Getting a good picture of a toddler, dog or other easily-distracted subject is no easy task. You snap, you whistle, you make funny faces, but in the end you’re often left with nothing more than a blurry picture and a very real relief that nobody else was there to see what just happened.
We’ve featured a number of solutions for overcoming this (e.g. cameras with front-facing LCDs, friendly lens-mounted toys), but a smartphone mount is one of the more versatile ones. After all, you can use it for other purposes when you’re not photographing kids. The Look Lock, shown above, is one such mount on the market.
It’s a simple (almost to the point of being DIY-able) little accessory that allows you to attach your smartphone to your DSLR’s hotshoe, using it to get your distracted subject’s attention. You know how children’s dentist’s offices often have overhead televisions playing cartoons? This is kinda like that.
The Look Lock comes in 7- and 11-inch models for $45 and $50, respectively; and if you get creative, you can find a lot of other uses for the articulating arm than just keeping an infant on point during a shoot.
You could use it as a teleprompter when shooting video, a monitor for previewing photos as soon as they’re shot, a POV video camera mount for documenting your process, and whatever else your mind can come up with.
If any of that sounds intriguing or worth the $50 investment, you can check out the full details and/or snag your own over at Tether Tools’ shop.