For most of us, smartphone cameras are the primary (and only) cameras we use. Whether that’s for holidays, special events, or just some family pics at home, those tiny cameras are now capable of delivering photos in amazing quality.

If you’re keen on stepping up your photography game though, read on. I’ve got a couple of useful little gadgets that are going to (a) be a lot of fun to use and will (b) allow you to create some really cool photos and videos.

Attachable camera lenses

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If you own an iPhone like me, olloclip’s range of lenses are going to add new dimensions to your photography. With choices between two Macro lenses, a Fish-Eye and Wide Angle lens built into a single iPhone attachment, you’ll be well equipped for any photography situation. (They also have other variations like an Ultra Wide angle with Telephoto lens.)

Too close to a building and want to get the full view? Stick on the wide angle lens to get more range. Found a particular fabric, flower or detail you really like somewhere? Stick on a Macro lens to capture the close-up.

If you’re Android, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. The cameras in many Android smartphones nowadays pack very good wide angle lenses, but if yours doesn’t, brands like Aukey sell a range of universal lenses you can try out.

Compact tripods

Have you ever taken a few selfies with someone, only to notice they’re all blurry afterwards? Using a tripod — even if it’s a really compact one like the Manfrotto Pixi Mini — you can grab great shots without having to ask a stranger or placing your phone awkwardly.

You get far more control over the positioning of your shot since you’re not relying on someone with no photography skills, the shot will come out crisp because your phone will be stable, and since the tripod will be small, you can just throw it into your backpack when you’re done.

My favourite way to use a tripod is creating time lapse videos like the one below. They take a while to record, but if you’re trying to capture a sunset or moving traffic, the final video can come out really nicely.

In comparison, I wasn’t using a tripod in this video I shot in Portugal. Notice the difference in stability?

Do you have any favourite photography accessories?

What do you use to take photos, and are there any cool photography gadgets you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments.

Fabio Virgi

A real geek at heart, Fabio caught the travel bug after traveling for a month in the summer of 2015. After visiting 4 different places in 4 weeks, he decided to leave his job, become self-employed and see all the world has to offer!