Thanks to Instagram filters, and the plethora of photo editing apps available for download on your smartphones, nearly anyone can take “artsy” photos these days. However, the same principles that applied to film photography for a century still hold true in the digital realm: if you want to take genuinely outstanding photos, a little added effort goes a long way.
With this in mind, here are five simple and cost-effective smartphone accessories that will take your shots to the complete next level without years of required photography training.
Wondering why your phone’s picture quality isn’t as good as say, a DSLR? Well, the first reason is obvious, they are two completely different cameras. But camera lens is another reason. Professional photographers use different lenses for different situations, your smartphone’s camera is stuck with one standard setup. Mix it up with the Acesori 3-in-1 Camera Lens Kit! It includes a fisheye lens, a wide-angle lens, and a macro-lens, all of which attach to your smartphone (iPhones up to the 6S, Samsung, and other mobile devices). Buy now for $9.99, formerly $49.99
The LimeLens includes a 10x macro lens and a 0.67x wide-angle lens that are both compatible with almost any smartphone or tablet currently available in the market today. Buy now for $39.99, reduced from $99
Throw your selfie sticks away people!! The ARMOR X-Mini Flexible Phone Tripod is a rough and tumble tripod that features flexible legs and rubber grip feet that allow you to position your device nearly anywhere. Plus, it includes a Bluetooth shutter remote, letting you take photos from far away. Buy now for $19.99, or 42% off the regular price
You’ve got the perfect shot all set up, framed exactly how you want it – the lighting is just right and your subject is completely in focus, but as you hit the shutter button, your shaky hands suddenly throw everything totally out of whack. Now the moment has come and go, and what’s left is a blurry image, something you never meant for in the first place. Maybe it’s time to get a better grip. The Ztylus Stabilizer Kit adds an ergonomic handle to any smartphone, allowing much better control without disruptive shakiness. Buy now for $21.95, marked down from $29.95
Capturing the right image is only half the battle when it comes to digital photography. Reviewing them, choosing which ones you’ll keep/delete, and editing them to perfection is the other half. The Credit Card Sized Smartphone and Tablet Stand 3-Pack is super helpful for keeping your devices at an ideal viewing level, allowing you to flip through your photos and make the edits you want without hunching over a screen for hours. When you’re done, the stand folds up nice and flat, enough to fit in your wallet – hence the name. Buy now for $19.99 after a 33% reduction
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