Photography and technology go together like apple pie and butter…no wait…anyway, the fact is that people are discovering the joys of combining smartphones and digital cameras to achieve more with their photographic activities.
The Look Lock is an example of the kind of clever combo which we can see being very useful in the right circumstances. The device is basically an articulated aluminum arm which fits into the hotshoe of any conventional DSLR camera. The other end holds a clamp, which in turn can hold your smartphone, which means you can use the phone for various tasks to help your photographs.
What kind of tasks? Well, what about a looping animation to keep children (or pets) looking at your camera lens for those important portrait shots? Or a makeshift teleprompter for your videos (the free MirrorScript teleprompter app could be useful here) or even to use as an add-on viewfinder to check how you look when doing self portraits or videos.
Our only concern is the extra pressure that a lever like this will put on your hotshoe, while it should be fine for the larger cameras, we would be cautious about using it with smaller bridge cameras or those with less sturdy hotshoe mounts. The product retails at $75.00 and is compatible with any phone, even those with cases. [Via]