February 9, 2012

6 iPhone accessories to jazz up your mobile photos

A fish-eye lens attachment for the iPhone.

How to build an iPhone-ready DIY photo/video studio for under $200

Target audience: Photographers (amateur and professional), nonprofits, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, cause organizations, businesses, Web publishers, educators, journalists, agencies, general public.

Shonali BurkeIsaw a post from Chris Brogan a while back, talking about how it’s OK to not be an expert and, in fact, we shouldn’t wait until we’re experts at something to do it.

Sounds right to me. I never trained in public relations, much less social media, and my background is in economics and drama, but I think I’m doing OK. To me, non-experts doing things very well is one of the beauties not just of our profession but a gift that the social Web has given to us.

After all, you don’t have to be an expert to blog well, to excel at online marketing, to take great photos or videos, right? I don’t know about you, but I’m drawn more to the “non-expert” versions of these things because they have a realness to them that a lot of “expert” content doesn’t.

Being a non-expert at much of this stuff, I recently got a bee in my bonnet about finding a way to build my own, iPhone-ready DIY photo/video studio, that would let me create not great but good enough visual/multimedia content. (Project 366 is proving to be great testing ground for this.)

After a month or so of trial and error, finally all the pieces have fallen into place. And I did this on a total budget of less than $200, excluding taxes and shipping. Here’s how you can, too, with six terrific iPhone accessories that will give you a mobile “good enough” photo/video studio. Budget-conscious nonprofits and organizations who send staffers out into the field, pay attention.

Olloclip 3-in-1 lens

1The Olloclip 3-in-1 lens ($69.99) is a very cool little gizmo. It’s a fisheye, wide-angle and macro lens all in one. It clips onto your iPhone and gives you the ability to take some really neat photos.

For example, the photo below was taken during my personal training session the other day; I got Grant Hill to be my guinea pig, heh! Here’s the shot I took using the regular iPhone camera/lens: Continue reading