazine shot an entire spread using only an iPhone. And those images turned out to be incredible. So this is very possible. And what makes it even more possible are things like Shoulderpod’s series of phone/camera rigs. They work beautifully to not only give you a stable shooting platform, but also to allow you to connect various peripherals to your shooting device.
Shoulderpod makes a variety of shooting rigs and the X1 is by far the most stable and accommodating of them all. With a completely modular set-up, that fits into the smallest of carrying cases, the X1 can be assembled in a configuration that suits you the best. Its vice-grip works with pretty much any phone or even camera, like the GoPro or Sony’s recently launched RXO. The X1 also lets you mount everything else from mini light panels, viewfinders, to even microphones… and the entire set-up can be carried by hand (in a single or double handle configuration) or even mounted to a tripod for perhaps the most professionally shot mobile phone videos. What’s best is that once you’re done, the X1 dismantles completely, fitting into a slick case that slides right into any bag you may have.
How does it work?
Hold your phone securely using the adjustable grip.
- The X1 kit includes our standard G1 grip. An adjustable clamp for holding virtually any smartphone model with or without a case. The G1 is the most professional solution for holding your mobile device securely thanks to its thumbscrew mechanism and wide rubber pads
Set up your rig and add different accessories to your smartphone camera
- Add a microphone, light, an action camera or an extra battery to your mobile device. Use the included plate, knobs, coldshoe, handles and wrist strap for building up your own setup and expand the possibilities of your smartphone camera.
Mount Your Tripod
Switch to tripod mode easily whenever you need to.
- All parts include a standard 1/4″-20 thread, so you can mount your final setup on any tripod or rig at anytime. No tools required.
There are so many incredible things we can do with a simple smartphone these days. And it’s accessories like the Shoulderpod that give you the ability to take even more amazing photos. Almost all of us carry a smartphone around with us. But if you’re a photographer, having additional tools will make your job that much easier. All of these accessories can easily be stored in your bag for easy access when you’re trying to take some pictures or movies. I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it, but it’s truly amazing what kinds of things we can do with our smartphones. They make our lives easier, and even help with work from time to time.