2017 HOW TO IMPROVE LIGHTING FOR YOUR IPHONE VIDEOS | Ztylus LED Ring Light

Hey Y’all,

The Ztylus LED Ring Light is my new secret addiction. I spend almost all of my free time trying to better understand how these lights can improve my video and photos for my social media channels.


The system is so simple, yet provides you with a host of opportunities to create many different kinds of shots. That said, let me just give you the quick and dirty of why you should think about adding this LED ring light to your iphone vlogging set up:

-The price point is very affordable for the quality of this light at only $55, which includes the case, if you purchase the system the way that I did on Amazon.

-You receive 3 different light filters (warm, natural, and cool)

12

 

-You also have the ability to adjust the amount of light to create the perfect shot.

17

-It attaches to any tripod mount, and it mounts directly to the back of the Ztylus iPhone Case. I attach mine to my spider mount.


14

I love that the light can be mounted to the light, or to a tripod in case I have one of the other lenses attached to the phone. For example, I may one of the 4 in 1 Revolver Lenses attached to the case to capture a wide angle shot, but I may still need to improve the lighting. With this system, I can simply use the Ztylus Revolver Lenses, mounted to the phone, and then connect the LED ring light to any tripod. This is just such a nice option to have while filming in varying types of conditions.

11

13

End of the day, this system has excellent build quality, options, convenience, and a price point that it undeniably good considering how much value it can bring to your iphone videos and pictures.

If you want to see this lighting set up on the phone, and to see how bright it is, then you can check out my youtube review here below.

I hope you guys found this helpful. Thanks for spending a few minutes with me. See you in my next post.

Gratefully,

Raphaela ❤

 

2017 HOW TO STABILIZE IPHONE VIDEOS WHILE FILMING | Reticam Hand Grip Stabilizer

Ok guys, we have all been there. You film something and think that it’s a great shot, only to realize that the footage is so shakey that you can’t even stand to watch it.

That’s a bad place to be, but I have a reasonably priced solution for all my fellow vloggers out there. Well, actually, you don’t even need to be a vlogger, just someone with a phone, who shoots videos, and wants them to look smooth and be enjoyable to watch.

 

Enter the Reticam Hand Grip Monopod. This piece of gear is a definite must have for any vlogger. You can secure the stabilizing stick to the camera mounted Reticam clip, as pictured below:

 

 

You may also attach the Reticam Handle directly to the Rosewood Handle from Ztylus, if you have that mounted to your phone case. This is a nice option for quick on and off mounting of the Reticam Handle.

 

(**Sorry about how blurry this photo is. It is the only one I took of this.)
This excellent piece of gear also screws right into the Foneso Selfie Stick Tripod Mount to create an on the go, super sturdy tripod.

11

 

What else can I say? If you want sturdy video, a great way to hold your camera, and something that can convert into a mobile tripod that you can fit into your pocket, you should probably have this in your iphone vlogging arsenal.

Bonus, it comes with a wonderful little carrying case that you can store all of your mobile vlogging tools in. Reticam has excellent build quality, and you will certainly have this tool for many, many years to come.

 

If you want to see me attach this handle to the iphone case, and show you what it actually looks like, then you can check out my youtube review here below.

I hope you guys found this helpful. Thanks for spending a few minutes with me. See you in my next post.

Gratefully,

Raphaela ❤

 

 

2017 HOW TO MAKE YOUR IPHONE LOOK VINTAGE | Ztylus Rosewood Hand Grip

Hey Everyone,

This post is for the hipsters, the vintage lovers, the ones who long for days of old when things looked ‘cool’. I am personally in love with the way that this Rosewood Hand Grip by Ztylus instantly transforms my iphone into a Vintage Chic version of a very modern phone. Maybe it’s just me, but it really adds to my enjoyment of using my iphone while vlogging or taking pictures.


This mount attaches directly to the Ztylus case and provides an instant ‘grip’ for you to hold onto while using the iphone for pictures or video. This really helps to stabilize the iphone during this kind of use.

It also attaches to a tripod through the little 1/4 ” mount at the bottom. This works perfectly with the Foneso Selfie Stick that I recently blogged about. Click here to watch my YouTube review of the Foneso Selfie Stick.

