Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Getting the Best Camera View When Recording Your Pole or Aerial Progress

Fisheye Lens with clip from Amazon.com
 Recording your pole or aerial workouts are common practice for dancers to learn about the dynamic movement of their training.  As a home poler that now has limited space, I recently discovered what has become an essential tool for all my training documentation. 

I may be late to the game on this one but when I was searching for a solution to my limited camera capabilities, my results didn't produce many answers.  I was skimming through instagram videos of smaller home pole spaces as I now am a fellow small space home poler, when I came across a post that mentioned a fisheye lens for camera phones. I was immediately intrigued on how this tiny lens changes the capabilities of my camera on my phone.  To be honest, I do have a higher quality video camera but its quite tedious to load videos onto my laptop and edit them in i-movie.  Once I've edited, I usually have to wait for the i-movie file to produce my final product.  It just takes too long! I don't always want to upload a beautifully edited piece from my workouts.  Sometimes its just a quick share on instagram or Facebook where I want to share my latest accomplishments with my friends.  I'd like to get the best view of my area I'm working with and if you're a poler or aerialist then you know the struggles of capturing movement from the floor and across the air.

Upon searching for the perfect fisheye lens, I read many reviews on amazon before coming to the decision to order this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QXT58JA?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 

The Mpow 3 in 1 Clip-On 180 Degree Supreme Fisheye + 0.67X Wide Angle + 10X Macro Lens for iOS Android Smartphones comes with 3 lenses and an easy to use clip that is placed over your camera view finder on the front or back of your phone.  I used the clip on my front camera so I could be sure I was filming the area I wanted and didn't notice any problems.  You do have to make sure the lens is positioned appropriately so you don't get blacked out edges. 

Check out my video comparisons below. The first video is without the fish eye lens and the second video is with.  

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