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How to use manual video controls on the iPhone 11 incl sample photos & video using Moment lenses

Happy New Year everyone.

In this article I am going to explain how to use manual video controls on the iPhone 11 Pro along with what accessories you will need to accomplish this task.

First, why bother. Well the difference before and after is night and day. Video footage is smooth with the correct motion effect that isn’t jagged, instead it’s smooth.

First things first, I headed over to the Moment store and bought myself their Moment Photo case for my iPhone 11 Pro. If you have some spare time, and you are into video & photography the Moment store is one helluva a great place to browse with tons of great useful gear for your phone, not just iPhones either.

Moment have 3 styles of cases for the new iPhone 11 range, and I have all 3 which I’ll be covering off the pros and cons of each shortly, however, my strong advice is just to buy their strongest and toughest case only, the Photo case. Once you have this case, you can now attach their lens, filters and more. It’s a small price to pay for the extra benefits.

In terms of filming the video, there are 2 apps I would recommend on iOS. Filmic Pro or the Moment app. If you have Moment lenses then their app is ideal. You will be advised to grab a gimbal for even smoother video footage. The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is what I use. I’ll leave links to everything at the end of this article. In terms of filters I got a set of ND & CPL filters from Gobe on Amazon.

So now you have all the accessories and apps for your iPhone, what next. Well you need to setup the manual video controls. Here’s the rule of thumb. If shooting at 30fps , your shutter speed needs to be double at 1/60. Same rule applies for other FPS. So another example, shooting at 60fps needs a shutter speed of 1/120. The great thing about shooting at 60fps is that you can slow this down in post production for even smoother footage. For editing video on the iPhone, the best app is Luma Fusion.

Sounds simple, and it is , except now that you have a slow shutter speed, too much light will be entering the lens, so you need to attach a ND filter over the lens to counteract the extra light. In the video below, I used a ND8. I then used my DJI Osmo Mobile 3 gimbal.

Above is a photo using the Moment Anamorphic lens. It creates a cinematic look and in video is stunning. Especially when it counters light sources as you get those blue lines across the screen.

The above shot was taken using the new fisheye lens from Moment.

Now back to the video created. It’s just over 2 mins long so enjoy.

Useful Links

Moment Store

Moment Lens, Cases & more on Amazon

Gobe Filter set on Amazon

DJI Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbal on Amazon

AirPower in 2020 – Mophie 3 in 1 Wireless Charger Unboxing & First Impressions

Welcome to my first impressions and unboxing of the Mophie 3 in 1 wireless charger that charges your AirPods, Apple Watch & iPhone all wirelessly. Fast wireless charging is available for the iPhone as well.

This is what AirPower should have been. It’s a seriously cool product and currently exclusive to Apple, retailing for £130.

One of the positive aspects of the wireless charger is the two white lights on the front edge initially and gently glow for two or three seconds before turning off. The left white light is to acknowledge AirPods are charging and the right side is for your iPhone. So at night , you won’t get an annoying charging led light that so many other chargers seem to have!

Video Review

Conclusion

It’s expensive, it’s sold exclusively at Apple. But it’s relatively compact and looks fabulous on your bedside table.

Useful Links

Mophie chargers on Amazon UK

UAG Plyo iPad Case Review – Ultimate Impact Protection for your iPad

Welcome to my review of the UAG Plyo iPad Case. This case is clever as it is compatible with all the following iPads –

– iPad Air 1
– iPad Air 2
– iPad Pro 9.7
– iPad 5th Gen
– iPad 6th Gen

It also has built in impact protection, auto wake/sleep and more.

Video Review

Conclusion

The UAG Plyo case for iPad provides strong impact protection, extra grip and more. Recommended. Discover the full range of UAG cases on Amazon UK.

Spigen Essential Fast Wireless Charger Review – The safe low cost option! Why pay more?

Welcome to my review of the Spigen Essential Fast Wireless Charger.

I wanted an additional Qi Fast Wireless charger. The issue with many cheap Qi wireless charger is safety. Some make your phone get too hot. Some just don’t work properly. Then there are different speeds of charging wirelessly.

Fortunately, I came across the Spigen Essential Fast Wireless Charger. It cost me £15.99 on Amazon UK . Today it is on sale at £14.99.

The Key Features

– Spigen is an Associate Memeber of Qi Membership (Qi Registration ID: 2093)
– Advanced Safety Features
– Improved Wireless Charing Usability
– Dual Coils for Portrait & Landscape
– Anti-slip mat, portable design and overcharging protection technology all combined
– Compatible with All Qi-Enabled Smartphones incl new iPhones, iPhone 8 / 8 Plus / X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, Note 9 etc.
– Angle works with FACE ID

What’s In The Box:
1 x Spigen Essential Fast Wireless Charger (Model: F303W)
1 x USB to Micro USB Cable
1 x User Guide

There are several things I like about this charger. First is the angle. It is great to see the screen and is angled so it works with FACE ID. The charger surface is an anti slip mat. It has safety features to prevent overheating. This is covered off more in my video review below.

