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I’ve become an expert at this sort of awkward, clutching grip I use when shooting with my iPhone:

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And most of you probably look like this when you shoot with yours:

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A company called RHP Media reckons there’s a better, more ergonomic way to shoot. Their MirrorCase (and attendant app) for iPhone allows you to hold the camera lower and shoot from the top of it, rather like pointing a remote control at the TV. A physical mirror inside the case directs the image towards the camera lens, and the MirrorCase app’s software flips the image into the proper orientation.

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The case admittedly renders your phone too bulky to slip into a pocket, but RHP is hoping potential buyers will be swayed by a few additional benefits the form factor provides: The mirror also redirects the camera’s flash, allowing you to use it as a flashlight; the “leg” on the front makes the screen easier to view when placed on a desk; and it also provides a little purchase for your shoulder when attempting to cradle the phone with your head.

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Although I’ve gotten good at my clutching method, and despite the iPhone’s video stabilization, if I’ve had too many cups of coffee it typically shows in the video I capture. A team of brothers called Karim and Nadim Elgarhy, who are engineers by trade and amateur filmmakers on the side, have designed the Picosteady for shaky-handed shooters like me. Essentially a small Steadicam rig, the portable Picosteady is designed to be used with anything from a GoPro to a DSLR, and can be iPhone-rigged via a Glif.

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