Five gadgets you need to make iPhoneography masterpieces

Cella using an iPhone with a lens accessory
Cella using an iPhone with a lens accessory (Image credit: iMore)

It doesn't take much to take an average photo and turn it into something breathtakingly unique. With the help of a few extra accessories, you can even transform the everyday in the shot of the day—or month! If you want to up your Instagram or Snapchat game, check out some of my favorite iPhoneography gadgets!

The Olloclip


While most lenses have to stick or magnetize to your phone to take the best pictures (the closer the device is to your iPhone's lens, the better the picture ultimately looks), the Olloclip simply slides over the top portion of your iPhone.

With one lens for your front-facing/selfie camera and one for your rear-facing camera, the Olloclip adjusts to fit over most thinner cases and can quickly and easily be removed without any left-behind residue from adhesives.

The best part of the Olloclip? Its phenomenal fish-eye and wide-angle lenses that can be unscrewed and repositioned depending on whichever camera you want to shoot with. You can also remove these lenses for a chance to use the device's macro settings for super clear close-up shots.

Prices for Olloclip models start at around $70 and go up to $120.

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Lume Cube

The Lume Cube is a fully adjustable external flash that works directly with your iPhone. The pocket-sized device packs a powerful 1,500 lumen into its 1.5" flash, and is extremely durable. Users who have shot with the Lume Cube have taken it off-roading in the desert, shot photos in the middle of a wave while surfing, captured footage hanging from the side of mountains, and more.

You can use your Lume Cube with any type of device that takes photos or video, but using it with an iPhone is awesome because of the app that allows you to adjust the strength and intensity of the flash, and your default settings, so when you turn the cube on, you're ready to point and shoot without any extra fiddling!

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Nanotips Touch Tonic

Touch Tonic

Sometimes the weather is beautiful and warm, and you're able to snap a killer beach selfie without any issues. Other times it's freezing out, and you can barely walk a block without your breath freezing mid-air, let alone snap a photo of something amazing.

Enter the Touch Tonic for gloves!

Instantly turn any of your gloves into a high-tech accessory with a few drops of Touch Tonic. After applying the liquid to your glove's fingertips, let them dry before heading out to shoot, then go crazy! You can turn leather gloves, wool, and even heavier material into touch-screen-friendly tech accessories.

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The Impossible Instant Photo Lab

Impossible Instant Photo Lab

From the company that took over Polaroid's instant film factory comes the next step in iPhoneography: print your Instagram posts the second they hit your newsfeed with the Impossible Project's Impossible Instant Photolab!

So, at $169, what exactly does it do? The Impossible Instant Photolab turns phone pictures from a digital image on your screen to a real-life, physical Polaroid. Using your phone or tablet, you can print any of your photos straight to a Polaroid picture template.

Unlike a Polaroid camera, you have a few extra advantages with the Instant Photo Lab. You can edit your photos, print only the photos you love, and make copies of the same shot.

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JOBY GorillaPod Mini Magnetic Tripod

All the practicality and excellence of JOBY's popular GorillaPod tripod, plus magnetic feet and a lightweight design!

The GorillaPod Mini Magnetic is a compact, portable tripod that allows users to mount and twist their phones to capture the best, most unique angles. Secure your tripod to a light post for high-angle pictures, get cool shots from your bike's handlebars (you can not only magnetize the tripod, but also twist it to keep it secure), and use your imagination to truly get creative with JOBY's GorillaPod mini.

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What do you use?

What are some of your favorite iPhoneography accessories to play around with? Let us know in the comments below, and happy shooting!

Cella Lao Rousseau

Cella writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau