Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat...the list goes on. One of the best ways to stand out on social media is to have consistently stellar photographs. The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” has never been more true when it comes to social media, especially regarding sites with limited character usage. So, if all iPhones (of the same edition) are created equal, then what are some ways to always be ready to take an above average photo? We have just the list of gadgets to answer that question.
Remote Shutter Release
A remote shutter release will make taking photos where your iPhone needs to sit still without being touched easy, as well as make getting photos of yourself in pictures easier. With a remote shutter release, you’ll be able to hold your phone at any angle without your finger having to be on the volume button or shutter button of your phone, or sit your phone at a distance (where the remote remains usable) and still be able to activate the shutter release on your device. The less you have to think about holding your phone while being able to tap the shutter button, the more you can think about the best angle you need with the freedom of an essentially no-hands device.
Suggestion: iPhone - iSnapx Remote
Extra Money to Spend: Muku Shuttr
An external iPhone lens most likely won’t provide a better photo than a really nice DSLR camera, but carrying around a bulky DSLR camera might not be at the top of your list either. So if you’re not into carrying around a bulky DSLR with all kinds of settings go for the next best thing. External lenses can allow your iPhone to capture macro, wide-angle, and fish-eye shots. They’re also really fun to play with if you’re a photography aficionado. The lens we’ve suggested is as easy as clipping on and clipping off. Perfect for an ‘in the moment’ shot.
Suggestion: Camkix 3 in 1 Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit
Extra Money to Spend: Moment Lenses
Portable Light Source
If you’re going to get a gadget on this list, we highly suggest a portable light source. All aspiring photographers and photographers alike should know lighting is everything. With that being said, they should also know that you’re not always graced with the perfect lighting. So, to remedy that issue, just bring your own light with you. You’ll never have to worry about a grainy nighttime photo or funny shadows showing up around your face again.
Suggestion: Taousa 70119 Universal Led Fill-in Light
Extra Money to Spend: The Pocket Spotlight by Photojojo
Don’t laugh at us yet. A selfie stick can be used for shots far beyond just selfies. Did you ever think of them as an arm extension when you’re not tall enough to take a photo over people’s heads at a concert? See, selfie sticks don’t have to be all about getting that perfect picture of yourself. With that being said, if you do or are planning to use a selfie stick, be respectful of the people around you and proceed with caution. If your selfie stick is Bluetooth compatible like the one we suggest below, a photo capturing you in your greater surroundings will be as easy as 1...2...3...cheese!
Suggestion: Mpow Selfie Stick
Extra Money to Spend: Selfie Stick by The Alaska Life
Setting your phone up in the perfect position is not always easy—especially if you’re trying to get a specific height and angle at the same time. A tripod will help you get just that, the perfect height and angle, all while offering sturdy support. These are great if you’re a fan of long exposures or cool time-lapse videos where the phone has to be perfectly still for an elongated period of time. The Joby GorillaPod even wraps around objects making even the hardest angles easy to capture.
Suggestion: Joby GorillaPod
Extra Money to Spend: Lollipod
Trying to capture the perfect close-up of a waterfall or holding your phone out over a pool might cause severe anxiety as to whether or not your phone will make it out alive. You can ease some of that anxiety with a waterproof case. Of course, even the highest rated waterproof cases are hard to trust when you have so much valuable information stored on your phone. So if you’re really looking for a portable camera that can withstand the elements (and you don’t have to worry about losing your contacts) then we suggest a GoPro. Otherwise…
Extra Money to Spend: If you’re looking for something more specific for capturing adventurous outings, we suggest investing in a GoPro. They even have a GoPro Hero Session, their simplest, most portable GoPro yet.
Try them all or try a few. There’s something on this list for all levels of iPhone photographers. Take the time to learn how to use your gadgets properly and you’ll be effortlessly producing amazing photos for social media in no time.
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