The 8 best photo gadgets to buy in 2021
Photography is an exciting hobby and profession to explore, but it’s even more enjoyable when you have the best photography gadgets to help you improve your skills. There’s a lot to think about as you walk away, from lighting and angles, to cleaning and kit modifications, and luckily there are loads of photographic tech available.
Our list of the best photography gadgets includes a mix of tripods, editing consoles, and cleaning tools, so you can increase your creativity and enhance your love of photography.
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Best photography gadgets for 2021
Compact and flexible tripod
Joby’s GorillaPod is a flexible and versatile tripod that allows you to take photos in a range of precarious positions. You can wrap it around a tree, railing, or whatever else you want, and save yourself the hassle of trying to make a homemade tripod. You can also use it in the style of a selfie stick if you are an avid vlogger. It can stand on its own and provides stability over rough terrain so you can grab a steady shot on uneven ground.
Thanks to its lightweight and compact nature, you can easily stow it in your bag, which is especially handy when traveling and surrounded by tempting shots. You can also use it to hold your speakers and video lights, so it’s bound to come in handy. It should be noted that this design can hold up to a kilogram of kit and works with mirrorless cameras rather than DSLRs.
Lowepro camera and laptop backpack
If you are looking for extra protection for all your precious photography kit, this black bag from the camera transport specialists Lowepro is a solid investment. It features a sturdy armored section as well as protective padding, so you can safely store your gear when traveling.
It also has a handy laptop space, so you can edit your photos while you’re on the go. There’s even a built-in all-weather cover to keep your kit safe when it starts to rain. With plenty of adaptive dividers in the backpack, you can organize your entire kit in a style that suits you.
If you fancy getting creative with your photographs, this lens ball lets you play with different perspectives and dimensions. It is made of crystal glass and reflects your surroundings and surrounding objects, whether buildings or trees, in an inverted mirror at a 180 degree angle. It offers you a unique and daring photo opportunity and is particularly suitable for those interested in street and architectural photography.
It comes with a padded storage bag and microfiber cleaning cloth so that you can keep your 90mm glass sphere safe and scratch-free when you are on the go. Be careful not to drop it on our toes as it weighs 945g.
FujiFilm Instax Mini LiPlay
This fun photography gadget is an original and fun instant camera that allows you to edit your photos with filters, frames and symbols. You can control your shots from your smartphone, making the chaotic process of the perfect group shot much easier.
Just take your photos, select your favorite editing tools, maybe a frame or a speech bubble, and print, all from one device. You can also choose from a range of filters including black and white and sepia for an artistic touch. This would make a great gift for young, aspiring photographers as it would allow them to play with their work in silly ways. The printed images are 8.6 x 5.4cm, so they are ideal for wallets and pockets.
Loupedeck + photo and video editing console
If you’re a huge fan of the post-production process and enjoy fine-tuning the clarity, contrast, and exposure of your work, this editing console could be a fun addition to your editing suite.
The Editing Console acts as a keyboard specifically for photo editing purposes, thanks to its collection of intuitive buttons, sliders and dials that allow you to easily edit your photos. It is compatible with a range of software including Adobe Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC, Premiere Pro CC, and Final Cut Pro X. Due to its ergonomic nature, it’s a useful tool whether you’re a beginner or a professional, and setup should be a quick and painless process. There are also personalization and customizable options so that you can edit in a way that suits your working style.
Anker LED Flash for iPhone
Want to take your iPhone photography skills to the next level? Well, this photography gadget could do the trick. This is a small portable LED flash that plugs into your phone and promises to give you a flash that is four times brighter than the standard iPhone flash. The connector syncs the LED flash with your phone’s rear cameras, so you can easily snap photos and take up to 10,000 photos on a single charge. Its neat size means you can easily slip it into your bag, so you never have to put up with poor lighting again.
It works with iPhone 12 including mini, pro and pro max and iPhone 11, pro and pro max. It is also compatible with the 2nd generation iPhone SE.
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Visible dust sensor cleaning kit
Taking care of your kit is an important part of the passion, so it is wise to have a sensor cleaning kit so that you can take care of your delicate equipment. This Invisible Dust kit includes a cleaning solution and four green swabs so you can keep your sensor in pristine condition.
The formula is great for removing unwanted stains, smudges and oils from your sensor, and it also acts as a dust remover. The green swabs are designed to reach those tough corners and aim to limit streaking and reduce fiber loss, so you end up with a perfectly clean sensor. Green swabs are particularly suitable for sensors with fluoride coating.
Monopod for travel camera
Monopods are a useful piece of the kit and are especially effective when you find yourself in a fast-paced and busy environment like weddings and sporting events. They have a mobile nature, a small footprint and provide stability. This model from Manfrotto works with DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, compact cameras and smartphones, so it will remain a well-used tool even if you decide to switch cameras.
Thanks to a handy wrist strap, it is easy to carry and can fold up to 43cm which is impressive considering that it can extend up to 159cm. The great thing about this monopod is that it can hold up to 16kg of kit, so it’s ideal if you have a heavy zoom. You can use it at different heights, giving you creative flexibility, and the installation process has been designed with speed in mind, so you don’t miss a thing.
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