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Smartphone photography has grown so much in the past few years. Led by Apple, iPhoneography is a well established genre in the world of photography.
Much the same way users of other cameras do, many of us are looking for iPhone photography accessories and other smartphone photography accessories to enhance our photographic experience.
5 Top Smartphone Camera Accessories for 2020
Using the right photography accessories, photographers can engage in a lot of techniques and methods. Some camera accessories let you make long exposures, some are artificial lighting, others may be related to the A/V capabilities of modern cameras including smartphone cameras.
OctoPad Camera Support
Think of this patent-pending unique small camera support as the alternative to carrying a tripod. Mobile devices are meant to be mobile. But sometimes that mobility puts us in a situation where we need to support or iPhone camera with something other than our hands.
Photographers have been making use of some form of camera support since the inception of photography for the masses in the mid-1800s. Tripods were designed into extremely useful and very portable devices.
What makes the OctoPad one of the best iPhone photography accessories is that it is small, easy to use, inexpensive, and it really holds your smartphone camera securely in many situations.
It is a non-slip, weighted pad that can be placed on nearly any surface, and it has a ball and socket head. You can attach any number of mounting adapters to it, including a smartphone holder. It’s not a suction cup, the weight and the non-slip material is what holds it in place.
Since the cost is very budget friendly, you could combine several together to accomplish what you need to do. As an example, if you are filming remotely for your YouTube channel, use an OctoPad for your phone to free up your hands, one to hold a microphone close to your subject, and another OctoPad for your auxiliary light source.
Hakutatz Portable LED Light
A primary concern for many of our potential images is the lighting. We need to make sure we have enough light and that the light is placed where it needs to be. The Hakutatz battery powered portable LED light is one of the photography accessories iPhoneographers should be aware of.
This portable light is one of the best iPhone photography accessories to have for several reasons. It’s battery powered and portable, it emits low heat, is energy efficient, has very bright LED bulbs, it has multiple color options, and it can be controlled by our smartphone with an app.
With one or more of these awesome lights, we can have complete control over our smartphone photography. Even though our smartphone cameras are amazing, the lenses are slow by their very nature. So, we often would get better results for still images and video by adding an artificial light source.
The multiple color capability of this small LED light is for more than special effects. With the smartphone app, we can dial in the proper color temperature to match the ambient light. This allows for our artificial light to blend in perfectly with the entire scene.
Great photos need great light, and despite the incredible advances in the cameras and software on iPhones, the tiny flash just doesn’t cut it.
That’s why the Hakutatz pocket-sized LED light is one of the most useful smartphone camera accessories we could find.
Bamoer 22x Telephoto Lens Kit
Our smartphone cameras have high-quality lenses, but they are limited compared to interchangeable lens cameras. Several manufacturers have figured out ways to add extra lenses to smartphones. Many of these lens kits fit Samsung, iPhone, Google, and other brand smartphones, making them great smartphone photography accessories.
There are several good choices, but I liked the Bamoer 22X Telephoto Lens Kit for its huge range of focal length alternatives to our built-in lens.
The most noticeable item in the kit is that super telephoto attachment. Magnifying 22X is the equivalent of using a 1,100mm lens on a 35mm full frame camera. That’s a whole lot of telephoto. Using the included small tripod or a mount like the OctoPad is essential for that much telephoto power.
Lenses also included in the kit are a macro for ultra-close focusing, an ultra-wide angle, and an extreme wide-angle 180-degree fisheye lens. As smartphone camera accessories go, this choice will expand your photographic options quite a bit.
Wireless Lavalier Microphone
YouTubers, vloggers, and anyone else using their smartphone for video recording will benefit from a remote mic. One of the easiest to implement is a wireless lavalier mic system.
Using this will improve the audio quality of your recording immensely. Other options to consider are lightweight shotgun mics that you would use from camera position.
Audio is a vital part of any video we shoot, so this idea fits perfectly with the best smartphone camera accessories we may consider.
Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Power Pack
All of these smartphone photography accessories and iPhone videography gear tend to draw a lot of power, draining our phones batteries. If not actually functioning by means of our phone battery, the increased amount of time we spend using all these cool gadgets means we use more power.
Therefore, an external, extra source of electronic power can really come in handy. One of the better models we found is the Anker PowerCore 10000. It operates with many different mobile devices, allowing you to stay out in the field longer, making movies or capturing images.
Other iPhone Photography Accessories
We included the top 5 that can give you the most versatility in your smartphone photography. Other accessories you might find useful are bags, waterproof cases and sleeves, remote controls, and awesome editing apps.
Adapting one or more of these items to your iPhoneography will enhance your photographic experience and could enable you to take your photos and videos to the next level!