3 Ways Improve Your Smartphone Photography

A tripod or “selfie stick” can help you capture professional-quality images when you’re flying solo in the field or on the water

It sometimes seems as if nothing happens in real life anymore unless it also happens in a smartphone video or photo. That being the case, we might as well make our contributions to digital culture as professional-looking as possible. The best way to do that is with a portable, lightweight selfie-stick or tripod to eliminate unwanted motion and lend your first-person photography that that critical third-person perspective. Here are a few highly rated options to choose from.


The selfie stick is one of the most useful tools if you’re shooting photos or video solo. Vproof


The simplest and most unobtrusive smartphone mount is just a telescoping rod with a phone holder at one end: aka the selfie-stick. They’re lightweight, sleek, and easily stashed in a pack, bag, or pocket. Look for one-piece construction with a universal mount that will fit any smartphone and case.

Hybrid Selfie Stick/Tripod

A selfie stick with adjustable legs is great if you are trying to capture footage on uneven terrain. Mpow


If you want a little more function out of a selfie stick, consider one that also has extendable legs at the base. They can be folded up for use as a standard selfie-stick or extended to create a stable platform for remote photography.

Heavy-Duty Tripod

A selfie stick that doubles as a tripod is especially useful if you need your hands free to do other things. Fugetek


A heavy-duty selfie stick with a tripod base and Bluetooth remote control offers the ultimate in versatility. The platform is more stable, is just as extendable as a selfie-stick, and houses a wireless shutter release to provide exacting photography or video from any distance. No more fiddling with timed releases!