Anyone who has been reading The Evolista knows that we’re fans of iPhone photography. We wrote about Taking Better Vacation Pictures with an iPhone and How We Edit Photos on the iPhone so it only makes sense that we’d talk about our iPhone Photo Accessories. With the holidays on the horizon, iPhone Accessories make terrific gifts at every price point.
Being someone who was anti selfie stick forever, it’s amazing what a game changer it was when I finally bought one for a solo trip. Even when you are with another person, the ability to get a steady shot is greatly improved using a selfie stick or tripod.
The Fugetek is made with high quality, lightweight materials, extends to 51” with easy to use thumb locks, doubles as a tripod, and easily fits in a carry on or daypack. It can be used with most smart phones including the case. Pairing the Bluetooth remote with your phone is simple and the remote clips into the base so it doesn’t get lost. We even use it now for group family photos.
Pro Tip: Don’t buy the selfie sticks that people sell near tourist attraction. They are typically complete junk at the same price as a good one like this.
Never let your phone slip out of your hand again! This ring adheres securely to the back of your phone and adds so much functionality. It lets you get a safe grip on your phone for selfies or just holding your phone in general. It will also has a kick stand feature to prop up for photos, making a video, watching movies or for cooking a recipe. I feel like I sound like an infomercial but another awesome feature is that it will work with this magnetic mount to your attach to your dashboard while driving. Great for navigation or hands free use. It comes in multiple colors.
All that said, I still use a PopSocket collapsible grip that my son gave me. It’s not as pretty as this one but it still works and I like it.
If you haven’t upgraded to the iPhone 11 Pro, you have probably wished your phone had better zoom or the ability to take a wide angle shot? These little clip on lenses that open up the world of possibilities.
This mini lens kit comes with a 20X telephoto lens which is great for moderate to long distances, a 0.5X wide angle lens to get more in your shot, a 25X macro lens for incredible detail, a 205º fisheye lens, a small tripod and a padded, zip-up case (6.5 x 2 x 3.5 inches) to hold it all. It’s so small and portable that you can keep it in your backpack or suitcase.
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This is tripod #3 in our list of iPhone Photo accessories, so why would you need it? If you have the selfie stick tripod above, you would only want this because it can grasp onto things like a handrail. If you are getting the lens kit above that comes with the small tripod, you might want this because of the bluetooth remote and the flexibility. Realistically though, you will probably only get this if you are not getting either of the tripods above.
This durable tripod stand has high density 10” legs that can be twisted and bent to set on uneven surfaces or attach to something like a rail fence without falling. It comes with an easy to use Bluetooth remote that works up to 30’ ft away. It works with phones up to 3.9” wide.
One of the best international travel accessories to protect every beautiful iPhone photo.. When you’re out of the country, your photos aren’t always getting backed up to iCloud. There’s nothing worse than losing precious trip photos or worse yet, your phone and this small drive will give you some peace of mind.
It can also hold more than 80 movies that you can just plug into your phone to watch. When you’re in a country with no English TV, you’ll be thankful to have this little baby along for the ride.
We recently started making fun one minutes videos of our trips with our iPhones. It didn’t take long to realize that we needed something to hold the phone and a way to upgrade the sound.
This is the perfect microphone and video rig to get started. It basically turns your phone into a video camera with this external mic. The mounting clamp fits phones that are 2.2-3.6″ wide. It easily attaches to you phone, has a padded handle which allows you to hold with ease, and a built in level to keep your videos steady.
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If you are ready to go beyond the basic set up for videos or are planning to move around a lot while filming, this gimbal will give your videos smoother, cinematic quality. Pan to the left and right or up and down. Use it riding a skateboard or running. With its follow mode, you can select a person and active track will follow them while you are filming. It’s easy to mount your phone to and has a battery that lasts up to 15 hours.
This little Selfie Light clips right on the top of your phone. It’s small size lets you easily take it anywhere. The brightness is adjustable with 3 settings. Whether you’re filming Instagram stories or trying to take selfies with the girls at a restaurant, you’ll be so glad you have the extra light. It will highlight you and darken the background behind you for a perfect shot every time. It comes with a rechargeable battery.
Related: How I Edit Photos on an iPhone
Taking good lighting to the next level, the Lume Cube creates professional lighting for iPhone, DSLR, Drone, or action cam.. This pocket-sized (1.5 inch cube) little gem will add a ton of light for your video or photos. It has 10 brightness settings and Bluetooth adds wireless control. It’s also waterproof for those diving videos. Last but not least, it will run for 2.5 hours at 50% brightness and quickly recharges for the next use.
Should You Upgrade or Get New iPhone Photo Accessories
The age old question – is it time to upgrade? We upgrade our phone when we know there will be a significant change in the photos the phone produces. Here’s a very basic assessment of the differences. The iPhone 11 Pro has the ability to take wider angle photos, better low light photos and more capability to control the portrait mode. It also has better video capabilities than the iPhone XS and longer battery life. We both currently use the iPhone XS Max but might consider upgrading one of our phones for the wider angle and better video.
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