Cameras have become a pocket necessity. Attached to your phone (which may or may not be attached to you) is something that can snap every moment and document the entirety of your life.
And as technology improves the cameras on your phone are getting better, to the point where they surpass the Nikon you bought five years ago. However, there are still some things that a phone just doesn’t quite get right. The flash on your iPhone is just rubbish, the lens is limited.
Well we have done a bit of research and those problems are ultimately on their way to being solved. Here are 5 top gadgets that will help you get the most out of your phones camera.
1. Clip-on LensThere is no need to be limited by the lens on your phone. There are numerous lenses for both android and iPhone on the market today that will expand the horizon of you phone photography.
To start with there’s probably the most well-known of clip-on lenses, the Olloclip. Most popular is the 4-in-1, available for the various permutations of iPhone 4 through 6 as well as Samsung Galaxy S4 and 5. Through a clever bit of engineering, the 4-in-1 lens packs in a fisheye, a wide-angle, a 10x macro and a 15x macro, all of which work on both the front and rear cameras. There’s no real set-up – you do quite literally just clip them on and shoot away
2. An External Flash
Your native flash is crap. Accept this and move on. Poor lighting does not have to be the end of your budding photographic career though.
Try using a Pocket Spotlight for example, from the folks at Photojojo, the Pocket Spotlight is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a constant light source that will clip onto your smartphone and, yes, fit in your pocket. Make portraits with pop, or add dramatic lighting to video.
3. A Mini Tripod
Nobody likes blurry photos, and frankly they are just unnecessary. Don’t spoil your images because you can’t keep your hand steady.
You should try using one of the many tripod options available for your smartphone. If you’re after more adventurous compositions that may involve dangling your phone from branches or mighty high cliffs then the Joby Gorillapod is an obvious choice. A cool grippy tripod with malleable legs, the Gorillapod can be contorted and arranged to cling to almost anything.
For something simpler, we might advise something like the Manfrotto Pixi. These diminutive tripods are pefect for using on tabletops for a steady base.
4. A Remote Shutter Release
You’ve got your tripod set up, the compositions glorious, only one thing is missing from the photo… you. Free yourself from behind the camera and jump in front, you know you want to.
What you need is a remote shutter release. Does exactly what it says on the tin. A small and compact way to expand your triggering options.
5. A Case
You don’t need to stick to a generic phone case with minions plastered on the back. This serves no purpose (aside from looking awesome). You can now get phone cases that come with in-built lenses and whistles and all sorts, such as the Manfrotto Klyp+ range.
Or even get your iPhone a a water proof case and save a few bob on a Go-Pro.