Momma Told Me: Take Selfies With Ease- #SoloStick Pro Gold Photography Secret Giveaway

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Take Selfies With Ease- #SoloStick Pro Gold Photography Secret Giveaway


***I received the following product in exchange for my honest thoughts. All photos and opinions contained below are copyright Momma Told Me Blog 2015.
Momma Told Me: You can't live behind that camera!

As a blogger I firmly believe that  take the best photos of myself. If I had a dollar for every time Jay and I have gotten into a row over photos for a 'fashion post' photo shoot I'd have that Cannon T5i that's been on my wish list for so long! You seem I've probably taken more photos of myself than those taken of me, by everyone I've known my entire life, combined. I've learned every selfie Smartphone angle, how to strap my DSLR around my neck so I can auto-snap photos of my hands in a step-by-step recipe, and even the exact timer rotation on my point and shoot. They don't teach classes in that, folks- those are Blogger street smarts, and they're skills I think we shouldn't have to acquire.
When I was a little girl I clearly remember inheriting my father's first Polaroid camera and thinking it was just pure magic. Not only did the 'shake' developing dance prove a fun way to pass time, but I was also convinced the rhythm in which I shook that photo would have a direct impact on the quality of that photo. On one specific occasion I recall receiving a new Barbie for my birthday and running upstairs to pair her with the Ken doll I'd had for months. Unfortunately Barbie's perfect proportions proved less than perfectly practical and I couldn't pose the duo in front of their new abode (my dollhouse) without holding her up. I very clearly remember going downstairs into the hall closet and retrieving a broom which I used to press the shutter trigger on my Polaroid, while it balanced on my toy trunk some 4 feet away. Shot achieved!

Today, capturing that inspiration, moment, or memory is easier than ever with cameras in nearly every mobile device, and a virtually unlimited roll of digital film. But I can't very well place my $500 phone in a tree and 'hope' to catch that shot in the hill before I lose my balance, or it tumbles down. So the #SoloStick is here to provide an immediate solution to taking photos  of just about anything, with you in the photo. No more snapshots of friends at conferences with you behind the lens, and more more painfully close close-ups at arm's length. Made of an incredibly lightweight aluminum reinforced base, the Solo Selfie Stick extends from 11" to 36" and is compatible with most point and shoot cameras as well as modern Smartphone and Tablet devices.
With an adjustable rubberized phone mount, the Solo Stick can accommodate devices as large as the iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4, though your wrist may need some training to stabilize larger/heavier devices when extended to full length. I used my Solo Stick Pro Gold with my Samsung Galaxy S3 and noticed the same part which secured the cell phone mount adapter had to be securely locked to stabilize the phone, otherwise the weight would un-thread the base and my phone would rotate in use. I also notices, for my specific phone, that the extra wide/long cell phone mount seemed to be positioned so it hit my phone's On/Off buttons if I wasn't paying attention. My phone rebooted 3 times during this photoshoot, and moving the mount's grip away from the buttons threw off the weight balance of the phone at the end of the Solo Stick.
All this aside, a selfie stick is definitely something any blogger should have in their bag of tricks, and any none blogger should have just for vacations, gatherings, and general photography fun. You can truly capture some fun angles, and are sure to have a blast learning how to angle the stick to get that flawless selfie. In the collage above the far Right photo was taken with my forward facing 5 MP camera, and the two to the Left were taken with my phone's main 14 MP camera. In addition, to give you an idea of the quality of images you can capture with your Smartphone and the Solo Stick Pro, the 2 photos directly above and below were captured with my smartphone's main 14 MP camera.
So how do I get my smartphone to take photos at the end of a Solo Stick? Also sold by the same company is an absolute must have for anyone photographing with a Bluetooth device, the Solo Stick Shutter device, compatible with any ios or Android device. For less than $10 you can turn your phone into a hands free (or Solo Stick compatible) camera with a range of up to 30 feet! Together, these two products rock my socks with a whole new world of photo-journalistic opportunities. I can't wait to share what I capture next! How would you use your Solo Stick first?

