These days, it’s just as much about the gadgets as it is about the camera itself. Invented to make photographers’ lives simpler or, perhaps, a bit more exciting, photo camera accessories comprise a market of their own. From incredible, experience-elevating technical updates to irresistible gimmicks, we’ve picked ten photo camera accessories that will make your hobby even more exciting than it already is!
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the lack of proper lighting really undermines a potentially great shot? Whether you’re a DSLR professional or an analogue hobbyist, Manfrotto Lumimuse 6 is here to alleviate the process and make more great photos happen! Using 6 powerful LEDs to illuminate your snaps, it’s an aluminium-made gadget that’s rechargeable with a regular USB cable. The most obvious advantage? The portability provided by its convenient size!
Luxi Light Meter
A truly odd-looking tool, the Luxi Light Meter has actually more to do with your smartphone than the camera itself. What this little technical feat does is an incredibly accurate measuring of the given lighting conditions. Once the measurements have been made, it will tell you all about the necessary aperture settings and the recommended shutter speed, paving way for a perfectly exposed shot! The item comes with the special Luxi app, which has a simple, easily comprehensible interface that will come in handy for both digital and analogue shooters.
How about having a studio in your portmanteau? Foldio is a foldable, portable photo studio solution that allows any smartphone user to take genuinely professional-looking photos. Coming in two variations (Foldio 10” and 15”), it’s a simple mini-studio that works best for product shots. Its greatest addition probably is the built-in LED strips that are adjustable according to your needs. The foldable studio comes together with a special Foldio app which provides the user with a variety of photo editing features. All in all, it’s a must for those whose professional life depends on quick and mobile marketing promotions.
iPro Lens System from Schneider Optics
It’s 2018 and including camera accessories that are designed solely for smartphone cameras makes more than just perfect sense. With that in mind, we present the iPro Lens System, a set of lenses designed to make your mobile photography even more impressive. Suitable for both Apple products and devices that employ Android, the iPro Lens System will be a perfect update to the kit for those who pick the smartphone camera as their weapon of choice!
9in Black Fiber Optic
Of all the light painting tools available, the Black Fiber Optic Lighting Brush strikes with its uncanny resemblance to a regular brush. That, however, says nothing about its technical capabilities. Once you’ve done a long exposure portrait shot using it, you’ll be hooked. By stroking this peculiar tool in the air, you’ll create subtle yet visually effective imagery reminiscent of actual paintbrush strokes. Note that you have to use it together with a light emitting device (the one you insert in the handle to illuminate the end of each strand).
Hahnel UniPal Extra
The ultimate charging solution, Hahnel UniPal Extra pretty much eliminates the need for a bundle of wires and cables that can take up so much precious bag space. Functioning as a charger and a power bank in a single gadget, Hahnel UniPal Extra is compatible with 300 (!) types of batteries and comes with an in-car cable. It’s pretty much the ultimate photographer’s companion, something that not only significantly facilitates the process but also can be yours for a relatively low price.
Megaverse iPhone Anti-Gravity Case
Going back to smartphone photography, the Megaverse iPhone Anti-Gravity Case is a very interesting concept that was created by a company called Mega Tiny and funded via a Kickstarter campaign. Essentially, it’s a cover that has a nano-suction surface on its back, making your phone mountable to practically any surface you desire. The goal of this invention is to make the selfie-taking process a hands-free experience. Although it may not initially sound like much, think of all the situations when this invention could have helped you. There should really be some.
Bluetooth Selfie Remote Shutter
Continuing and somewhat elaborating on the previous device, Zodiac Pro Evolution Bluetooth Remote Shutter is the last missing piece of the perfect puzzle. Without the interference of any app, Bluetooth Selfie Remote Shutter connects with any iOS or Android mobile device and is ready for use. With a range of 30 feet, the device is the perfect gadget for situations when the photo involves a group of people and requires being taken at a distance.
Surely, you cannot expect the same kind of quality from an item that’s 1/5 of its full-size sibling. That, however, does not render the Pocket Reflector useless. A tool that can easily fit into a photo bag pocket, the Pocket Reflector provides the same kind of lighting mastering, only on a smaller scale. Simply hold the reflector in your hand while taking a photo, reflecting light on your photo subject and therefore emphasizing all the subtle details. It is a great component for the photo bag of those who prefer mobile photo shooting.
Joby GorillaPod Mini Tripod
A photo accessory that appears on practically every page dedicated to the subject matter, this peculiar looking tripod is the greatest ally of creative photography enthusiasts. With the ability to be bent and shape-shifted in a variety of configurations, Joby GorillaPod can be affixed to practically any surface you see fit. In fact, it can be easily attached to tree branches and any other vertical structure. Long story short, it will help you to get angles you’ve never dreamed of getting.
So, these are the 10 most exciting and useful camera accessories. Whether you’re an analogue, DSLR or smartphone photography enthusiast, the majority of these items will enhance the picture-taking process, turning it into a genuinely creative adventure! Meanwhile, make sure to check our store to have your beautiful photos turned into high-quality print works for incredibly low prices!