11

This Rosewood Hand Grip mount is a simple product, at an affordable price point, that provides a lot of value to you.

If you already have the Ztylus case, you may purchase the grip by itself, as pictured below.

11

If you don’t have any of these, but would like the set up, I know that Amazon is running a special where you can purchase the phone case, the Rosewood handle and this 4 in 1 lens kit for only $89.95, which is about $30 less than I paid for mine individually, so it’s a great price point if you want this set up. 13

They do also have this system available in Blush Pink if the vintage look is not your thing.

11 12

If you want to see me attach this handle to the iphone case, and show you what it actually looks like, then you can check out my youtube review here below.

I hope you guys found this helpful. Thanks for spending a few minutes with me. See you in my next post.

Gratefully,

Raphaela ❤

2017 BEST LENSES FOR iPHONE PHOTOS AND VIDEO | Ztylus Revolver Lens 4 in 1

Hey guys. I’m back today with another one of the products that I reviewed in my YouTube Series ‘2017 Best Of iPhone Vlogging Accessories’. Today, I am going to introduce you to one of my personal favorites from that series, the Ztylus 4 in 1 Revolver Lens.

I could go on for an hour about the things that I love about this system, but here is a really quick summary;

-4 lenses in one spinning wheel that mount to your iphone case (aka..convenience)

-It looks great on the iPhone, which is a silly benefit to list, unless you care about it, which I do.

-Versatility; wide angle lens for your iphone, macro lens for your iphone, fisheye lens for your iphone, and a circular polarizing lens for your iphone.

-High quality product that you will have for years and years.

Ok, so let me give you some examples of what this little system can do. It should be said that I know NOTHING about photography, and I do mean nothing, and I am already taking better shots with this system. It is just so simple to use.

Here is the same photo, with and without the wide angle lens:

Without

With


Here is the same photo, with and without the macro lens:

Without

With

Here is the same photo, with and without the fisheye lens:

Without

With

Here is the same photo, with and without the circular polarizing filter lens:

Without


 

With


I know that Amazon is running a special where you can purchase the phone case, the Rosewood handle and this 4 in 1 lens kit for only $89.95, which is about $30 less than I paid for mine individually, so it’s a great price point if you want this set up. 13

They do also have this system available in Blush Pink if the vintage look is not your thing.

If you want to see me unbox this system, and show you what it actually looks like, then you can check out my youtube review here below.

I hope you guys found this helpful. Thanks for spending a few minutes with me. See you in my next post.

Gratefully,

Raphaela ❤

2017 MOST USEFUL iPHONE CASE FOR VLOGGING AND PHOTOS | Ztylus iPhone Case

Hey Guys,

I apologize for posting all of these back to back, but I want to make sure to get them up before the holidays. These are all such high quality products for anyone who does any kind of videos on their iphone or takes pictures.

11

These tools basically transform a generic smartphone into a phone that it capable of capturing HD (high definition) videos and stunning photos.

14

Today’s post is about the phone case that you need to make all of the other items work together. Again, I am not being paid to say any of this. These products were purchased with my money. I just love them and want to share them with the people that I know.

Click Here To See This Product On Amazon.

Here is the video about the case:

Please subscribe to my channel, and share it with anyone you know who would find this kind of information interesting. Thanks for spending a few minutes with my everyone.

Gratefully,

Raphaela ❤

2017 BEST SELFIE STICK WITH MONOPOD AND TRIPOD UNDER $20 | Foneso Selfie Stick With Tripod

Hey Guys,

I have to share this selfie stick with you. I have purchased so many selfie sticks that have fallen short for one reason or another. This is honestly the best selfie stick that I have ever put my hands on, and for less than $20, it is an excellent Christmas gift idea.

It comes with a monopod, tripod, selfie stick and bluetooth remote to take photos. The build quality is excellent. I uploaded my unboxing and review of this product to my YouTube channel for anyone who is interested.


I know you will love this product, because I am obsessed with mine. Great product for any vlogger, selfie taker, or youtuber of any kind. This is a must have product for me.

Here are some of the images from Amazon for you of this product.

It comes with a tripod too, which is incredible. It also happens to be a really nice sturdy tripod, which is why this one gets my ‘Best’ rating.

