Smartphone cameras in 2020 have become so good that there is very little difference, if at all, between the quality of a smartphone photo with that of one taken with a compact camera. Phones these days come with multiple lenses and high resolution sensors, allowing everyone to take excellent photos without the need to have a heavy camera body with them at all times.
Many photographers are using smartphones exclusively for all their photographic needs because of this advancement in quality. However, there are still some things every serious phone photographer could use to make their experience better. Check out our list of 25 best gifts for phone photographers if you feel like giving something useful to one of your friends.
It’s true that most phones released today have multiple lenses for different perspectives. But there are still some phones that have just one lens on them. To help give the owners of such phones more versatility in their shooting experience, you can get this kit of add-on lenses for them. This kit will add different focal lengths to their camera and open up a new world of composition and photography for them.
This phone stabilizer is perfect for those friends of yours who use their phones to make videos or those who vlog. It will help smoothen their videos a lot more than what a phone’s own stabilization system can do. It will also help them hold their phones much more easily while making videos. The gimbal itself is small and lightweight for maximum portability and ease of use.
iPhone photographers know that they often run out of space on their phones because they cannot expand it. For such photographers, this flash drive that is certified by Apple is a perfect gift. It’s a drive that works with various devices including iPhones, MacBooks, laptops, and even Android phones. It’s a great way to move files between devices for editing or sharing needs.
Older iPhone owners may be having battery drainage issues when taking too many photos. For such users, this battery case by Moment is a perfect gift. It works with iPhone 7 and 8, and adds 2525 mAh of battery life to an iPhone. Since it is designed by a company focusing on photography equipment, it also has a dedicated shutter button on the side to make the process of taking photos more intuitive and tactile.
This flash drive is designed to connect directly to iPhones and iPads to move various photos quickly and easily to free up some space. It has a lightning connector on one side and a USB-A port on the other. It also includes an additional USB-A to USB-C connector so it can be used with a lot of different devices to move photos. It’s small and doesn’t take up more space in a bag than what a normal flash drive would take.
The waterproof case by CHOETECH is more like a small bag that you can put your phone in. It is designed to keep your phone safe from water, dust, and even snow. You can swim with it and even take underwater photos with it thanks to the fact that it maintains touchscreen functionality. It’s a great gift to consider if you have a friend who loves taking travel and adventure photos with their phone.
Taking photos with a phone in cold weather is not a pleasant experience because you constantly have to take your gloves off to do so. With these touchscreen thermal gloves though, phone photographers can easily use their phone’s screen with their index finger or their thumb thanks to the touch sensitivity that is incorporated in those areas.
A small sized photo box with an incorporated light source can help phone photographers take much more professional looking photos of products and other items. The box has 20 pieces of LED beads that provide very bright and even light inside. It comes with 6 backdrops for different kinds of looks and doesn’t require a lot of power to be operated. In fact, it can even be turned on by connecting to a running laptop.
This is a card reader that can help transfer files from an iPhone to SD, MicroSD or CF cards very quickly and easily. It’s a great gift for those who take photos on their phones and then edit them on their computers. It saves a lot of time as compared to using a cable to connect a phone to a computer.
For those people who like to do makeup tutorials and stream them via their phones, this is a great option. It’s essentially a ring light mounted on a stand with a dedicated phone holder. It helps photographers to mount their phones on the stand and record themselves while they use the mirror to do makeup in the bright ring light. The light has 10 brightness levels and 3 color modes to nail the exposure and color.
This is another selfie ring light with a phone stand in the middle of the ring for those people who like to record themselves using their phones. The ring light comes with 3 modes and 8 levels of brightness. Moreover, it also comes with a whopping 26 RGB modes and even 8 levels of flashing. There is a lot that one can do with this ring light in terms of lighting and modes, and it’s something any phone photographer would like to have.
This one is a tiny version of the previous ring lights. It comes with a small mirror too. The main draw of this one is that it can be attached to the iPhone using the clip-on design. This makes it great for recording vlogs or streaming live when you can’t sit in a perfectly lit room or studio. It’s a handy gift for all kinds of phone photographers who like to vlog.
This light box is small and lightweight and can be easily carried anywhere thanks to the handles on top. It’s like a small tent in which products can be placed and taken photos of very easily. It comes with 26 LED strips to provide an even light. Included in the package are 4 different colored backdrops and a small tripod stand for phones. This is a great product for phone photographers who take product or macro photos.
