If you’re a photography addict, or happen to know someone that has an obsession with photography techniques and camera equipment, here’s a fun list of functional items that can make any photography buff say Cheese!
2-in-1 Clip On Mobile Lens
TECHO Universal Professional HD Camera Lens, $22.99+ free shipping on Amazon within the U.S.
This camera lens is a 2-in-1 tiny clip-on detachable HD lens for mobile phones. It comes with one micro lens for magnifying details at a close range, and one wide angle lens for landscapes.
Compact and travel-friendly, this nifty little clip-on will turn your mobile into a DSLR camera instantly. The high-quality lens reduces glass flare and ghosting caused by reflections and the top-grade aluminum construction increases the durability of the product. The universal detachable clamp design works on most mobile devices.
A great gadget for short vacation trips, this also makes a thrilling gift for any photography enthusiast.
Camera Bag with Compartments
Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW Camera Backpack, $188.99 + free shipping on Amazon within the U.S.
We all know how heavy camera equipment can get! Protect your equipment with the camera backpack by Lowerpro. It fits up to two Pro DSLRs, 8 lenses or speed lights, a 15″ laptop, tripod, and accessories. With all that weight on you, the ProTactic protects your back, delivering targeted support at the shoulder blades, lumbar and waist for comfort on the move.
The bag has four access points: the molded turret-loading top, quick-grab compartments on both sides, and a full, back entry for set-up and security. It also hosts five modular accessories – water bottle pouch, accessory case, tripod cup and two cinch straps – all of which are Slip Lock-compatible. You’ll never miss a shot again as it’s so easy to reach for your camera.
A Pocket-sized Spotlight
Want a pocketful of sunshine? The Pocket Spotlight gives off a soft, even light in three different brightness settings: full strength, half strength and strobe. It fits right into the headphone jack of any device you’re packing and pivots in two directions. The Spotlight even has an internal battery of its very own, so it won’t drain your phone
Use the Pocket Spotlight for dramatic lighting indoors, or take the most flattering selfies in low light conditions. Hold the spotlight off-camera to control shadow direction, and create your best profile pic ever. It also charges up quickly with a USB cable.
A Pocket-sized Mic
The Mighty Mic, $49
Small enough to fit in your pocket, the Mighty Mic is a pro-grade shotgun microphone, shrunken down to pair with your phone for crisper, clearer, higher quality sound. Better than your phone’s built-in mic, its shotgun design picks up sound just where you point it.
Simply mount the mic on your phone’s headphone jack in noisy situations to minimize pesky chatter and buzz. It also includes a foam windscreen to cut wind noise. With a built-in headphone jack of its own, you’re able to hear the audio and adjust as needed while you record.
Bottle Cap Tripod
Need a tripod in a jiff? Grab the nearest soda or water bottle, stick on the Bottle Cap Tripod, and you’re set. The Bottle Cap Tripod has a stretchy rubber socket that fits on top of pretty much any kind of bottle, and a standard-issue tripod screw on the other end that fits most cameras. We recommend that the bottle be at least half full for a sturdy perch. Self-portraits, group photos on self-timer, and steady low-light shots just became a whole lot easier!
Flexible Camera Pod
JOBY Gorillapod SLR Zoom Tripod for DSLR Cameras, $32.90+ free shipping on Amazon within the U.S.
Alien as it looks, this is a must have gadget to support heavier cameras. The JOBY Gorillapod SLR Zoom tripod can hold SLR cameras with zoom lenses weighing up to 3kg, and also fits 360 Cameras like the 360 Fly.
The flexible legs can wrap onto any surface with a secure grip, expanding the range of shots you are capable of capturing. Over two dozen leg joints with rubberized ring and foot grips allow you to bend and rotate 360° for an enhanced stability in difficult terrains. The tripod is made of durable Japanese medical-grade ABS plastic and German TPE for secure joints that will remain firm and grippy after years of shooting.
Lens Thermos Flask
Canon Camera Lens Coffee Mug & 16gb USB Flash Drive, $21.99+ free shipping on Amazon within the U.S.
We admit this isn’t a gadget, but such a detailed replica of the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM camera lens could almost pass as one! Convincingly real, careful not to pack this thermos flask instead of the actual lens when you’re travelling out for a shoot. It’s made with BPA-free food grade PVC plastic exterior and stainless steel interior to keep beverages hot. You’ll also love the miniature camera-shaped 16gb USB Flash Drive included in the set.