Gift Ideas for Mobile PhotographersBlair Gable
I love taking pictures with my smartphone, and I love all the gadgets and clever printing options that are on the market. There are times when your smartphone’s lens isn’t the right focal length for the job, or your arms aren’t long enough, or you are running out of power, or you don’t know what to do with all of your Instagram photos! That’s where these gift ideas for mobile photographers come in. Here are ten great options for you from $15-$200.
Gifts for Mobile Photographers for under $30
I love their iPhone case and fridge magnets – both make awesome and personal gifts. Connect your Instagram account to your Sticky9 profile and create fun fridge magnets, stickers, and smart phone cases. Prices are cheap and the turnaround time is fantastic!
GorillaPods are the most versatile, creative, and sturdy support solutions for your smart phone. There are many different styles and sizes to choose from. You can stand them up straight, wrap them around tree branches, or stick them to the side of a car!
Quik Pod Selfie Pole
Quik Pod makes fantastic extension poles that allow you to take self and group portraits without having to hold the camera at arm’s length. Instead of going on vacation and getting only photos of your faces smooshed together, this pole allows you to get the camera far enough away to include the environment in the shot as well.
Gifts for under $50
Canvas Pop Instagram Prints
Having all your smartphone photos on your mobile device and social media accounts is fine. But It is much more fun to put your favorite smartphone photos on your wall. Turn your Instagram photos into pieces of canvas art!
Limefuel battery packs
Perfect for any long trip where you are away from reliable power supplies, or those times when you need a lot of juice. You can charge multiple devices at once, multiple times. I carry mine with me just about everywhere – whether I have a long day shooting on location, or a few days away camping, I know that I can charge my devices many times before running to find an outlet.
The Jump Cable
This charging cable is a battery-saving little beauty. If you plan to be away from your chargers for a while, this device is small enough to carry with you without being an inconvenience. It’s perfect for those times when you need a little extra juice. The device stores 30% of a full iPhone charge and also has a USB charging plug.
Gifts for under $100
A smartphone’s camera lens only has one focal length; to take good photos, you sometimes needs a bit more or less than what is built-in. Olloclip makes 4-in-1 lens clips that feature wide angle, fisheye, macro, telephoto, and polarized lenses. I used to carry around a bag full of different lenses, so this adapter makes things a lot easier!
Gifts for under $200
Kick Light by Rift Labs
Kick is a powerful LED light for your iPhone. It also doubles as an iPhone case. Kick comes with a companion app that allows you to change the light’s intensity, color and behavior through a wireless connection. I use mine at parties, and to make better lit smartphone-portraits. It is also a great light for shooting video in dark environments.
The Impossible Project Instant Lab
Turn those beautiful smartphone prints into beautiful polaroids! The Impossible Project made a way for smartphone photographers to turn their digital creations into one-of-a-kind analog prints! I made digital-to-analog prints for my clients this year. I never knew exactly how the prints would look; every print turned out slightly different!
Sony QX-10 Smartphone lens
Sony’s line of smartphone zoom lenses have camera components built in to them and allow you to use your iPhone as an LCD touch-screen. Your phone acts as a live viewfinder when it is connected to the lens via a wireless connection. You can set the lens up in one room and take a photo from another If you are a bad-ass, super technical, dedicated smartphone photographer, then this is the lens for you!
About the author
Blair Gable is a Canadian freelance photojournalist and a regular contributor to the Discovery Center. Blair works for some of Canada’s largest media outlets, including Reuters, Macleans Magazine, the Globe and Mail, and many other national and international magazines, newspapers and agencies. He is also a smartphone photography enthusiast, and producer of a series of smartphone photography tutorials for the Corel Discovery Center.