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The Top 5 Accessories For Shooting Video On Your iPhone

We have one of the most powerful tools of today’s world in our pocket.

The smartphone.

We can call, text, update statuses, tweet, snap photos, snapchat and even shoot amazingly high-quality video. The new standard? 4K and we can do it from our pocket.

A lot of people ask me, how can I shoot video that looks good on my smartphone? Great question and one that is completely warranted given the price of these devices. There are five accessories I particularly recommend to people who want to start shooting video with their smartphone and rather than field off question after question, I thought I’d share it on Top 5 Monday.

So here are the top 5 accessories for shooting video on your iPhone. Watch the video, then come back and read some more on each of the accessories.

I’m going to list the accessories below in the order that I would purchase them. Meaning, if you’ve got a limited budget, buy number one followed by two and so on. So let’s get into it.

 

1. GorillaPod

I love my Gorillapods. I have both the SLR Zoom and Focus. I use the Focus for my DSLR and the Zoom for my smartphone or GoPro. Both serve a purpose and both are incredibly important should you want to start shooting professional looking video. Let me explain why.

When you’re shooting video, having a stable shot is incredibly important. It provides a stable platform for the camera meaning that you won’t have any shaking in the picture. Last thing you want is for the footage to look like you’re shaking a cocktail at the same time.

 

2. The Rode SmartLav+

Audio will make or break your video. Why do you think Hollywood spends so much money on the musical score for films?

Sure we’re not creating Hollywood blockbusters but all the same, we want to give the audience a memorable experience. Having audio free from background noise, that doesn’t sound like you’re shouting into tin can and that is loud enough that we can hear and understand what you’re saying should be your main priority.

Having background music is fine but we don’t want it to drown out the message. The Rode Smartlav+ is a lav (clips onto the collar or neck of your shirt) mic that will instantly increase the quality of your video’s audio. This sexy little device plugs straight into your smartphone and paired with the Rode App (for iPhone) makes the perfect starting point for professional sounding audio.

 

3. Olloclip Lens

I picked this little gem up from the Apple store a while back.

As the name suggests, it clips onto the top of your iPhone and transforms your camera into a wide angle, fish eye, macro 15x or 10x. This lens attachment is perfect for the smartphone shooter as when in video mode, the iPhone camera crops the image. This means it zooms in a little more than if it was in camera mode.

Go on, give it a try. You’ll see what I am talking about.

This lens is the perfect accompaniment to the Gorillapod. You now can sit relatively close to the camera and be in the shot. If you intend on doing interviews or maybe having two people in the video, this lens will widen the shot perfectly.

 

4. Tripod Smartphone Mount

This item should really be paired with the Gorillapod because without it, the Gorillapod seems useless.

There is not much to say about this item except that you need it and with it costing less than a coffee, it’s a no-brainer.

 

5. iMovie App

This app is a great resource if, like I said in the video, you’re going to be shooting things on the fly and want to get them out really quickly. While it is not as powerful as the pro editing suites like Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro, it still has enough power to pull together simple edits.

I’ve used this app a few times to pull together footage for Instagram and Twitter.

If you really want to supercharge your mobile movie creation, pair this app with the lightning to USB cable and download the footage from another camera (like a GoPro).

There is nothing much more to say about this app. It’s very straight forward to edit and publish content which can then be shared to Facebook or YouTube.


To make great looking video you don’t need to own a professional grade camera. Your iPhone will do a great job. The above top 5 accessories for shooting video on your iPhone are those according to me. I’ve used these tools, I’ve shot hours upon hours of video using these exact tools so I know they work.

If you’d like to surround yourself with people who are creating awesome stuff using some of these tools then join my Facebook group, The Success Army. The Army is full of creators who are looking to leverage the power of video in their business to build trust and authority in their niche.

*Some links on this page are affiliate links. This means, if you make a purchase of the recommended product, I’ll earn a small commission at no cost to you.

 

This article has been republished with permission, and originally appeared on http://jamestew.me/.

 

James Tew

Founder & Host at James Tew
James is a dad of four daughters who, when not playing dress ups, helps entrepreneurs and professionals build trust and authority through video. He focuses on three key areas; building the confidence to be on camera, removing the overwhelm when it comes to the tech and how to produce content that builds authority in your niche. As a regular contributor to Entrepreneur.com, James' videos are seen by thousands of entrepreneurs and professionals every week. His YouTube channel, jamestew.me/youtube is where you'll find all of his latest content.

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