After taking so many “super selfies” of audiences in my speeches and classes, I’ve received a growing number of requests for where and how to order the monopod and remote control needed to take a photo from a few feet above your head.
Here are some of my favorite “super selfie” tools, with direct links to make them easy to order from Amazon.com:
And to control your cellphone camera when it is a few feet above your head, you’ll need a device that enables you to click the shutter and take the photo from a distance. The best options are a blue tooth remote, which you mate to your phone, or a wired remote, that you just plugin, but can only use from as far as the cable allows.
Get a Monopod and a Remote Clicker
First you need a monopod (like a tripod but with only one leg) to hold your phone over your head. Then, to reach your camera when it is so far away, you’ll need a remote ‘clicker’ – you’ll find links to both on this page, and you can get everything you need for less than $20.
Bluetooth Wireless Remote Control
You can get controls for your smartphone with long cables or you can get the wireless version (which is my first choice).
This little wonder connects to your phone with bluetooth technology.
It’s fast and easy to set up, works from across the room, and fits in your pocket. All that for just $6.99. What’s not to love?
Order this lovely little remote clicker from Amazon by following this link. The official name is Camera Shutter Release and Self Timer and it works on the iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, HTC, Sony and other iOS Android Phones.
You’ll find a growing number of monopods from sturdy ones that extend a few feet, to lighter options that are smaller, but easier to carry.
The monopod featured in this image extends to nearly 48 inches (120 cms), is sturdy, and is designed to put a firm grip on your smartphone.
All that for $16. Order the monopod on Amazon at this link.
If you want a smaller monopod that’s easier to carry and costs only $6.20, follow this link to order this slightly more manageable monopod.
Wide-angle lenses for iPhones
To capture a very large audience, consider getting a wide-angle lens, or even a fisheye, like the one used to capture this image of the audience in the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the AdobeMax conference.
Order the Photojojo Wide Angle lens for $20 – it’s a little higher quality lens than the Docooler, but you only get one wide-angle lens (not a kit with multiple lenses). You attach the lens by sticking a magnetic strip to your phone that makes the lens stick on with a magnet.
Order the Docooler 4 in 1 Photo Lens Kit with Double Fish Eye, Macro, and Wide Angle Lenses and you get 4 lenses for just $11.
The Docooler is shown in the photo on the left It comes with a slide-on top cover that the lenses attach to. Just slide it over the phone and you’re ready to go, flip it around to use the different lenses.