Take Better Photos with These Smartphone Accessories

As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you when you want to take a picture. So unless you happen to have a DSLR in your pocket, your phone’s camera is probably your best bet.

That’s not even a bad thing. Phone cameras have improved dramatically in the past decade, to the point where most people don’t need another camera at all.

But if your phone is your primary device for taking pictures and shooting videos, there are a few things you can do to get the best results. Here are five pieces of gear that will make your pictures look better than ever.


Pocket Lens - 2-in-1

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A great way to take your smartphone photos to the next level is to use the appropriate lens for the kind of picture you want to take. This set from Pocket Lens comes with two attachments. One is a macro lens that magnifies the subject, which makes it perfect for taking creative close-up pictures or photos of small things. The other is a wide-angle lens that expands the scope of your distance shots, which is ideal for group photos, landscape shots, or pretty much anything that’s not close up. Both lenses snap on with a universal clip that works on just about any phone, and the set comes a waterproof pouch. Buy a set of lenses here.


JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Stand

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Calling the Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand a tripod does it something of a disservice, because this thing can do much more than a traditional tripod. Its legs are extremely flexible, which lets you position your phone perfectly on any surface, no matter how uneven it is. You can even wrap the legs around a post or tree branch to get the perfect shot. Finally, the clamp is versatile enough that you can use it with any smartphone, whether you have a case on it or not. Buy one here.

Selfie stick

XSories Selfie Stick

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Some people think they’re too good for a selfie stick. You can go ahead and ignore those people because, camera poles really do help you take better photos. They’re great for selfies, sure, but they also come in handy when you want a higher viewpoint or to reach out over a ledge to take a killer shot.

This one from is XSories is one of the best on the market. It extends to three feet, and it comes with a Bluetooth remote that lets you remotely snap pictures on iPhones and Android devices. It collapses down to nine inches and weighs next to nothing, so it’s easy to bring it with you wherever you might take a photo. Buy one here.


Neewer 32 Pcs Mini LED Video Light

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Your phone’s flash is fine in some situations, but underpowered in others. When you need more illumination, a snap-on LED light like this one from Neewer is a great choice. It fits just about any smartphone, and it comes with its own rechargeable battery, so you won’t have to worry about burning through your phone’s power. And with 32 LED lights, it provides a lot more light than your phone could ever hope to produce. Buy one here.

Battery charger

mophie powerstation

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The last thing you want to happen when you’re out taking photos or shooting video on your phone is to run out of batteries. That’s why smart photographers throw an extra power source into their bag before heading out.

This Mophie Powerstation is a perfect choice. It works like a portable wall outlet, but it’s specially made to charge your smartphone as quickly as possible. To keep capturing those precious memories no matter where you are, buy a Mophie Powerstation here.

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