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Hello everyone 😊. Well the selfie stick I bought over three years ago for my cancelled Camino in 2020, is not compatible with my bigger phone. Since then I’ve gone from an iPhone 8 to 14 max pro. The pictures and or videos were to be for family and friends and myself (musings on the Meseta perhaps 🤔).

My question. For those who have used one in past caminos for reasons similar to above or currently planning or currently doing a Camino, are you using it and is it giving you what you were expecting it to?

Thanks 🙏
 
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Hello everyone 😊. Well the selfie stick I bought over three years ago for my cancelled Camino in 2020, is not compatible with my bigger phone. Since then I’ve gone from an iPhone 8 to 14 max pro. The pictures and or videos were to be for family and friends and myself (musings on the Meseta perhaps 🤔).

My question. For those who have used one in past caminos for reasons similar to above or currently planning or currently doing a Camino, are you using it and is it giving you what you were expecting it to?

Thanks 🙏
Imagine a Camino where every pilgrim is holding a selfie stick 😄
 
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Imagine a Camino where every pilgrim is holding a selfish stick
There are many many "imagine" scenarios that conjure up weird images. Imagine a Camino where every pilgrim is wearing a hands-free umbrella.

Let's confine the responses to people who have used (or considered taking) selfie sticks and can offer some suggestions from that perspective.
 
I don't take a lot of photos (although my husband does). I would vote no. My family and friends only wanted to know that I was safe and honestly didn't even understand what the Camino was or why I would want to walk 500 miles in Spain. Take photos or videos for yourself, but mostly I find that people glaze over or find an excuse not to have to sit and look at my Camino photos. Maybe take a couple of photos a day if you will keep up a vlog or something to go back nd look at for yourself later? I found even keeping up with a journal was sometimes difficult with long walking days, many new friends to talk to, or interesting things to see in the evening.
 
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I do not have a selfie stick but have a gimbal. This allows you to walk and film at the same time if you were interested in doing videos.
If it is just photos you want, suggest leaving the stick at home.
Even my gimbal was a bit too heavy and I mainly used it to film the churches and the Botafumero in Santiago. Still have not decided if it will be coming along this spring or not. If the money was there, would get one of those little pocket gimbals. Light, unobtrusive, smooth videos.
 
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I never saw anyone use a selfie stick. Seems like a hassle to carry one around. There are always welcoming pilgrims willing to take a picture for you.
I did - in the Sarria to Santiago section. But many of them tended to overpack anyway or in some cases - only had a daypack and shipped their bag forward.
 
I brought one on my last few Camino's, and mostly for vlogging (which I recently started to do). I have to say, the times I used the selfie-stick, I really liked the resulting photos/videos. BUT, it was often easier to just pull out my phone, hold my arm out, and hit record. Those videos are fine! Sometimes I forgot I was even carrying the selfie-stick... but one key, for me, was to keep it in my waist-pack so that it was easily accessible. I think if you're not going to wear a waist-pack or have an easy-ish way of accessing the stick, you might find it to be too much of a hassle to stop, take off your pack, dig around, etc.

Hope you can reschedule your canceled Camino soon! (or maybe you already have!)
 
I have a little handle for my go pro. If I don't use it I get more
footage with my thumb in it. Now, I have a little handle that
folds out to be a short little three legged camera tripod
 
I brought one on my last few Camino's, and mostly for vlogging (which I recently started to do). I have to say, the times I used the selfie-stick, I really liked the resulting photos/videos. BUT, it was often easier to just pull out my phone, hold my arm out, and hit record. Those videos are fine! Sometimes I forgot I was even carrying the selfie-stick... but one key, for me, was to keep it in my waist-pack so that it was easily accessible. I think if you're not going to wear a waist-pack or have an easy-ish way of accessing the stick, you might find it to be too much of a hassle to stop, take off your pack, dig around, etc.

Hope you can reschedule your canceled Camino soon! (or maybe you already have!)
Flying out April 17th ❤️
 
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Thank you so much. I appreciate your time. ❤️ It was to go in my waist pack but after reading your responses and with my own reflection…I’ve decided that i can do without. I was on the fence and my gut was telling me…are you 100% sure. I’m not even 25% sure and THAT cinched it for me.

What a wonderful community of caring people on this forum. 🙏
 
I have never used a selfie stick but can imagine certain situations where it would be handy, especially taking photos around corners ...
You can now buy camera brackets that fix onto hiking poles as well as selfie stick hiking poles - so maybe a Google search? A bracket surely would be very light?
 
Hello everyone 😊. Well the selfie stick I bought over three years ago for my cancelled Camino in 2020, is not compatible with my bigger phone. Since then I’ve gone from an iPhone 8 to 14 max pro. The pictures and or videos were to be for family and friends and myself (musings on the Meseta perhaps 🤔).

