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SideKick360 Review: Finally... a Flexible, Secure Mount for My iPhone

  by Jeff Picoult       Category Reviews, Macro Photography, Featured Photographer, What's In My Bag       Tags SideKick360 Review, Smartphone adapter Review, Macro photography, flower photography, Iphone adapter, iPhoneographer, Iphonography

I have always believed in the saying, "The best camera is the one that you have with you." - Jeff

360° ball joint makes switching from horizontal to vertical quick and easy. Locks in any position!

360° ball joint makes switching from horizontal to vertical quick and easy. Locks in any position!

Since the release of the iPhone 4, my favorite camera has been my iPhone. Whether it was the iPhone 4 or, more recently, the iPhone 5, I always have my favorite camera with me. Don't get me wrong, I love my DSLRs and super-telephoto lenses and I don't like to be without my Leica for landscapes and portraits. However, the iPhone fits right into my pocket and, just like my wallet and car keys, I never leave home without it.

With that said, there was one thing I'd wished for many times. A tripod mount for my iPhone. But not just any mount. I wanted one that was flexible enough to allow me to turn my iPhone from landscape to portrait quickly and without much fuss. I also wanted to be able to leave my favorite case on my iPhone whenever possible. Why should I have to remove my case, and risk damaging my phone, just to put the phone onto a tripod?

So why exactly would I want a tripod mount for my iPhone anyway? Easy! Macro photography and time-lapse photography. Both take a steady hand or, better yet, a tripod mount. I'd searched around for tripod mounts for my iPhones before, but never found anything that I liked. Most of them required the case to be removed or numerous adjustments to transition from landscape to portrait and back again. That is just far too time consuming when seconds can mean the difference between the right light and a good shot or missing the shot because you were fumbling around with the tripod.

Clamp adjusts to fit phones from 58mm-73mm.

Clamp adjusts to fit phones from 58mm-73mm.

Enter the SideKick360 Smartphone adapter. One knob twist lets you easily adjust from landscape to portrait with another simple twist to tighten things back down again. Another set of knobs allows you to safely tighten the mount onto your smartphone of choice. The clamping mechanism is nice and soft allowing you to use your smartphone without a case for those times when the case must be removed. This is most common when using macro lens attachments that do not work with your favorite case still protecting the phone. The SideKick360 locks into quick-release mounts quickly and securely with the included Arca-Swiss style base. Or, you can thread the SideKick360 directly onto your choice of 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 mounts.

As a photographer who takes his profession seriously enough to consider each and every little purchase I can say, without a doubt, that this is the answer that I've been looking for to all of my questions about how to mount my iPhone safely, securely, and quickly to any tripod. Whether I'm using one of those nifty twisty-leg tripods that you can mount to just about anything, or a tripod capable of holding a DSLR along with a battery pack and 400mm lens, or my favorite tripod of all which is my green MeFOTO BackPacker, the SideKick360 fits perfectly. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that if you're lucky enough to own a MeFOTO tripod, you can color match your SideKick360 to match or change it up and get a new SideKick360 in a nice complementary color.

Jackie Poutasse's Sunbather: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Macro Photography, nature photography       Tags Macro photography, MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFOTO SideKick360

Cameras and traveling go hand-in-hand. It's easy to be inspired while exploring a completely new place. The familiar though, we often overlook in our busy day-to-day lives. Take a moment. Look closer. Those places we pass everyday but rarely really "see" can offer outstanding photo opportunities.

Jackie Poutasse, this week's SideKick360 Giveaway Winner, struck gold exploring just such a familiar place:

"I was poking around the backyard looking for things to photograph with my macro lens and I noticed an interesting leaf with a hole in it. While I was on the ground composing the shot of the hole in the leaf, this fly landed in the photo. Usually, I am chasing flying insects around for a good shot, but this guy was happy to pose for half dozen or so very close photographs before moving on." - Jackie

Connect with Jackie on Instagram: @bodaciousbread

Adam Surges' Sunny Heart: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Macro Photography, nature photography       Tags Macro photography, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO Giveaway, giveaway, Olloclip

Insect eyes, mineral crystals, rain drops - who doesn't love a peek into the miniature worlds that surround us? Macro photography puts us up close and personal with wonders we might otherwise miss. Happily, the advent of digital photography has made macro accessible to virtually all photographers. With an inexpensive Olloclip, I can even shoot macro with my IPhone!

Still, capturing a great macro image is not without it's challenges. Shooting close to your subject means a very narrow area will be clearly in focus (a shallow depth-of field). Compensate for this by closing the aperture to its smallest setting and now you will need more light to get a good exposure. And that's just one consideration. Creating a really satisfying image is often a dance of give and take.

Adam Surges, BackPacker Giveaway winner for 2/7/14, shares his process for creating this winning shot:

"This shot was taken with my Nikon D40 and the kit 18-55mm lens. I had my lens zoomed in to 55mm with the focus manually set to the minimum focusing distance and moved my camera as close as I could to the tulip I was photographing. I had a flash set up just above the flower that I remotely triggered to light up the flower. Because I was so close, I was shooting at f/22 so I would have enough depth of field to get everything in focus." - Adam


Want to try your hand at Macro Photography? Looking for a few tips to get you started? Try these:

Point and Shoot





Allyson Osborne's Once a Rose: MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Travel Photography, Macro Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Macro photography, flowers, Instagram giveaway, MeFOTO Backpacker

Allyson Osborn, 12/6/13's BackPacker Giveaway Winner, is a Digital Photography Major at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, OH. "Once a Rose" is part of her final project for a class she's taking designed to help students become more efficient as well as develop an artistic eye. She is currently studying the photographic style of Group f/64 and would highly recommend The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum to photo enthusiasts looking to make a personal statement with their work.

This winning image was captured at Inniswood Metro Gardens, a 121-acre scenic nature preserve in Westerville, OH featuring more than 2,000 species of plants, specialty collections and themed gardens. 

"I was inspired by all the decaying flowers and other plant life to show the beauty in their demise. It's sad to see the summer fully gone, but exciting to start this new season." - Allyson

Taken with a Nikon D5100 &Nikon 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens.

Taken with a Nikon D5100 &Nikon 105mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Lens.