Imagine standing at the edge of a breathtaking landscape, the vibrant colors of nature stretching out before you. Or picture yourself amidst a joyful gathering with friends, capturing the laughter and cherished moments that weave the fabric of your memories. Selfies have become a popular and accessible way to document these precious experiences, allowing us to be the creators and protagonists of our own visual narratives.
The best part? You can do it all on your own, once you’ve learned the art of monopod selfie stick photography. In this step-by-step guide, we will unravel the secrets of capturing stunning selfies and videos using this versatile tool. From choosing the right equipment to mastering the techniques, we will provide you with the knowledge and skills to transform your self-portraits into works of art.
No longer will you need to rely on others to take your photos or miss out on being part of the frame. With the power of a monopod selfie stick in your hands, you become the director, capturing the essence of the moment exactly as you envision it.
So, get ready to embark on a journey of self-expression and creativity. Join us as we dive into the fascinating world of monopod selfie stick photography, where you become the artist behind the lens. Whether you’re a seasoned selfie enthusiast or just starting on your selfie-taking adventures, this guide is here to empower you. Let’s unlock the potential of your camera or mobile device and capture memories that will last a lifetime.
- Unbox and charge your Bluetooth selfie stick before use, ensuring it is fully charged for optimal performance.
- Turn on the selfie stick by locating and switching on the power button, indicated by a blue LED light.
- Pair/connect your device with the Bluetooth selfie stick by enabling Bluetooth in your device settings, searching for the selfie stick, and tapping to connect.
- Mounting a camera on the monopod requires attaching it securely using the screw or a camera-specific holder.
- When using a phone, ensure the selfie stick has a holder and securely attach the phone in the middle or using the padded clip, adjusting the angle and tightening the screw to lock it in place.
- Extend and adjust the selfie stick to frame your photo subjects properly by gently pulling the monopod to extend or contract it as needed.
- Test the connection and functionality by taking a few practice shots to ensure everything is working as intended.
- There are two types of selfie sticks: wired and wireless. Wired selfie sticks require no charging and connect directly to the device’s headphone jack. Wireless selfie sticks use Bluetooth for connectivity and require charging, offering more flexibility but potentially encountering Bluetooth compatibility issues.
- Before purchasing a selfie stick, ensure it is compatible with your device and meets your specific requirements.
Of course, this only applies to those using a wireless monopod. That’s because the wired kind does not require any charging time.
So now that your Bluetooth selfie stick has finally arrived, it’s time to unbox and recharge it. Generally, you’ll find the following things inside:
- The selfie stick
- Micro USB cable for charging
- Remote (if any)
Once you’ve finished unboxing, do the following:
- Get the cable and plug the micro USB side into the monopod.
- Now take the other side (USB-A) and plug that onto your adapter or computer.
- Allow it to FULLY CHARGE. This can take 1 to 2 hours, depending on the model you have.
Locate the power switch on your monopod. This is typically on the side or at the bottom. Now turn it on.
You’ll typically see a blue LED light turn on if you’ve successfully done this and your Bluetooth selfie stick is sufficiently charged.
Some selfie stick monopod models will keep that blue light blinking until you’ve successfully connected it to your mobile phone.
Now it’s time for the tricky part: how to pair/connect your device with the Bluetooth selfie stick.
Whether you’re an Android, Windows, or Apple OS user, the steps to connect will be the same.
- Go to your settings.
- Go to Bluetooth and turn it on.
- If it’s your first time to connect to your selfie stick monopod, tap on “search for new device” (on Android). This will bring you to Pairing Mode. There’s NO NEED to do this on the iPhone because it will automatically search the area for devices it can pair with.
- Look for the name of your selfie stick on the list of devices showing on your screen. Then, tap it. It should automatically connect to your device.
You’ll know you’ve made a successful Bluetooth connection if the light on your Bluetooth selfie stick has stopped blinking and your device says it’s connected to the monopod.
If any problems with connecting occur, you may need to redo this step.
For Android users, you can skip steps 3 and 4 if you’ve already successfully connected to the Bluetooth selfie stick before.
Before you start taking camera photos, you need to connect your camera or device to your choice of monopods.
Depending on what you’re using to take the photos, the way you mount it under this step will be different.
The majority of the monopods you’ll find have a screw-like thing on top of the pole. For best results, we recommend getting a selfie stick that is specially made for camera use like this one [R].