What Daughter Says: Getting in front of the lens is easier than ever with a great selfie stick and shutter remote.






One Momma Told Me reader will win a Solo Stick Pro Gold.

36 comments:

  1. I would use the solo stick at the beach I think. Or perhaps, I would try to take a selfie with my four kids and myself with bougainvillea flowers as a background.

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  2. First I'd have to learn how to use it. I'm not very good at selfies. I've only taken a couple. I'd probably give it to my DIL. she is always taking pictures. I think she has hundreds on her phone. She would take pictures around the safari park where she works.

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  3. I would love to take it to the beach.

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  4. I would love to use with the grandkids.@parties,zoo ,beaches and nature walks

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  5. I have been seeing people with these all over the place. I need to get one!

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  6. Ok...I have to laugh, we just went to Disneyland and all the americans were laughing at the Asian tourists using these. I can see the merit definitely, it's a super smart invention.

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  7. I don't do the whole selfie thing too much. I have some friends who are addicted to selfies, though. I'm going to tell them about this.

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  8. I need to take more selfies! That looks like a great, sturdy stick unlike mine which I can't get to angle correctly :(

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  9. I have seen these sticks on the internet, sounds like a great way to take selfies!

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  10. I'm not a selfie type of person, am I the only one? lol I find it awkward and I can never get a good pic. But, I'm never in the photos, so maybe I should get this!

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  11. I love these pictures! I think the Selfie Stick is a pretty rad invention!

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  12. I laughed the first time I saw this then thought about how practical it really is. I think my girls would get the most out of this!! They are the selfie queens!

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  13. I would love to take this on our trip to disney. We could all be in the pics together. thanks for the chance

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  14. How cool! I've never used one of these but I think they'd be great for group photos!

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  15. This is such a good idea for getting group shots on vacation! P.S. Your shoes are adorable!

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  16. I really need one of these! My daughter and I go on a lot of adventures together and It would help me get better photos of the two of us together and the scenery!

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  17. I would take so many more pics of me and my boy...even if he didn't want to! Hahahaha!

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  18. I need one of these! You took some great pictures!

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  19. This looks like a great tool for taking the perfect photo. My daughter would love it.

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  20. Oh I love that stick! I'd use it to take selfies of me and my kids! Or also to get better shots of my feet, or even for my fashion shoots! Love it.

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  21. This would be perfect for Disneyland! I'm terrible at taking selfies, what a fun idea!

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  22. This looks super convenient. Sometimes it's hard to get just the right shot!

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  23. I would give it to my daughter so she could take pictures while on vacation.

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  24. That is a really neat gadget! I am sure it definite great tool to take better selfies!

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  25. I have seen these before. I thought about getting one to help with blog pictures.

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  26. That looks so fun and makes selfies perfect! I want one!!!

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  27. Even beyond selfies, you could use this to help you capture a lot of great shots.

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  28. I sooo need a selfie stick! What an awesome invention!

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  29. I think even better than using it for selfies, this would be great for trying to capture the whole family and still be in the picture. Good idea.

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  30. lol... well I am famous for taking selfies at the office... they know when I put my lipstick on it's time for a selfie. One place I would really love to take selfies is in Guatemala... I go there every summer and there are some amazing views from the volcanoes and mountains that we go up/climb and this would be perfect for some awesome shots with great background scenery.

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  31. lol... well I am famous for taking selfies at the office... they know when I put my lipstick on it's time for a selfie. One place I would really love to take selfies is in Guatemala... I go there every summer and there are some amazing views from the volcanoes and mountains that we go up/climb and this would be perfect for some awesome shots with great background scenery.

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  32. I Love taking pictures of me and my grandchildren when I visit them but I'm not good with taking selfies so this would help me to improve.

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  33. I would use it when my boys and I go fishing!

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  34. I would love to use it at the beach with the family!

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  35. I would love to win and use this awesome Solo Stick at the Lunar New Year festival!
    Thank You for the great giveaway

    Fiona N

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  36. I want to use this to take a picture for our xmas card for next year.

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