Yet another clip-on ring light that is larger than the one we mentioned before, this one is great for vlogging in dark spaces too. One can use this in different brightness levels to make every space the perfect one for taking selfies or for recording videos. It can even help with taking photos of different objects that photographers need to get close to.
This is an all-in-one kit for phone photographers that adds a lot of different capabilities to a phone camera. It comes with 4 lenses, including a wide angle lens, a macro lens, a fisheye lens, and a whopping 18x telephoto lens. On top of those, it also includes a flexible tripod for the phone, a bluetooth shutter remote, a lens clip, a phone holder, an eye cup, a cloth for cleaning, and a case to carry it all. This is one of the most versatile and complete photo kits you can get for a phone photographer in your life.
Gosky Telescope Phone Adapter Mount
This one is for those phone photographers who like to use telescopes, binoculars, or microscopes to get a different perspective on things and then take photos through these tools using their phones. This adapter helps mounting their phone onto such tools for a much more easy and intuitive shooting experience. The mount’s main parts are made from a Zinc alloy, making it very long-lasting and durable.
Phone photographers often run into issues regarding free space on their phones. That is why you should gift them this excellent, high-speed memory card that they can use via a card reader to take photos off of their phones and onto their computers. It’s a simple gift that will go a long way in making their photography experience better.
Made from high-quality aluminum, this phone stand is a great way to help phone photographers take selfies or record themselves for vlogs. The stand is adjustable in angle and height, and can be completely collapsed for easy portability. It is compatible with all sorts of phones and tablets so it will definitely come in handy for anyone who likes to record themselves on their phone.
As phone cameras become more and more capable, they are also allowing photographers to use manual settings to take better photos. If your friend likes to take long exposure photos, then they will see great use from this tripod. It can open up to a height of 51”, making it very usable for all sorts of photos. It comes with a cell phone mount for easy operation, a bluetooth remote for taking group selfies or to avoid camera shake, and also a carrying bag for easy traveling.
UBeesize Tripod with Extended Arm
This tripod makes things more interesting for phone photographers by adding an extra mount on top so that two devices can be attached instead of just one phone. This can help in various situations. For example, photographers can record themselves on two devices for backup purposes; they can use a ring light or a light panel on one side to get better exposure; they use a mirror to see themselves while using their phone’s rear camera to record themselves for better quality. It’s a great gift for phone photographers that has the potential to improve their workflow by a lot.
This is another camera lens kit that adds a wide angle, a fisheye, a macro, and a telephoto lens to a photographer’s phone camera. It comes with a mounting clip that all these lenses can attach to, and a nice carrying case for very easy portability. Each of the lenses also has a lens cap and there are polarizing filters included too. This is the kind of gift any phone photographer would appreciate receiving.
This is a sleek, small, and very effective gimbal for phone photographers and videographers. It comes packed in a very nice case and has many different shooting functions that can be used via the Hohem smartphone app. Everything from shooting timelapses to face and object tracking is possible with this little gimbal. It is definitely one of the more premium and highly usable gift ideas on this list.
One of the biggest reasons phone photographers use their phones to take videos and photos is the portability factor. They always have their phones with them and don’t need to carry anything more. For such people, this card-sized phone stand is a perfect gift. This can carry it with them at all times because of its tiny size and thin profile when it is closed, and when they need to shoot a vlog or go live, they can simply pop it open and place their phone on top. Simple and convenient.
If your friend already has a tripod but can’t mount their phone on it, then gift them this adapter. It’s a simple product that can hold all phones and can then be mounted onto a standard tripod. It has an adjustable clamp that helps with keeping the phone in place and keeps it from slipping.
This video light is smaller in width than most phones and can be fit into a pocket easily. It comes with a smartphone clip that can be used to mount it on top of a smartphone very quickly in order to not only shoot better videos but also take excellent photos. The light has an adjustable color temperature and comes with an LCD display to see various settings. It’s a truly portable and highly useful gift for any phone photographer you know.
With these gift ideas, you will now have a much better understanding of what kind of product you can get for a friend of yours who takes phone photography very seriously and wants to improve it. Unlike a few years ago, phone photography is becoming more and more common these days to the point where even some professional music videos and movies are being shot on nothing more than an iPhone. With one of these products in their arsenal, the phone photographers in your life can also take their work to the next level.