No, I won’t recommend you to create a Facebook page stating your name as a photographer if you happen to be a simple mobile photographer like I am, though I’d confess that I’ve seen some pretty amazing pictures that were captured using only smartphones, but then the people who were holding those cameras were somewhat professionals. Or in other words, they knew what they were doing. So, it’s recommended not to embarrass yourself by calling yourself a photographer if all you’re going to do is click landscapes. (no offence)
I’ve been lucky to use some of the best, most powerful cameras, they also happen to help me out for calling and texts. The beast Nokia Lumia 1020, the semi beast Nokia Lumia 1520 and the simplest yet one of the most powerful the mighty Apple iPhone 6. Oh No! I’m not a professional photographer, I like to call myself a learner, a novice who is still figuring out all the angles and other tricky aspects of photography. Mobile photography is real thing today, everyone has a camera which means there are millions of pictures that are clicked, uploaded and shared all over the internet every second. So, if you think you need to be famous on Instagram or you need to put something really nice on your Facebook status or on your Flickr page, try to use some of the handy accessories that are available to purchase for a meager sum.
What are the 5 best and inexpensive mobile photography accessories?
Selfie Stick: A Big YAY! To whosoever invented the selfie stick. I don’t have to mention how crazy we are for that one perfect selfie that can shared online. The selfie sticks are cheap and real handy when it comes to getting creative with your self pictures or when you are trying to capture your friends into the frame with you. You can easily get a good, reliable and a strong selfie stick for under 5 USD or under Rs 300.
Gorilla Pod: Essentially a tripod, but this one is small and has flexible legs. You can use gorilla pods just like any other tripod, but with a bit more freedom. Just attach your point and shoot, your smartphone or your digital SLR camera on top of it and get creative. Challenge yourself by positioning your Gorilla Pod in places where your regular tripod can’t go. The premium grade Gorilla Pod can be purchased for under 10 USD or Rs 700. Try not to get the inexpensive ones as they don’t have the fit and finish of a quality product and I know you wouldn’t want to risk placing your expensive device on one that isn’t strong.
Tripod: Do I need to state why? A tripod is a photographer’s best friend. Capture those amazing Nat Geo like sunsets and sunrises or make time lapse of clouds playing in the sky. It is recommended to invest in a good tripod, because you don’t have to purchase it again and again and while you’re considering to get one, look out for a good camera mount too.
External Lenses: I wouldn’t say that external camera lenses for your mobile phones are going to bridge the gap between mobile photography and DSLR photography, but these are cool and there are various options to choose from. Mostly the bundles are offered as wide angle, macro and fish eye lenses, but you can also get yourself a telephoto lens. From dirt cheap to accessible expensive, there are external mobile camera lenses that will help you to up your photography game by a few steps.
External Light Source: The external light sources are basically led lights that offer extra lighting for your subject in question. Pop them in the headphone jack slot and you’re away. Needless to say that these external led lights are available online or in the market for under 5 USD.
EXTRA- External Battery or portable charger: So, if you’re going to go out and put your mobile for the photography challenge, you’re better off with an extra set of battery or a small portable charger that can be recharged using USB whenever you require. There’s no problem if you are using an Android, an iOS or a Windows phone as the market has these useful portable chargers in abundance.
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