My question. For those who have used one in past caminos for reasons similar to above or currently planning or currently doing a Camino, are you using it and is it giving you what you were expecting it to?

Thanks 🙏
I wished for one while walking many times…but not sure I would have been happy carrying it…if small and light enough, yes, especially if solo.
 
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…are you 100% sure. I’m not even 25% sure and THAT cinched it for me.
I wonder if @roamingpaddy 's great selfie made you question the above? I did take one with me in 2017, (but interestingly not on subsequent trips). I remember that I took some great selfies with it. I just skimmed through my photo album of that camino, and yes, they were good, but curiously there were only 5 selfies out of a couple of hundred photos . So...
 
I remember taking a picture with myself in it on the first day of a camino, and then never again afterwards. I’d much rather have an uncluttered picture of the countryside than one focused on me. But you like what you like.
 
Hi! On our Camino Frances in 2014 I took a lot of selfies, and timed photos by using my hiking pole and two fat rubber bands. I stuck the hiking pole on the ground, attached my phone to the pole with the rubber bands, making sure not to cover the lenses, set the timer and that was it! Or found a flat place to place the phone. Done, rubber bands back in the pocket, no investment of selfie stick or extra heavy equipment! Hope this helps! Buen Camino!

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A tale of personal selfie sticks: on my first Camino, I got a lightweight, Bluetooth enabled stick that I diligently charged every evening and carried in my waist pack. Every single time I tried to use it, it never worked. Half way through the Primitivo as my recently found Camino companions lined up for the selfie, it became the running joke. It never worked, not once. Little by little just mentioning selfie stick elicited loud laughs! 😂
I now take a lightweight drone-ish super lightweight thing that is considered a selfie stick called Pixy. I love it! Here is a picture as some Camino friends and me as we were arriving in Obradoiro. @roamingpaddy, Whaddaya say?
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Hello everyone 😊. Well the selfie stick I bought over three years ago for my cancelled Camino in 2020, is not compatible with my bigger phone. Since then I’ve gone from an iPhone 8 to 14 max pro. The pictures and or videos were to be for family and friends and myself (musings on the Meseta perhaps 🤔).

My question. For those who have used one in past caminos for reasons similar to above or currently planning or currently doing a Camino, are you using it and is it giving you what you were expecting it to?

Thanks 🙏
I bought one to bring to my first Camino. Big mistake… I never used it and it became weight I didn’t need. I’m only 103 pounds and every ounce counts.

If you already use it often and don’t mind carrying it, then you might want to bring it along. Otherwise, not worth the weight.
 
Hi! On our Camino Frances in 2014 I took a lot of selfies, and timed photos by using my hiking pole and two fat rubber bands. I stuck the hiking pole on the ground, attached my phone to the pole with the rubber bands, making sure not to cover the lenses, set the timer and that was it! Or found a flat place to place the phone. Done, rubber bands back in the pocket, no investment of selfie stick or extra heavy equipment! Hope this helps! Buen Camino!
THAT is an amazing picture of two happy and content pilgrims ❤️
 
On my first camino I had no selfie stick and that was totally fine. The occasional shot with myself in it would be done by fellow pilgrims who just happened to be around. I did not miss the stick at all. On the up upcoming camino I might be vlogging, hence I will need a selfie stick. Just for photos and the occasional video of some Easter procession I would not bring it.
 
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A tale of personal selfie sticks: on my first Camino, I got a lightweight, Bluetooth enabled stick that I diligently charged every evening and carried in my waist pack. Every single time I tried to use it, it never worked. Half way through the Primitivo as my recently found Camino companions lined up for the selfie, it became the running joke. It never worked, not once. Little by little just mentioning selfie stick elicited loud laughs! 😂
I now take a lightweight drone-ish super lightweight thing that is considered a selfie stick called Pixy. I love it! Here is a picture as some Camino friends and me as we were arriving in Obradoiro. @roamingpaddy, Whaddaya say?
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Sadly here is the latest on the Pixy device. Announced august 2022

Pixy, currently priced at $250 apiece, remains available for purchase in the U.S. for now (presumably until inventory runs out). According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, Spiegel informed staffers in a recent Q&A session that the Pixy project was getting scrapped as part of a reprioritization of company resources.
 
Pixy project was getting scrapped as part of a reprioritization of company resources.
It’s not the first time Snapchat, the parent company, has done this with products that are successful. I bought 2 extra batteries just in case. It is a lot of fun to use and people of all ages seem to be fascinated when it takes flight from the palm of my hand and returns. See the faces of onlookers in Obradoiro.
 
