Ever wish your arm was longer — like another foot or so? If you ever got caught trying to do selfies with some celebs, then you know the best you can do is stretch your arm out and hope the picture taken gets enough of each of you to justify how stupid you just made yourself look. I was about to get this big time at Stan Lee’s ComiKaze pop-culture event at the LA Convention Center, where I expected to see/talk/interview/take pics with a lot of folks that normally you don’t get any closer to than the TV. But while I couldn’t do anything about how I looked, I could sure as shooting do something about how I took those selfies. Because I had the POPSCOPE with me.
So it looks like a mini-me tripod made of aluminum; mine was a bright cobalt blue and it had tiny tabs to extend the legs out should I want to stand it up. But the real use comes from extending out the center column — requiring just some pulling and twisting — which took the place of my aching arm. That’s because attached to the top was my iPhone which now could stare back at me with ease.
How the smartphone got there was simple: instead of a screw like that found on a tripod, the POPSCOPE has a clamp at the top connected to a ball joint. Think of it as being like the jaws of a wrench, only with padding. Pressure applied holds the phone in place, but I chickened out by having it in a case first so that I didn’t have to worry. There’s also a little screw controlling tilting of the head which is more useful when the legs have been pulled out to create a mini-tripod. The POPSCOPE held onto the case and I found that for general shooting, free hand holding was not less vibration prone and more stable.
The only part of using POPSCOPE that takes some advanced planning is that you have to use a timer-based app when the phone’s being held out, since you can’t reach the touch screen (or press any button on the phone that triggers the camera). But that’s a small price to pay for having better pictures, not to mention better posture and less aching in the joints later on. I shot my fill, undid the clamp and put POPSCOPE away in my knapsack when it was time to leave. This little guy’s my BFF when it comes to selfies, be they with “popular” folks or just me and my buds from now on.