iPhoneography is bigger than it's ever been. Chances are, if you're a smartphone user, you haven't touched a point-and-shoot camera in what feels like ages. It's a great move toward efficiency, but your iPhone camera needs a few smart accessories to totally replace the digital cameras of yesterday. A compact tripod is a great addition to any iPhone photographer's arsenal. You'll get steady shots, sure. But you'll also be able to finally step into group photos without your outstretched, angsty-self-portrait arm in view of the screen.
And if you go for one of these compact tripod options, you can be ready anytime — without your gear weighing you down. Because smartphone cameras are efficient, and your camera gear should be too.
• Gorillpod Mobile: This model from Joby's extensive line of compact bendy tripods is designed to keep your iPhone in place nearly anywhere. ($39.95, Joby.com)
• Tiltpod Mobile: This keychain tripod has a pivoting ball base, so you can prop up your phone at nearly any angle. ($15, Photojojo.com)
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