11

It has a very sturdy, silicon clam, to hold your phone in place, aka ….your phone will not pop out.

12

One of my favorite features of this selfie stick is how far out it extends. It goes to almost 3 feet which gives you the ability to capture some really nice shots from above.

13

I hope you guys found this helpful. Thanks for spending a few minutes with me. See you in my next post.

Gratefully,

Raphaela ❤

My 2017 iPhone Mobile Vlogging Set Up And Favorite Tools

This is my 2017 mobile vlogging set up for the new year. I did a HAUL video for you guys to introduce you to the products, and then I filmed individual unboxing/review videos for you. I have made sure that all of these tools work together for you guys. These are the best tools to have good quality audio and video capabilities with you at all times.


All of these tools fit inside of a little kit that I can carry in one hand. The tools included in this series playlist are; iphone lighting, iphone external mic, iphone expandable memory, and so much more.


Be sure to subscribe to my channel to see all of these things set up together and see how much better my future videos are using these tools.


These make excellent gift ideas for anyone who is interested in taking pictures or shooting videos with their iphone.


I hope you guys enjoy.

 

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me.

Gratefully,

Raphaela ❤

 

 

My Secret Elf On The Shelf Addiction. Help, I Have A Problem

Hey Everyone,

Yes, it’s been like 35 years since I have written a blog post. Ok, not 35 years, but way too many months. If you follow my other social media channels, then you know that I post to them, and my YouTube channel almost daily. I really want to challenge myself to get back into blogging, because there is something about the written word that just reaches people and clarifies my soul like no Instagram post ever can.

I was posting my Elf on the Shelf ideas to my personal Facebook account, when a friend of mine (thanks Tracy) suggested that I should blog these ideas, because she had not seen anything like them before. If I may be so bold, she even used the word ‘Innovative’. 🙂

Anywho, it must be fate or something, because I have really been itching to blog lately, so here we go.

Let me start off by saying that up until about 2 weeks ago, I was (everybody hold onto their seats) genuinely irritated when I heard people talking about the whole Elf on the Shelf thing. Why? Simple. I am a bad person :-). Alright, no, that’s not true. It’s because I really didn’t understand what it was, and I kind of thought it was a little creepy.

Two weeks ago, as I was picking up my son from day care, he showed me his Elf at school, and asked when ours was going to arrive. Never one to take the last open seat on a bandwagon, I said, “Um, I will have to text Santa and find out.” After the kids went to bed that night, I looked up the general idea of the Elf kind of policing children for Santa, and by extension for me, and thought, “Yeah, I’ll give that a spin.” Oh, don’t judge, you know how this ends…with me spending $30 on a somewhat creepy little elf like millions of other parents.

I went to Walmart, then Target, to try to purchase this little North Pole Narc, and they genuinely laughed at me. They were like, “those things have BEEN sold out.” Ok, well, excuse me for not knowing that the freakin’ Elf was #trending. 🙂

Moving on. In comes my personal favy favorton Amazon.com. With the click of a button, my own little personal Elf was on it’s way from the North Pole…Ok, yes, I know it’s from the Birmingham, Alabama Amazon fulfillment center, but go with me here. We are dealing in suspended reality.

He arrives. The kids go through a slew of names from Stinky and Jingles, to Flake and finally circle the wagons back around to Chippy. Yeah, super original, I know. 🙂 Cut them a break, what they lacked in originality for naming our Elf, they make up for in creative ways to destroy their bedrooms, so I guess it all evens out.

The first night, I read them the story, and explained the rules, at which time I was promptly informed that, “Everybody knows that stuff mommy.” Oh, my bad for missing Elf 101 at the local community college. Geez, where’s the magic anymore?

After I put the kids to bed, I had two choices; 1. Hit up Pinterest for ideas. 2. Search my own brain for crazy stuff and see what falls out. Of course, you know I chose option 2, because I feel like I need to make everything in my life vastly more difficult than it actually needs to be :-).

The first night, I wasn’t feeling that adventurous yet, so I stuck him in the cookie display, and positioned him like he was holding a cookie and got stuck in there.

Night 1: Chippy Got Caught With More Than Just His Hand In The Cookie Jar.

