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The smartphone in general — and the iPhone in particular — is arguably one of the greatest things to happen to travel photography in the last ten years. In the last two years alone, the number of available accessories has exploded making it possible to carry a virtual mobile photography studio wherever you are in the world. Here are just a few of our favorite bits of kit for the traveling iPhoneographer:
The iPhone 5 and, more recently, iPhone 6 both offer excellent cameras. However, you no longer need to rely on the single factory lens and “passable” optical/digital zoom. Olloclip offers a wide variety of killer add-on lenses that take your iPhone’s camera to a whole new level. The Telephoto + Wide-Angle + CPL Lens kit in particular provides three lenses in a single, reversible unit, allowing you to shoot with the exact lens you need, no matter the situation.
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If you know a travel photographer, you can bet they have VSCO Cam installed as a docked shortcut on their iPhone. Touted as “the standard of mobile photography,” the app provides a seemingly endless suite of filters, adjustments and advanced camera controls for everything from Manual Focus and Shutter Speed to Exposure Compensation and ISO. Although the trend today is for oversaturated, Instagram-filter-heavy shots, this app focuses on simple, elegant post-processing in a streamlined, easy-to-use interface.
Muku Shutter Remote
Selfie-sticks are for teenage girls. And, sure, you can take photos of yourself with a timer app, but it can fast become a cumbersome process. Enter the Muku Shutter Remote, a tiny device that clips on your keyring and connects wirelessly to the iPhone’s native camera app via Bluetooth. It works with almost every iPhone/iPad and can also serve as a jitter-free shutter release for recording videos.
Gorillapod has become the standard for ultra-portable tripods. Their Gorillapod Mobile is the perfect add-on for stabilizing iPhone shots and shooting crisp, steady, hands-free video. The unique design guarantees it works with any smartphone, with or without a case. The best part: it’s only $15.
Eyefi Mobi Pro 32GB
While many professional DSLR cameras are shipping with built-in Wi-Fi these days, most consumer cameras haven’t yet caught up. Eyefi’s Mobi Pro 32GB memory card aims to fix that by providing Wi-Fi connectivity for many of today’s most popular digital cameras. The real win for iPhoneographers is the free Eyefi mobile app, which allows you to beam high-res photos (even in .RAW format) directly from your DSLR to your iPhone. Now sharing your best, professionally shot photos to Instagram and Facebook is only one more click away.
(Photo via Photojojo)