The smartphone photography boom continues unabated. It’s already been ages since the iPhone became one of the most popular cameras on mobile photography site Flickr. Now mobile sharing sites such as Instagram are all the rage and seemingly every big photo site is attempting to get in on the retro camera crazy, with Flickr and Twitter both trying to get in on the retro filters craze. One upshot of all this is that there’s a growing market for wonderful camera accessories to take your smartphone photography to the next level. Rotolight do wonderful things with smartphone lighting and lenses, Glidetrack make smartphone-specific camera dollies and now Joby, makers of the Gorillapod have produced a (relatively) device-agonistic smartphone tripod the GripTight Gorillapod stand for smartphones.
If you don’t know about Gorillapods then you’re missing out on a delightful range of tripods that open up a world of creative photo opportunities. Gorillapods have flexible joints that can bend and rotate 360° so you can pop them on many different surfaces and even manipulate the tripod into a claw that can be tightly wrapped around all sorts of pillars and posts.
Joby already make a mobile clip that lets you strap in previous iterations of the iPhone. The GripTight Mount, however is a much more flexible proposition and works with most leading smartphones – even with cases. I’ve working with a lot of iPhone stand solutions before (including my much-loved Glif) but having the flexibility to leave on cases or other modification such as lenses I may have made to my phone is a boon. The GripTight’s
internal steel springs allow you to mount to expand it to the size of your device and the rubber grip pads feel very secure – I never once feared for my iPhone’s safety – even when dangled upside-down from a ceiling.
The GripTight Mount is super compact and foldable and quickly attaches to the GorillaPod – and indeed other tripods – via ¼-20″ screw. The actual attachment is small enough to pop on the end of your keys (there’s a tiny hole to attach it to a loop) and I’ve been jingling one in my pocket for a couple of days without really noticing the additional weight. It’s a great tool to add to your collection.
The Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand (including the GripTight Mount) is available now with a recommended retail price of £25.00. For more details check Joby.