Five Must-have Accessories for Photographers

The best camera for capturing compelling photos, emotions and spontaneous events is the one that you carry with you. Fortunately, these days camera phones deliver spectacular imagery, vibrant color palettes and quality pictures, allowing amateur and professional photographers alike to capture those pivotal moments at all times. Obviously there are tons of professional and high quality cameras out there that produce stunning photos, there are also some exceptional accessories available that can make a simple camera phone yield surprisingly similar results.

The right accessories can aid in common problems such as shutter lag, color proportions and blurriness, among others. So, no matter how advanced of a photographer you may be, if you enjoy taking pictures conveniently with your phone’s camera, consider investing in a few of the following accessories to take your images to the next level.

LED Continuous Light Panel

led light

Shed a little light on your subject because the better lit your scene, the clearer your images will be. A handy light panel brightens the subject with superior-quality LED lighting that delivers more natural colors than even direct sunlight. Camera flashes cause strange glares, red eye, disfiguring shadows and unwanted reflections, but LED lighting provides a natural, appealing atmosphere for your finest shots. You can dim the lights to create ideal lighting to enhance your subject and use the panel as emergency flashlight while capturing images during a power blackout.

Extended Photo Lens

extended photo lensZooming in on subjects with the digital zoom provided in your phone impairs shot quality due to pixelation, which is when you see individual pixels as square images. Extended photo lenses for your smartphone or tablet device provide genuine optical zoom and eliminate blurred long-distance and pixelated images. Most lenses come with mini tripods that you can use to stabilize your camera and deliver an even better quality for your scenic and posed shots.

Camera Connection Kit

iphone connection kitTransferring files between a digital camera or iPhone to an iPad device requires a camera connection kit. You can choose among five different ports to transfer your data, and the lightweight kit is easy to carry with you. If recording audio or listening to a headset, most people prefer USB audio interfaces, but Apple products don’t have USB ports. Use the camera connection kit to transfer your data, plug USB devices into your iPad and sync your photos without starting your camera or accessing a laptop or PC.

Wireless Shutter Release Remote

shutter remoteTake self-portraits or appear unexpectedly in your shots like Alfred Hitchcock. Choose instant-release function or time-delay without sacrificing control of when your shutter activates. Combine the features of a remote-control unit and camera without cables. Some models come with separate automatic-focus and shutter-trigger controls and multiple infrared channels to reduce radio interference, which is particularly useful when other photographers are shooting in the same area and generating overlapping signals. Choose a compact model that fits in your hand for traveling convenience.

Digital Photo Frame

digital frameDigital photo frames allow you to display photographs, link with friends and family and view photos when they post on social-sharing forums. Receive pictures on your frame by creating a dedicated email address for the device. Digital frames allow you to store more images, share with friends, and view your shots in greater detail; in real time.