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Take better iPhone photos with these accessories

The best camera is the one you have with you. For most of us, that’s the iPhone we carry in our pocket each day. Unless you’re shooting professionally, you probably don’t need a flashy, expensive digital camera. The iPhone 12 has an impressive telephoto lens, which means this year’s iPhone can do more than ever. Whether you’re snapping photos with the new iPhone 12 or using an older model, these are the best iPhone photography accessories your money can buy.

Specialty lenses

Xenvo Pro Lens Kit

Staff Pick

iPhone camera lenses are incredible, but even pros change up their lenses to get the shot. The Xenvo Pro Lens Kit comes with a macro lens for superfine closeups and selfies and a wide-angle clip-on lens for architecture and landscape photos. This is a clip-on model that only works with single and dual-camera iPhones. In addition to the two lenses, this kit includes a mini rechargeable LED light, charging cable, lanyard, and a cleaning cloth. If you invest in one thing, grab this camera lens kit.

$45 at Amazon

A portable printer

Fujifilm Instax SP-3 Mobile Printer

Yep, we all love to share our photos on social media, but sometimes you want to print out a picture or two to stick to the fridge, your locker, or to send to a friend. The Fujifilm Instax SP-3 is one of the best photo printers for iPhone. Using the free Instax app, you connect your iPhone to the printer over Bluetooth. You can add creative filters and frames to photos and even print still pics from videos. This is a tiny printer that lets you edit and print images in minutes.

$110 at Amazon
$95 at B&H
$92 at Walmart

Shine a light

UBeesize Selfie Ring Light & Tripod

Go hands-free with one of our favorite ring lights for selfies. This 10-inch selfie ring light kit and tripod is the current tool of choice of YouTubers, live streamers, makeup artists, and those who have perfected the art of the selfie. You get eleven levels of brightness and three-color tones from this light, plus an adjustable tripod and remote so you don’t have to fiddle with your phone while streaming or snapping.

$50 at Amazon
$32 at Walmart

Keep video steady

DJI OM 4 Smartphone Gimbal

Taking video on a smartphone is convenient but usually disappointing. And that’s because you move when you film, leading to motion sickness-inducing footage. You can be steady, Eddy, like the pros with the DJI OM 4. It’s a 3-axis smartphone gimbal stabilizer that fits all sizes of iPhones. Hold the DJI OM 4 while you’re running or stand it up on the ground or a desk for rock-steady video. This souped-up model has gesture control and active tracking, so you’re guaranteed to get the shot.

$149 at Amazon
$150 at Best Buy
$149 at B&H

Get the perfect angle

BZE Selfie Stick

Love them or hate them, selfie sticks are a useful piece of photography gear. Our favorite is this model from BZE. The pole extends to 40-inches, has attachable tripod legs, and fits all iPhones and Android devices. The kit comes with a built-in rechargeable wireless remote, so you don’t have to mess around in iOS’s menu system to capture shots.

$26 at Amazon

Pro light kit

IVISII G2 Pocket RGB Camera Light

Good lighting is what separates pros from amateurs. The IVISII G2 is a pocket-sized portable light with a 4300mAh rechargeable battery. Light levels range from 2600-10,000K and are fully adjustable. This kit comes with a mini tripod to mount your iPhone next to the light, the light panel, and all the necessary hardware to put this on the hot shoe of your DSLR or mirrorless camera.

$71 at Amazon
$95 at Walmart

A vlogging kit

JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging Kit

Content creators cannot go wrong with the impressive JOBY GorillaPod Mobile Vlogging Kit. This rig comes with a tripod, smartphone holder, a Beamo mini LED light, and a Wavo mobile mic. It’s everything you need for vlogging, making videos for YouTube, or creating professional-looking social media content. This kit is light, customizable, and helps you shoot crisp audio and video.

$180 at Amazon
$200 at Apple
$200 at Best Buy

A portable selfie light

Auxiwa Clip on Selfie Ring Light

The right lighting can make all the difference between an amateur image and a professional portrait. Most photography lights are big, heavy, and expensive. The Auxiwa Clip-On Selfie Ring Light has 36 built-in LEDs that softly illuminate your face for a flawless studio look. This light has a rechargeable battery and works with any smartphone.

$14 at Amazon

Protections for photographers

Moment Case

Moment iPhone cases are made for photographers. It features a rubberized body and textured back grip that keeps your phone safe from falls, a spot for a wrist strap (sold separately), and cutouts that perfectly fit Moment M-series lenses. This is a Moment case is for the iPhone 11 Pro, but you can grab one for whatever iPhone you own.

$50 at Amazon
$50 at Moment

Learning material

iPhone Photography for Dummies

Apple includes an anemic manual with iPhones. This iPhone Photography for Dummies book makes up for the lack of info from Apple. The author teaches you how to adjust camera settings, create memorable landscapes, capture action shots, and how to edit your photos. If you’ve ever wanted to get more out of your iPhone camera, this is the book for you.

$21 at Amazon

Protect your gear

MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 6-pack

Dust, dirt, pocket lint, and debris collect on your iPhone’s lenses and screen all day long. Safely clean camera lenses and screens with MagicFiber Microfiber cleaning cloths. Microfiber absorbs oils and removes dirt, fingerprints, and dust without scratching the delicate glass. This six-pack from MagicFiber is a steal and one of the best iPhone photography accessories.

$6 at Amazon

Snap underwater photos

AICase Waterproof Underwater Housing

Now you can take underwater photos and video without worrying about trashing your iPhone. With broad compatibility, the AICase fits all iPhones and many Android phones. It’s waterproof down to 50 feet and comes with a thick DSLR-like handle, so it’s comfortable to hold. There’s even a quarter-inch screw on the bottom for monopods, tripods, and stabilizers.

$36 at Amazon
$59 at Newegg

Backup and transfer photos

DenicMic SD CF Card Reader

There’s no need to pay for extra space with iCloud when you have a DenicMic card reader. This pocketable reader works with SD, CF, and TF memory cards, transferring photos and videos at 14MB/s. Grab this for your iPhone and iPad, and you can backup pics and video to a card or transfer photos from your camera or trail cam directly to your iPhone for editing.

$23 at Amazon

A few parting thoughts

iPhones take beautiful photos. Even if you don’t fancy yourself a competent photographer, there are plenty of helpful tips out there to help improve your skills. Accessories help too. One of the best iPhone photography accessories is the Xenvo Pro Lens Kit. It comes with a macro lens, a wide-angle lens, an LED light, a charger, and a lanyard. This kit helps you capture realistic-looking close-ups and sprawling landscapes without breaking your budget.

When you want to print photos, you need the Fujifilm Instax SP-3. It’s a portable printer that also edits photos, adds frames and filters, and prints stills from video. And if you want to learn how to use your iPhone’s camera, grab a paperback copy of the iPhone Photography for Dummies book. It’s packed with all the information you need to get the most out of your camera.

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