If you’re as photogenic as we are (see picture) then you never want to miss a chance to snap your own portrait.
a) Bring a friend wherever you go. (Might work for us–but you’ve seen how annoying we can be.)
b) Place your camera on a flat surface (if you can find one), set the timer (if you can figure out how), hope the wind does not blow, knock your $250 camera over and crack the lens.
c) Take the picture yourself. Stick your arm out as far as it will go in that weird bendy position. Snap photo, review photo, delete photo, repeat.
Now there’s a better way. The XShot, a stainless-steel rod that extends out to three feet.
Michael Daoud came up with the idea while on holiday in Paris. He took a picture of himself and his wife in front of the Louvre and, you guessed it, managed to capture just a smidgen of that memorable edifice in his photograph. Sacre bleu, he thought. Or words to that effect.
The $25 XShot can be adjusted to fit all compact digital cameras with the help of a thumb screw. There’s an adjustable angle knob that makes it easy to get that panoramic shot without hyperextending your elbow.
The best part: the XShot collapses to just nine inches, you can fit it in a bag and you don’t have to walk around Paris like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Of course, you’re going to look pretty silly posing by the Seine at the end of a portable camera boom. Don’t worry. Those French people are going to laugh at you no matter what.