I take a lot of photos. Too many, maybe. I’m always nearing the capacity of my phone, and dumping the photos into folders on my harddrive and my laptop. (I don’t use my iPhone for music. I use it primarily for taking photos. Oh and making phone calls and texting.)
If you look at my photos, you may notice there is one missing factor…me. I’m usually taking the photos and I’m seldom in the photos with my husband and son. (Or my cat. Because I take a lot of cat photos too.)
I recently received the XShot 2.0 to review and I am HOOKED. The XShot is an extender pole. The XShot Pocket collapses to fit easily in my purse, and has an adapter to hold most any smartphone. The adapter is basically a clip and you don’t have to screw your phone on or anything, just adjust the opening to grasp your phone.
I have a timer built into my camera function on my phone, so I set it usually for 3 seconds, extend the pole and snap the photo!
I first tried out the XShot at the city’s holiday parade. I was standing behind my son and wanted to get some photos of him. Once I got the phone in place and worked with the timer a few times, I managed to get some really fun photos!
I was questioned by a woman standing behind me about what the “stick” was for. She thought it was to stabilize the phone. (It helped me with that as well.) And someone else thought it was cool because it’s perfect for selfies.
With the XShot, you don’t always see the glare of me holding my phone, because it’s far back enough to get both my husband and I (and my sunglasses) in the photo. I can also get a larger background in my photo.
I also received the pocket XShot to try out. This one is a little smaller and handier for someone who wants to fit it into their purse or even pocket (though the XShot 2.0 is not bulky by any means.) I have plans to use this one at a work function involving students tomorrow. So I could get this post up, though, I’ve been playing with both.
Features of the XShot 2.0:
- Eliminate awkward photos taken at arms length
- Capture full background and scenery
- Take a picture anywhere without asking a stranger
- Take pictures from unique angles
- With the XShot it looks like someone else took the picture
- Easy film making for online videos and journals
- Fun and easy to use
I really do have fun with the XShot. It’s not always to get my son into a frame (he’d rather stand a few feet away.) With this, I get a full background and I don’t have to squeeze our faces together. Not that I mind squeezing his face. 🙂
And now for MORE FUN! The fine folks at XShot have offered to give away an XShot to one of my readers! Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will end at noon EST on Monday, December 8. I’ll email the winner and if I don’t have a reply from the first winner within 24 hours, I’ll have Rafflecopter choose the next winner. (I try to move fast with these things, friends!)
What situation would you like to use the XShot?