• Erin Kay Feldmeyer

8 Tools to Help Pros, Amateurs, and Phone-ographers

Whether you're a professional, hobbyist, or the average person with a cell phone, I have complied a list of some tools that can help you elevate your pictures! Some of these tools help ease the stress of photoshoots while others can make your photos instantly more artistic!



1. Clip On Ring Light


Initially I bought this little gadget to help with my selfie game (I know, embarrassing), but its come in handy when I'm trying to take travel photos with my phone or pictures with friends in dimly lit spaces. I'm always the most popular girl at the bar when I whip this thing out!


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2. SD/Micro SD Card Reader for iPhone/iPad

Some of us want quick and easy access to our photos, especially when we are on the go or traveling. I have used this gadget to transfer same day wedding previews to my phone to show the bride & groom before I peace out for the night. My step daughter also loves to use this to transfer photos from her underwater point & shoot camera to her iPad to make movies. Paired with Lightroom Mobile, this little card reader can be an easy way to elevate your social feeds without messing with a computer.


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3. Pop-up Changing Room


THIS TENT IS A LIFE SAVER. As a professional photographer, I use this tent all the time for my client's outfit changes - it eliminates wasted time walking back and forth to the car to change or the hassle of finding a restroom. Pop this sucker up and BOOM, you're good to go! Also, CALLING ALL BLOGGERS, this is an easy way to change in public and stack your content on photoshoots. I personally have used it in conjunction with my phone tripod or camera/tripod to shoot personal content for my feed and it makes changing WAY less awkward.


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4. Clip-on Phone Lenses


I know cameras and lenses can be expensive but phone accessories have come a long way! These little clip-on lenses have come in handy for vlogging and on the fly content with my phone. The wide angle lens is great for us short girls who have little arms - your selfie game will be strong! They are great for concerts, vacations, macro shots, etc.


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5. Macro Attachments for Camera Lens


Like the phone lenses above, these are a cheaper alternative to buying a macro lens. These are for the Pros and Hobbyists out there who have DSLR cameras. I use these babies to get gorgeous ring shots at weddings, macro shots of lashes for a local business (The Beauty Society) and close ups of flowers for personal use. These can be stacked to give different depths but I commonly use the 4mm and 10mm. When looking at these, make sure you buy the correct diameter - I use these on my Canon 35mm 1.4 lens.


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6. Prism


I will admit, I have a love-hate relationship with these things...BUT when you get the hang of them, they can be FREAKING COOL. When you shoot through a prism you can reflect your subject to create a mirror effect, shoot thorough it to mirror the surroundings, or shine light through it to cast a rainbow on a subject. They will add an extra layer of mystery to any photo.


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7. Phone Tripod with Remote


This little sucker has come in handy so many times. I have used it to capture group photos, gym videos, selfies, time-lapse videos, and my own personal content. If you don't have a phone tripod I would HIGHLY recommend getting one ASAP. Also, if you have social anxiety like me and hate asking people to take photos for you...this is your solution!


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8. A Silver/White Reflector


Reflectors do just that, reflect light. They help bounce light to brighten a subject. You don't have to be a pro to use one of these, they can help you elevate your phone photos too! I recommend silver/white because it gives a more natural light - gold selectors can often be too warm and hard to color correct in the editing process.


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I hope some of these tools can help you produce amazing content whether you're using a DSLR, point & shoot, or phone!


xoxo

Erin

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