Hello everyone 😊. Well the selfie stick I bought over three years ago for my cancelled Camino in 2020, is not compatible with my bigger phone. Since then I’ve gone from an iPhone 8 to 14 max pro. The pictures and or videos were to be for family and friends and myself (musings on the Meseta perhaps 🤔).

My question. For those who have used one in past caminos for reasons similar to above or currently planning or currently doing a Camino, are you using it and is it giving you what you were expecting it to?

Thanks 🙏
I took a carried a selfie stick with me my 2019 Camino. Everyone around me would tool their eyes every time I threatened to use it. At about 409 miles I decided to ignore my camino friends and dig it out of my pack back and take a group photo. Alas, it was broken and useless. All that unnecessary weight.🙄
 
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I do not have a selfie stick but have a gimbal. This allows you to walk and film at the same time if you were interested in doing videos.
If it is just photos you want, suggest leaving the stick at home.
Even my gimbal was a bit too heavy and I mainly used it to film the churches and the Botafumero in Santiago. Still have not decided if it will be coming along this spring or not. If the money was there, would get one of those little pocket gimbals. Light, unobtrusive, smooth videos.
A Gopro camera in a harness on your breast is a nice option
Used it on 4 of my caminhos
 
I’d just mention that if you have an iPhone and Apple Watch you can set up the phone on a convenient object and trigger the camera from the watch. I presume other combinations of phones and watches can do similar.
I stopped wearing a watch at 17. Had a really boring summer job and kept counting the minutes away lol. But your idea is good to know. Thanks
 
When you take pictures, be sure to rotate the camera to landscape mode, particularly for video. Portrait is alright for stills but for video it doesn't play back very well on TVs, taking up only the middle 1/3 of the screen.

My son did Camino del Norte last year. He used a magnetic camera mount from his car, the kind that fits into the A/C vents on the dash. He used a clip from a bicycle rear red light to attach it to his walking stick. He would walk along with the stick and when he wanted a selfie he just stuck his iPhone onto the magnetic mount, set the timer and took the picture. He also took video as he walked along and provided a narration for where he had spent the night and where that day's destination was. It made for some great video and I put in stills between the video segments.

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I bought a bluetooth enabled selfie stick and took the top off and attached it to one of my poles so I had it hand all the time, the reach wasn’t as good as the stick but happy enough. The trick is the make these things handy otherwise you will not use them
 
I guess I am old.....I brought a camera (remember those things?) and in 2014 I decided to take one selfie a day of my wife and me on the trek. My wife was not happy about that. But later, when we had finished and were home and reminiscing about the Camino she said they were her favorite pics! They showed emotions that were honest and true! Not all happy but that is the way. No stick, no fancy stuff. Just a long arm! Unfortunately now she is gone....but those pix are with me always. I have literally 1000's of landscape, cathedrals, etc but the ones that count to me me are the selfies.
 
Personally - not worth the extra weight for me. Sure - it would be nice to have better selfies - but the hand held camera/phone selfies are great reminders/memories of your trip too.

You could always ask someone to take a few good photos of you...
Even a professional would struggle to take a good photo of me! I'm happy to photograph the scenery.
 
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I bought a bluetooth enabled selfie stick and took the top off and attached it to one of my poles so I had it hand all the time, the reach wasn’t as good as the stick but happy enough. The trick is the make these things handy otherwise you will not use them
By any chance is it Fugetek stick? I have one of those and the small remote is very handy to just keep in your pocket, turn it on and press the button to take a pic. Can you post a pic of how you mounted the top part to your walking stick?
 
I guess I am old.....I brought a camera (remember those things?) and in 2014 I decided to take one selfie a day of my wife and me on the trek. My wife was not happy about that. But later, when we had finished and were home and reminiscing about the Camino she said they were her favorite pics! They showed emotions that were honest and true! Not all happy but that is the way. No stick, no fancy stuff. Just a long arm! Unfortunately now she is gone....but those pix are with me always. I have literally 1000's of landscape, cathedrals, etc but the ones that count to me me are the selfies.
I have a camera (Nikon Coolpix) that I wear in a holster on my belt. I always have my phone and although it's older (Samsung S8) it takes great pics and videos in HD. The Nikon can't do that, plus it's just extra weight and something to keep track of. Since I got the S8 in 2018 I find that I'm using the Nikon less and less.
I totally agree on the selfies being worth it. I'm 1 of about 12 guys that have been going on 2-3 fishing trips every year since the mid-80s. It's the pics of the people and not the scenery that are most important to us. I have maintained a web site for many years and the guys love to visit it and reminisce.
 
I'm not a SS user, but I am a photographer. Your friends and family have a pretty good idea what you look like, share some photos that relate something about your experience. Try to tell a story, maybe including a brief caption. Occasionally ask someone you trust to take your photo with your device, so your F&F can see how happy your are.
 

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