Today’s smartphones are impressive devices in and of themselves, but they are also outstanding cameras and are quickly approaching what you can achieve with standalone point-and-shoot and even DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras.
This is thanks to great lenses, processors and more importantly, computational photography that combine to make photos and videos better than ever on smartphones.
On their own, many modern smartphones come with an astounding number of features for taking great photos and video. Wide aperture lenses, optical image stabilization, built-in flash, slo-mo or panoramic image capabilities as well as the ability to capture RAW photos and even 4K video.
Add the number of apps available for pre-and post-processing as well as the gamut of social media services for sharing and distribution and it seems almost outdated to want to consider a standalone point-and-shoot or DSLR camera over a camera phone.
They say that the best camera is the one you have with you, this is another reason why smartphones are the best go-to option for capturing images and video. What hasn’t changed are the basics of photography.
Exposure and lighting, proper framing and focus are the make or break elements behind every picture’s success and here are some gifts that help make great photos and videos.
A gimbal is like a smart selfie stick which compensates for movement and ensures that you’re shooting vibration-free video.
The SPG 360” is a good example of a powered 3-Axis stabilizer which makes using a smartphone for shooting video feel and look more natural.
Ideal for capturing moving scenes or recreating the tracking-shot aesthetic used in TV and film, this makes smartphone video look more professional.
The majority of what could be great pictures have become mediocre because they are either off-centre, blurred or skewed.
A tripod (used in conjunction with your camera’s timer) ensures crisp, ultra-detailed photos and videos every time.
Joby’s GripTight One GP is designed to fit most smartphone sizes and can be angled in various ways.
From taking portraits, shooting videos or using special features like time-lapse mode or stop-motion video, a tripod is such a smart, simple solution that can help create better content truly worth sharing.
Olloclip STUDIO for iPhone brings a protective case that ensures your expensive smartphone has a better chance of surviving drops and scratches, but it also integrates various attachment for lenses, lights, and microphones.
Olloclip lenses are the standard for adding wide-angle and macro capabilities to existing smartphones. Serious phone photographers do need to have these in their arsenal. The ability to add a range of lights, mics and other accessories makes it ideal for creating a video rig or a more specialized shooting set-up. Adding accessories or mixing and matching are much easier with the Olloclip system specially when used with the set below
Olloclip Core Lens Set with ollo Case for iPhone 7/7 Plus
The Core lens set for the iPhone 7/7Plus and iPhone 8/8Plus is a great addition to any iPhone photographer’s toolkit.
For taking detailed macro photos of plants, food or insects, fisheye photos and videos as well as wider angle photos are all possible with this kit which is both compact and designed to work with iPhones.
Bestlight® Ultra-Bright LED 36 Camera / Video Light with Rechargeable Battery Pack and Charger for Canon, Nikon, Olympus
LED lights are bright, energy efficient and they don’t get hot.
They are ideal companions for shooting video in dark scenes and can help in side lighting portraits or ensuring product shots get all the details.
With a lifespan (up to 50,000 hours) Highly efficient, power-saving, low energy consumption Stable color temperature after a long time uses Automatic IT circuit control support Utilizes imported IC technology Large brightness range.
For getting first-person video while riding a bike, skateboard or kayak, the ChestR iPhone mount by HITCASE is an ideal accessory for active videographers.
You’re not alone if you have trouble maneuvering your iPhone while holding a kayak paddle or your handlebars. The Hitcase ChestR mount is here to help. Perfect for filming your adventures whether it be on a bike, surfboard or mid-paddle — the comfortable fit and quick release mount system will help you get the shot.
The Hitcase ChestR mount is made of waterproof, comfortable neoprene. It features a no tangle adjustable strap, so you won’t have to stop what you’re doing.
The railside quick mount can easily rotate your phone to get whatever shot you want and a convenient stow pocket provides a place to keep your cards safe.
Turn your iPhone 6/6s/7/8 into a filmmaking device with the black iOgrapher Mobile Media Case. Made from durable polycarbonate and ABS plastic, this case sports a threaded ring that accepts lens attachments with 37mm diameter mounting threads.
Its handles provide additional stability while the two accessory shoes at the top allow you to mount lighting and audio equipment for a complete filmmaking experience.
An easy-in, easy-out clip system helps you quickly install your device. The included lens clip enables you to use iOgrapher lenses on your device’s front and back cameras. In addition, you can mount the case onto any standard tripod, monopod, or portable dolly for stability via the 1/4″-20 thread at the bottom. A second 1/4″-20 threaded hole lets you film in portrait mode.
The selfie stick may sometimes be ridiculed by some, but it is still a great accessory, especially for shooting wider angle selfies or group selfie shots.
Simple to use and easy to deploy, the Vidpro Selfie stick has a shutter release button to ensure you can frame and shoot the image accurately.
You can easily take selfies with this Vidpro selfie stick monopod. It measures 40″ long, so you’ve got lots of reach to capture the perfect angle. It includes a phone holder with a shutter release for compatible iPhones and Samsung smartphones. It also comes with a GoPro HERO adapter.
These are just some useful accessories that will make great gifts for smartphone photographers looking to take better photos and videos.