However, if yours came with the phone holder attached, try removing this by rotating it counter-clockwise to locate the screw. This is where you attach the camera.
When using a selfie stick that comes with a holder, there are 2 things you need to watch out for:
- If you’ve tried to gently but firmly remove the holder and it still won’t come off, there’s a chance that your selfie stick might not be made for camera use.
- Check if the screw is compatible with your camera. Some screws will ONLY FIT the camera holder the selfie stick came with.
Attach your camera firmly and securely on the selfie stick. DON’T FORCE IT, though!
REMEMBER: It’s cheaper and easier to buy a new selfie stick than a new camera if that accidentally falls and breaks!
Make sure your selfie stick has a holder. If you want the flexibility of using both a camera AND a mobile phone, get a monopod that’s made for that.
- Take your holder and pull the 2 clips apart. It should do this easily because of the spring inside it.
- Then, just fit your phone securely onto the holder. It’s best to position it so that the holder is holding onto the MIDDLE of your device.
- If your holder has a padded clip, the steps are the same, except that instead of sandwiching your device in the middle of the 2 spring-loaded clips, you’ll be using the padded clip to secure it on the selfie stick.
- Either way, let go of the clips only when you’re sure your mobile phone is tight and securely attached.
- Try to wiggle it around while it’s in the clip to test the placement and adjust the angle. It should be tight enough that it won’t fall on its own, but NOT SO MUCH that you’ll have trouble when turning it or when you slide it out after taking your photos.
- Once you’re happy with it, TIGHTEN the screw to lock your device in place.
- If you’re using a wired selfie stick, this is when you attach it to the headphone jack.
WARNING: If you have a big phone like a big Samsung Galaxy Plus Android phone, some selfie sticks may not work for you due to the following reasons.
- The bracket may be TOO SMALL.
- The stick may be UNABLE TO CARRY the device’s weight.
So before buying a selfie stick, check whether it can fit the Android or iPhone you’re planning to use as a camera for your videos or selfies.
Whether you want to take a selfie, a group photo, or maybe even a video, you’ll need to extend the selfie stick to frame your photo subjects properly. This is easy enough.
Just keep one hand on the bottom of the holder and the other on top. Gently pull so that the monopod can easily slide to extend or contract as you need.
Test the connection by taking a few practice shots with your camera and remote or selfie stick. Once everything’s working, you’re ready to start taking those selfies.
PRO TIP: If the remote doesn’t work, try downloading a camera app so you can set a camera timer manually.
There are two kinds of selfie sticks available on the market. The exact steps on how to use it will depend on what type you have. Let us break it down for you.
The wired selfie stick works by attaching the stick to the headphone jack of your phone. The good side? It’s basically foolproof. You don’t need to worry about Bluetooth or pairing. Why so?
- It requires ZERO charging.
- It’s compatible with any device, as long as it has a headphone jack.
Unlike the wired kind, the wireless version doesn’t require a headphone jack.
It uses Bluetooth to connect to your device. This does require charging, but the wireless type can generally last for a couple of days once fully charged before you’ll need to plug them in again.
The biggest downside to these wireless sticks is that the Bluetooth connection can be finicky. Plus, some have an iPhone vs. Android issue, where it works with Android devices but not Apple ones.
In this case, it’s best to look at the reviews of the selfie stick you’re planning to buy to check if it’s compatible with your Bluetooth device first.
Now armed with the knowledge and techniques for using your Bluetooth selfie stick monopod, get ready to embark on a journey of capturing amazing selfies that transcend mere photographs. These moments frozen in time aren’t just shots; they hold the power to preserve cherished memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.
As you extend the monopod and position yourself in the frame, think about the stories and emotions you want to convey. With each click of the shutter, you have the opportunity to capture not only your physical presence but also the essence of the moment—the laughter, the joy, the adventures shared with loved ones.
So, go forth and create self-portraits that speak volumes about who you are and the experiences that have shaped you. Let your selfies become windows into your world, where your unique perspective shines through. Embrace the creativity and freedom that the selfie stick offers, and watch as your memories transform into visual masterpieces.
Remember, these selfies are more than just photographs; they are glimpses into the tapestry of your life. Share them, treasure them, and let them remind you of the incredible moments you’ve lived. Now, grab your Bluetooth selfie stick monopod, step into the frame, and let your selfies tell stories that will be cherished for generations to come.