Originality Score: I don’t really know, but I am assuming it’s somewhere near a 1, on a 1 to 10, 10 high scale.

elf, elfontheshelf, elfontheshelf2015, ideas, funny, cute, original, new, innovative, easy, fast, funny

Elf In A Cookie Jar

The kids freaked out. They loved it. They were yelling at him about stealing their cookies, and laughing that he got caught. They of course overlooked the most obvious question…How Did That Elf Escape From His Packaging Without Mommy Touching Him? Ah, the magic that is Elf. 🙂

Night 2: Elves Need To Netflix and Chill Too

Originality Score: I think I was probably tickling like a 3 here, maybe.

Night two. I am starting to feel a little more like I can actually do this. I was studying while sitting on the couch, and I thought, man, I would really just love to Netflix and Chill right now. Then it hit me, Elves work hard too. Those little guys deserve to kick it on the couch in their fat pants too, and so this next idea was born. I staged him with an empty soda, and a half eaten popcorn bucket. I crushed up some Oreos and Cheese balls and sprinkled them around him. I added a remote for good measure, on account of it being somewhat difficult to Netflix and Chill without Netflix. Sure, he could have watched it on his iPad, but we decided to go old school, and use a real TV.

 

elfontheshelf, elfontheshelf2015, elf, ideas, netflix, chill, funny, easy, creative,

This Elf Needs To Netflix and Chill

The kids were sold! This one really made them think this little guy was for real. The crumbs were the real hero of this set up, or as I like to call them, The Elf Question Closer. There was no doubt left for the kids, this little dude was up and about in our house while they were asleep. They said, “he must have been so tired from flying to the North Pole and back.” Yup, mommy win!

Night 3. Elf with OCD

Originality Score: I feel like this one pushed me over a solid 5. If not, please allow me to exist in my own delusion. Thank you very much. Hey, not everyone’s work is appreciated during their lifetime, ok?

So the kids had gone to bed. I was sooo tired that night. I was unplugging the Christmas Tree, you know, because I don’t want to burn my house down and all. Yes, I have a real tree…GASP! I digress. I accidentally knocked a candy cane off of the tree, (clutz) and it hit me like a 2 x 4 between the eyes. Let’s get Chippy to try to fix the broken candy canes. Oh yeah baby, it’s show time.

I go into the garage and grab every kind of glue that I can find; Elmer’s glue, glue gun, Shoe Goo, Gem Tac, yup that’s it. I fooled you with that last statement, huh? I made it sound like it would be like 20 different kinds of glue. Seriously, I was just using a little puffery. Maybe you should lower your standards a little. Who the heck has 20 different kinds of glue?

Aluminum foil in hand, I set Chippy up on the back of the glue gun and touched the gun to the cane. Of course, I had to break a few more candy canes to really sell it, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Whack! Sorry little candy canes, it’s all for the cause.

elfontheshelf, elfontheshelf2015, elf, ideas, fixing, candy, canes, ocd, hot, glue, funny, easy, creative,

Elf with OCD Fixing Candy

The kids were particularly fond of this one. They said, “Man, Santa must really get angry when the Elves break candy canes, huh?” I’m thinking, “You better hope so, or our little elf Chippy has a wicked bad case of OCD. Let it go Chippy, it’s a candy cane. You can buy a whole box for a dollar at Walmart.”

Night 4. Time to Get Shredded Little Dude

Originality Score: I am definitely somewhere near a 6 or 7, but not yet at Innovative.

Ok Elf, If you’re going to stay, then you gotta stop eating that garbage and get fit! We don’t play around about fitness in this house, and I think that Chippy the Elf was feeling like he may have overdone it on his cheat meal of Oreos and Cheeseballs. As I was getting my own gym bag packed for the next day, I thought that maybe Chippy could get in on my bodybuilding action.

