I’m on a mission to shoot more video with my iPhone this year and I’ve got a new accessory that’s helping me accomplish that goal. It’s the S1 Smartphone Rig by Shoulderpod ($34.90) and it’s helping me make better mobile movies.
This device is simultaneously capable of tackling two of the biggest problems with mobile video making: unsteady shots and the lack of a tripod mount.
Yesterday was the first day I took the S1 out in the wild for some testing and I have to say I was really taken with the little accessory. While it has three modes (tripod mount, filmmaker grip and travel stand) I mostly only care about one feature: the filmmaker grip.
Essentially the filmmaker grip acts as a stabilizer—and, obviously, makes holding the phone a bit easier and less awkward while filming. Out of the box the kit comes with three parts: an adjustable grip, a grip extension and a wrist strap. All put-together it’s a compact, but sturdy, setup that doesn’t have a cheap feel like so many, well, cheaper iPhone camera accessories.
I found that the filmmaker grip does make shooting video better. I really like the way it fits into my hand. By mounting the iPhone with the home button nearest your hand, it’s easy to open the camera using the lock screen swiping shortcut, navigate ...