Photography is an exciting hobby and profession to explore, but even more enjoyable when you have the best photography tools to help you improve your skills. There’s a lot to think about when you’re away, from lighting and angles, to cleaning and adjusting tools, and luckily there are plenty of shooting techniques available.
Our list of the best photography tools includes a mix of tree-hugging tripods, editing consoles, and cleaning tools, so you can ramp up your creativity and nurture your love of photography.
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Best Photography Tools of 2021
Flexible Compact Tripod
The GorillaPod from Joby is a flexible and versatile tripod that allows you to shoot in a range of precarious situations. You can wrap it around a tree, railing, or whatever else you fancy, 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 blogger. It can stand on its own, and provides stability over rough terrain so you can take a steady shot on uneven terrain.
With its light weight and compact nature, you can easily fit it in your bag, which is especially useful while traveling and surrounded by tempting shots. You can also use it to install speakers and video lights, so it’s sure to come in handy. It is worth noting that this design can accommodate up to one kilogram of equipment and works with mirrorless cameras instead of DSLRs.
Lowepro camera and laptop backpack
If you’re looking for extra protection for all of your valuable photography kit, this Black Camera Bag from Lowepro Professionals is a solid investment. It features a sturdy armored section as well as protective padding, so you can carry your gear safely while traveling.
It also has a laptop-friendly space, so you can edit your shots on the go. There’s also a built in all-weather cover so your kit stays safe when the rain starts. With plenty of nifty adaptive dividers inside the backpack, you can organize all your gear in a style that suits you.
If you like to get creative with your photos, this lens ball lets you play with different perspectives and dimensions. Made of frosted glass, it reflects the environment and the objects around you, whether buildings or trees, in a 180-degree inverted mirror. It gives you a unique and exciting photography opportunity that is especially suitable for those interested in street and architecture photography.
It comes with a padded storage bag and a microfiber cleaning cloth so you can keep your 90mm glass ball safe and scratch-free when you’re outside. Be careful not to drop it on our toes as it weighs 945 grams.
Fujifilm instax mini lip play
This fun photography tool is a quirky and fun instant camera that lets you edit your photos with filters, frames and icons. You can control your shots from your smartphone making the messy process of achieving that perfect group shot a whole lot easier.
Simply take your photos, select your favorite editing tools, maybe a frame or speech bubble, and print, all from one device. You can also choose from a range of filters including black, white and sepia for an artistic touch. This would be a great gift for young budding photographers as it lets them play with their work in a silly way. Printed photos measure 8.6 x 5.4 cm, so they’re perfect for purses and pockets.
Loupedeck + Photo and Video Editing Module
If you’re a big fan of the post-production process, and enjoy tweaking the clarity, contrast, and exposure of your work, this editing unit could be a fun addition to your editing suite.
The editing unit acts as a keyboard specifically for photo editing purposes, thanks to its set 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 convenient nature, it is a useful tool whether you are a beginner or a professional, and setup should be quick and painless. There are also customization and customization options so that you can tweak in a way that suits your work style.
Anker iPhone LED Flash
Want to take your iPhone photography skills to the next level? Well, this photography tool can do the trick. It’s a small, portable LED flash that plugs into your phone and promises to give you a flash four times brighter than a standard iPhone flash. The connector syncs the LED flash with your phone’s rear cameras, so you can easily snap photos, taking up to 10,000 photos on a single charge. Its sleek size means you can easily fit it in your bag, so you’ll never have to put up with poor lighting again.
Works with iPhone 12, including mini, pro, pro max, iPhone 11, pro, and pro max. It is also compatible with the second generation iPhone SE.
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Visible Dust Sensor Cleaning Kit
Taking care of your kit is an important part of your passion, so it is wise to have a sensor cleaning kit so that you can properly take care of your sensitive equipment. This kit from Invisible Dust includes a cleaning solution and four green swabs so you can keep your sensor in good condition.
The formula is ideal for removing unwanted smudges, stains and oils from the sensor, and it also acts as a dust repellent. The green swabs are designed to reach those tricky corner points and are meant to reduce streaks and reduce fiber shedding, so you’re left with a super clean sensor. Green smears are particularly suitable for sensors with a fluorine coating.
travel camera monopod
Monopods are a useful piece of gadget, and are especially effective when you’re in a fast-paced and busy environment like weddings and sporting events. It has a mobile nature, a small footprint and provides stability. This model from Manfrotto works with DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, compact cameras, and smartphones, so it’s bound to remain a good tool to use even if you decide to change camera.
Thanks to the comfortable wrist strap, it is easy to carry, and it can be folded up to 43 cm, which is impressive given that it can stretch to 159 cm. What makes this monopod stand out is that it can hold up to 16kg of kit, so it is ideal if you own a heavy zoom lens. You can use it at different heights, which gives you creative flexibility, and the setup process has been designed with speed in mind, so you don’t miss a thing.
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