Conclusion

I had a number of cheaper wireless chargers which I have no thrown in the bin. The Spigen design is so much better and safer. Highly recommeded.

Buy one from Amazon UK.

Samsung’s 256gb EVO U3 Micro SD card – 4K video and more

The Samsung 256gb EVO U3 is one of the fastest micro sd cards available. Samsung describe it as ultra fast, and ideal for sports and action photography. This EVO card is also ideal for 4K UHD video recording.

So if you happened to have just ordered a Note 9, or have any other device that needs and supports micro sd cards , this is the one to go for. There are also lower storage capacities available and in a few months time, Samsung is likely to launch a 512gb version of this card, although I’d imagine this will be very expensive when it first becomes available.

At the moment, Amazon has 40% off the 256gb version, so head over and grab yourself a good deal, click HERE.

UAG Monarch case for Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Lightweight yet Tough!

The UAG Monarch Series case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Case is designed & precisely engineered to provide a case that meets double the Military Standard for drop & shock protection. The UAG Monarch case is available for other phone models too.

Key Features include –

– Handcrafted, feather-light construction with 5 layers of protection
– Top grain leather and alloy metal hardware
– Soft impact-resistant core & honeycomb traction grip
– Oversized tactile buttons & protective screen surround
– Compatible with Samsung Pay and Samsung Fast Wireless Charging
– Meets 2X Military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)
– 10-Year Limited Warranty

Buy the UAG Monarch case at Amazon UK

Samsung Protective Standing Cover for the Note 9 – Extra Tough

The Samsung Protective Standing Cover for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is Samsung’s answer to offering a extra tough case. It has MIL Standard protection as well as –

– Bumper-style allows you to see and use the screen with ease
– Textured surface provides grip
– Official Samsung accessory made for the Galaxy Note 9
– Easily access all ports, controls & connectors
– Qi wireless charging compatible
– Built in stand for portrait and landscape viewing

Buy the Samsung Protection Standing cover on Amazon UK

Spigen Tough Armor case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Patented protection

Welcome to my look at the Spigen Tough Armor case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This is the start of my Note 9 coverage. Lots of accessories, more cases and the phone itself.

• Extreme dual-layer protection made of a TPU body and polycarbonate back

• Precise cutouts for quick access and raised lips to protect screen and camera

• Reinforced kickstand for hands-free viewing experience

• Mil-Grade certified with Air-Cushion Technology in all corners

• Samsung Galaxy Note9 Case Compatible with Galaxy Note 9 (2018)

The Spigen case is about half the cost of,Samsung’s equivalent as well. Good value!

Grab yours at Amazon UK.

Urban Armor Huawei P20 Pro Plyo Case Review – This is proper protection!

Welcome to my review of the UAG Huawei P20 Pro Plyo Case. The case features –

– Perfect fit for the Huawei P20 Pro
– Armor shell & impact resistant soft core
– Air-soft corners for cushioning impact
– Feather-light composite construction
– Compatible with wireless NFC payments
– Oversized tactile buttons & easy access to touchscreen and ports
– Protective screen surround
– Meets military drop-test standards (MIL STD 810G 516.6)

Nearly 2 weeks ago, UAG sent me their Huawei P20 Pro Plyo case. I have been looking at tons of different cases for the P20 Pro, but after 2 weeks of outdoor testing of there Plyo case, it is firmly sitting at the top of the tree as the best case and my preferred case for my Huawei P20 Pro.

I take hundreds of photos on Dartmoor National Park, walking across its rugged terrain. The other day, I came across Black Tor Waterfall and had my P20 Pro balanced on some loose rocks. Was I worried? Not at all. The UAG Plyo case provided superb protection. To understand why its so good, take a look at my video review.

Useful Links

UAG Huawei P20 Pro Plyo Case on Amazon UK

Fotopro UFO2 Flexible Tripod Review vs Joby & Aukey Tripods

The Fotopro UFO2 flexible tripod review.

Key Features

– The Fotopro is a flexible tripod made with high-density rubber-coated robust legs which makes it more sturdy, more durable and better the skid resitance and allowing the phone to be angular in every position. You can wrap it anywhere you want
– The desk tripod stand weighs only 0.28kg and is 28cm tall.
– The smartphone tripod with ball head ensures a 360 ° shooting perspective allowing you to capture the perfect shot. You can simply take horizontal or vertical photos by rotating the phone clamp and selecting the cellular mode
– The Tripod Stick is suitable for Android and iOS devices up to 3.5 inches
– The tripod comes with with 1/4” screw is fully compatible with most devices

Video Review and Comparison

For more info on Amazon as well as the latest pricing, for the Fotopro UFO2 click HERE.