Buyer's Guide 2019: iPhone Photography Gear & Accessories

Do you have a photographer on your holiday gift list that you'd love to surprise with a unique and useful iPhone photography accessory? We've included a smartphone lens kit, a tripod, a photo gear bag, and more in our holiday buyer's guide. Peruse these gifts for photographers to find the best present for your favorite shutterbug. 

Related: 15 Photography Tips to Help You Master Your iPhone's Camera

Moment External Lens Set (Starting at $84.99)

I have tested several external lenses for my iPhone over the years, but these lenses by Moment are definitely my favorites. I’m able to capture stunning shots with them (I especially love the macro lens), and they are incredibly durable and easy to clean. You might not see how the latter is a big selling point, but after months of using the same lenses, they inevitably get dirty, and your image quality suffers if you don’t clean them regularly. They are also really simple to attach to my iPhone. Unfortunately, you need to use one of Moment’s special iPhone cases in order to use these lenses. However, Moment’s cases are beautiful, and I think the sacrifice is totally worth it if you love photography.

 

Joby GripTight One GP Magnetic Impulse Tripod ($51.05)

I can’t tell you how many times I have had to balance my phone on my car or purse or other unstable surfaces in order to snap a photo of myself somewhere. This tripod has been such a great tool in those situations. Its bendable legs help me adapt it to a variety of surfaces. I particularly love its magnetic feet, which I have used to attach my phone securely to metal objects like my car or a flag pole. And best of all, this tripod is tiny enough that I can easily carry it in my bag.

 

Bumbag Co. Casual Bags (Starting at $22.99)

You’re going to want a place to store all of your gear—and Bumbag has a variety of fun, affordable options! Hip bags can be really useful if you are out exploring the woods with your gear, as they allow you to test out different angles without your bag getting in the way. The company’s simple shoulder bags are also great and offer an easy way to carry around your accessories.

 

Mophie Powerstation Plus with Lightning Connector ($75.85)

Portable chargers are really useful when taking lots of pictures. I recommend this 6,040 mAh battery by Mophie. It packs a lot of power, is small enough to fit easily into your bag, and best of all has a Lightning cable built right in. That means you won’t have to deal with any extra wires in your bag (and I don’t know about you, but that is a big selling point for me).

 

LitraTorch 2.0 ($85.00)

Even though Apple has improved the flash on newer iPhone models, it’s still not ideal to use when capturing your shots. I recommend this light by Litra. It’s rugged, waterproof, and offers professional-quality lighting for your portraits or videos. It illuminates your subjects without being too harsh, and unlike the iPhone flash, the LitraTorch’s lighting is adjustable, so you can use the setting that works best for you.

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    Rheanne Taylor is the Senior Video Producer of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

    Rheanne holds a bachelor's degree in Literature & Writing from Maharishi International University. When she isn't overseeing video content, she loves drinking tea, holding up traffic by taking entirely too many photos of bugs, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat).