When you’re passionate about photography, whether you’re taking photos with a heavy duty SLR or with your phone, there are a few accessories here or there that you’re probably dying to get.
We’ve put together a list of unique, cool and geeky addons for your camera. Everything from cases, to lenses, to tripods, you’ll want to get your hands on this gear.
We kick of the list with a few photography accessories that anyone can use, whether you’re using a point and shoot, a sSLR or even your cell phone, followed by sSLR accessories, and finally, iPhone accessories to take photos on the go.
The Gorillapod needs no introduction and should be in every photographer’s kit. The flexible tripod can attach itself to just about any surface, making it easy to get the exact photo that you want. And there’s a whole line of Gorillapod’s available, that can take anywhere from 325g to 5kg, so no matter what kind of camera you use, whether a small point and shoot, or a huge SLR sporting a telephoto lens – you’ll find what you’re looking for. There’s even a Gorillapod made especially for the iPhone 3G and 3GS.
Portable lighting studio
Okay, so maybe you won’t need a portable lighting studio if you’re taking photos with your phone, but who’s to say you can’t. Using this on-the-go studio will ensure that you always have the perfect lighting and perfect backrop, no matter where you are.
If you have a hard time getting your baby to look at the camera, ShutterBuddy will remedy the problem. Stick your camera inside this and you’ll get their attention in no time. ShutterBuddy is made to fit point and shoot cameras.
If you’re using an SLR or want a simpler alternative, check out the Lens Pets available on Etsy. Simply slip the Lens Pet around your lens and you’ll be snapping away pictures of your little ones in no time.
For the dSLR user, there are a few amazing accessories that can take your photography, or even film-making, to another level.
Nano DSLR Rig
Using your own body to steady the camera, the Nano DSLR Rig can turn your DSLR camera into the ultimate movie-making machine, as well as give you all the options you need to brace your camera for the perfect photo. The flexibility of the rig opens up a world of different possibilities on how it can be used.
Whether it’s for discreet shooting, to protect your camera from the elements, or even wanting a quick and easy way to shoot a photographer before it passes you by, the Cloak Bag will come in handy. And the fashion conscious photographer will probably appreciate the fact that it’s a camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag.
If you have your standard DSLR lenses and are looking for something different, the Lensbaby line of lenses has a little something for everyone. Lensbaby offers three different lenses, each suited to a different kind of photographer. Each lens is used in a different way and produces a different stylistic effect. Check out their photographer’s gallery to decide which one is right for you. Lensbaby lenses are compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax and 4/3’s mount SLR cameras.
Gigtube Instant Digital Screen Remote Viewfinder
Want to get your camera up close but trigger the shutter from a distance? The Gigtube Instant Digital Screen Remote Viewfinder allows you to do just that. See what’s in your viewfinder using the remote wireless LCD screen, and trigger the shutter when the time is right. Taking photos from a high angle or self portraits are just a couple of ways the LCD screen will come in handy. The Digital Viewfinder is compatible with specific Canon, Nikon and Olympus models. There’s also a wireless model if you need to put more distance between you and your camera.
There’s a large group of photographers who have dedicated themselves to taking the best photos possible using their iPhones. Here are a few accessories that could come in handy.
With a magnetic mount, simply attach the Fish-Eye Lens to your iPhone and you can easily achieve the fish-eye effect in your photos. And because it’s detachable, the lens can be used with pretty much any cell phone, not just the iPhone. While you’re at it, why not get the Wide Angle & Macro and Super Macro lenses.
ZGrip iPhone Pro gives you an easy and steady way to control your iPhone when shooting pictures, or even videos. ZGrip is compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4. Don’t forget, if you don’t need to be holding the iPhone, and just need to steady it using a tripod, the iPhone Gorillapod, compatible with the 3G and 3GS, is another great option.
While the iPhone 4 comes equipped with an LED flash, its predecessors don’t. The easiest way to remedy this is to use the Beamer, an iPhone case with a built-in LED flash.