He really went ham and decided to lift 200 marshpounds, but hey, Go Big or Go Back to the North Pole, right? I set him up with my Beats headphones, some BCAA powder and a polka dot straw with two large marshmallows. Side note; it is super frustrating when you are trying to complete your evil Elf plan and you can not find the Sharpie, again! Why kids? Why must you constantly take Mommy’s one marker, when you have an entire basket of crayons and markers? Ugggghhh. I showed them. I went into my daughter’s room and took one of her markers to finish this set up. Nanny, nanny boo boo. My marker! 🙂

elfontheshelf, elfontheshelf2015, elf, ideas, netflix, chill, funny, easy, creative,

Elf Getting Shredded

The kids literally dragged me out of bed at 5:10 in the morning to show me that Chippy was messing around with my gym stuff. Some parents have golf clubs, dishes, or electronics that you don’t touch. I have BCAA’s, protein bars, and Beats headphones that are punishable by death. 🙂

They said, “Oh Mommy, since Chippy has your headphones, I guess you can’t go to the gym today.” My face went blank. How had I not considered this outcome? Don’t freak out. I’m freaking out. I calmly said, “It’s cool, mommy has another set of headphones in my gym bag, so I’ll just use those.” Translation, once you are buckled into the car, I will say that I forgot my lip gloss and make a mad dash to separate Chippy from MY headphones. Bad elf!

Last Night. Night 5: Twisted Elf With Weight Issues

Originality Score: This is the one that pushes me over a 9, and may even qualify as Innovative. Hey, relax, I said may.

Alright, as you can clearly see if you have read the post to this part, I may be a little too invested in this Elf situation. Pump your brakes their Judgemental Jenny, you may want to find a mirror, because you’re the one who read all of this. We may just be in this Elf thing together. 🙂

All of that said, when you are this far down the rabbit hole, who knows what you will find, so of course, I keep digging.

I have to attend an event next week, and I have to wear a dress that is very elegant, but in no way forgiving. Though I work out like a crazy person and am super careful what I eat, I think this dress is going to give me nightmares. I keep trying it on thinking that it will fit differently next week, and yet, same result. Hey Oreos and Red Wine, you’re up. I quit :-).

I decided to make the Elf the living embodiment of my struggle. I went to my daughter’s room to pull a dress off of one of her Barbies to complete the look. Sidebar for a second: Remember when dolls had dresses that came off? I had to go through 5 dolls to find one where the top of the dress wasn’t permanently affixed to her body. Who are we kidding here? What Barbie wants to wear the same dress, day in and day out. Who is making these dolls?????

Alas, I found one. My victim was to be none other than, Cinderalla. Naked doll in hand, I tossed her back in the bin and went looking for her shoes. Why can’t those things be glued on? Oh, there you are shoe, in the VERY LAST bin that I looked in. The Barbie Gods are against me, but I will prevail!

I grabbed my scale, an empty wine bottle (give me a break, who doesn’t keep empty wine bottles lying around their house), some Oreos, the shoes, and a tissue. I propped Chippy up, with his butt not able to fit in the dress. Let’s overlook for a moment that he was even trying to put a dress on in the first place :-).

He clearly tried to fit into the dress, which he could not (no comment), probably because of his Oreo and Cheeseball binge from the night before. Sure, blame it on the water weight Chippy. We feel you. He weighed himself, saw the nasty cold hard number staring back at him from the scale, and decided to cry himself to sleep after drinking wine and eating more Oreos. Yeah Chippy, that’s the way to solve that problem. You show those Oreos who’s boss!

#elfontheshelf, #elf, #elfontheshelf2015, #ideas,

Elf With Weight Issues

I snapped the picture of Chippy with the wine bottle for you guys, but I don’t think leaving that out for the littles would have won me the Mother of the Year award, so I did the responsible thing. I pitched it into the trash can with reckless abandon and almost woke up the kids. Way to go Mom!

The kids were laughing so hard at this in the morning. They were like, “Oh Chippy, you can’t fit it the dress because you ate too many Oreos little buddy.” I wasn’t sure that they would understand the set up, but they totally did.

Again, I was really not thinking ahead on this one, because I left him in the middle of the kitchen. Elf:2 Mom: 0. Now I have to tap dance around this Calorie Crime Scene until the kids go to bed tonight.

If you want to know what other crazy ideas that I come up with, I put these pictures on a Pinterest Board for you. I will add a new one each morning. I don’t promise that they will all be ‘innovative’, but I may have 4 or 5 more slam dunks rattling around up there.

I just wanted to say another thank you to Tracy for taking the time to not just click like, but to encourage me to get blogging again. I forgot how much fun this is. I am usually sitting here laughing while I am writing, and hope it brings a smile to your day.

Gratefully,

Raphaela