Selfie-Stick? No! Use HandlePod Instead

Selfie-sticks are everywhere. But do you really need to wave around a five-foot cudgel topped with a camera phone to take your picture? Many people resent dodging selfie-sticks in crowded places and selfie-stick hate blogs proliferate on the web. Disneyland has banned them as have many other travel destinations.

But the selfie-stick serves two useful purposes—it provides separation between you and the camera to include more people and background, and it gets your hand away from the camera so your fingers and arm don’t intrude into the picture. So what’s the alternative when you want to be in the shot but don’t want to be one of those self-absorbed types waving a “narcisstick”.

Use HandlePod For Selfies and More

HandlePod selfie stick

HandlePod used as a selfie-stick for self portraits.

HandlePod provides a reasonable alternative that doesn’t scream narcissist. And it doesn’t look like a selfie-stick so using it in forbidden venues would probably not attract attention. True, it doesn’t provide the separation of a five-foot selfie-stick. But it adds nearly a foot which makes a difference.

More importantly, it gets your hand and arm away from the camera so that the photo is not obviously a hand held selfie. All that’s needed is a smartphone tripod adapter and a remote.

 

Use a Bluetooth Shutter Release

Bluetooth shutter release

Bluetooth remote shutter release.

Selfie-sticks have a built-in wired or Bluetooth remote camera trigger. This is an essential tool that can easily be added for use with the HandlePod.

A Bluetooth wireless remote shutter release is tiny and pairs easily with iPhone or Android. It will fire the shutter from thirty or more feet away. And it’s inexpensive. Amazon sells a Bluetooth remote shutter release for less than three dollars.

In addition to holding it by hand you can place the HandlePod on a table or any flat surface. Or you can attach it to poles or other objects with the elastic cord. You are no longer limited by the length of your arm. You can put the HandlePod on anything and turn a selfie into a self portrait.

HandlePod opens up many more opportunities than a simple camera on a stick. A selfie is just one possibility among the many other things it will do.

 

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