6 Life-Changing iPhone Camera Accessories

How can you turn your iPhone camera into the perfect tool for exploring your hidden photography talents? The answer is simple: accessories! In this tutorial, you’ll discover six iPhone camera accessories that will change the way you think about and take photos with your phone. What’s more, they may change the way you see the world around you!

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How can an iPhone camera accessory change your life? With the right tools, you’ll start to see objects you’ve never noticed, explore locations you never thought about, and photograph people, places, animals and plants in brand new ways.

And along the way, you may discover talents and abilities you never knew you had!

1. Discover A Whole New World With A Macro Lens

Remember your first glimpse of the world through a strong magnifying lens? Suddenly onion skin was fascinating, grains of salt were amazing, and ordinary feathers were beyond beautiful.

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A macro lens is essentially a strong magnifying glass that you can snap onto your iPhone, allowing you to capture incredible close-up photos of tiny subjects.

Once you see the world through a macro lens, there’s no going back. You’ll discover and photograph the incredible world of insects. You’ll marvel at their colors, their fragility, and their strength.

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You’ll get up close and personal with bees, and get to know the habits of the caterpillar. You’ll find yourself exploring the detailed intricacies of water, ice and plants.

You’ll even start looking closer at your own face and the faces of friends and pets. What does an eyeball really look like? How cool are your own fingertips?

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Macro lenses vary in magnification. Some of the higher magnification lenses provide you with a 15x zoom, while others only offer 6-10x zoom. Some lenses can be combined to provide even higher magnification.

Some of the top manufacturers of iPhone macro lenses include Moment, Olloclip, and ExoLens.

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2. Learn To Love Serenity With A Tripod

How long can you hold your camera perfectly still? The answer to that question determines whether or not you can capture slow shutter images such as night photos, moving water, and more.

Unless you have a tripod.

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While there are many different types of iPhone tripod, all of them have the same basic purpose. They hold your camera still so you don’t have to.

With a tripod, you don’t need to rush through your iPhone photography. You can stand still while your camera shoot a long exposure image of several seconds or more.

You can capture the tranquility of moving water as it flows through a river, breaks on the beach, or pours from a height.

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You can explore the serenity of the night.

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You can capture motion blur, creating a wonderful sense of movement in your photo.

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There’s an amazing array of tripods available for iPhone photographers. While their purpose is simple, they have a surprising number of different features.

The GorillaPod, for example, can be attached to almost anything for amazing versatility. And the Lollipod can be extended to allow you to take photos above the heads of people in a crowd.

Take your time selecting the right tripod for you, and remember that the most expensive tripod may not be the best for your particular needs.

3. Go Beneath The Waves With An Underwater iPhone Case

Imagine being able to photograph the underwater world with your iPhone! You’d see everything from a whole new perspective, and explore an entirely different set of plants, animals, angles and landscapes.

All this is possible with a waterproof iPhone casing. There are several good products on the market, including the Watershot Pro.iphone-camera-accessories25

With an waterproof iPhone case, suddenly you’ll see every underwater location as a potentially beautiful iPhone photography subject.

Swimmers at the bottom of the pool… waving underwater sea grass… coral reefs… now, they’re all part of your photographic universe!

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And it gets even better… because you don’t have to actually plunge into the water to use an underwater housing.

You can, for example, set your phone within inches of the water without worrying about the impact of a splash on your beloved camera.

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You can even capture a wave as it rolls toward the shore.

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Once you get started with water-related photography, the possibilities are almost endless.

4. Get Into The Wilderness With A Hardened iPhone Case

iPhones are fragile. Many of us have suffered the loss of an iPhone as a result of a broken screen, a trip through the laundry, or a slip of the hand above a puddle. As a result, most of us tend to avoid using our iPhones in potentially hazardous situations.

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However, hardened iPhone cases like the ProShot and OtterBox mean that it’s now possible to take your iPhone pretty much anywhere.

Whether you’re headed out into a rainstorm or sailing around the world, you can continue to take iPhone photos whenever you want, wherever you want.

How does this change things?

Imagine taking your iPhone skydiving… photographing a hurricane… or taking photos of wet, muddy dogs as they shake. With the right case, all this is possible.

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Hardened cases are available at quite a few price points, so check into the various options to determine which one is best for you.

5. Discover New Possibilities With Remote Shutter Release

What if you could take iPhone photos up close and personal – from far away – with a remote shutter release?

You could take incredible street photos without causing anyone embarrassment or discomfort.

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You could take outstanding candid photos.

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You could even take photos from perspectives you’d never be able to achieve without becoming a gymnast!

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The cheapest and easiest available remote shutter release is simply the switch on your apple earbuds. While this won’t allow you to take photos from a significant distance, it will allow you take discrete street and candid photos.

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There are also a number of bluetooth products that range in price, quality and features. The Muku Shuttr Release shown below is just one option. Some remote shutters allow you to take photos from as far away as 30 meters!

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6. Explore The World With A Battery Charger

One frustrating reality of an iPhone camera is its battery. No matter how advanced your phone, if you use it extensively the battery is unlikely to last the day… unless you have a battery charger that can recharge your iPhone no matter where you are!

There are a slew of battery chargers on the market. Some are slim and light, while others are rugged and tough. Some cost under $10, others over $60. Some can recharge your iPhone just once, while others can recharge your iPhone up to six times.

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A battery charger can truly change your life. That’s because, with this iPhone camera accessory in your pocket, you can get out into the backwoods and still have access to your camera.

Imagine hiking a portion of the Appalachians, iPhone camera in hand, documenting the entire experience. Going off the grid for a few days on a photo expedition is an amazing experience. Or even just taking the kids on a camping trip and sharing the memories.

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With a battery charger, like the Anker series or the Jackery Bar (pictured below), you can make it all happen!

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Conclusion

A tripod, macro lens, underwater housing, hardened case, remote shutter, and battery charger will actually change your life.

In fact, just one or two of these relatively inexpensive iPhone camera accessories can change your perspective on the world around you.

With a new perspective, your photographic skill and risk-taking will increase. Are these accessories worth the money? Buy just one and find out!

  • This is a great post about iPhone accessories. I personally use most of them. They really help make using the iPhone for serious photography an adventure.

    • Great to hear you find these iPhone accessories useful Ron.