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Whether you’re the designated family photographer or simply someone who enjoys capturing their day-to-day adventures—we’re looking at you, social media fanatics—being an amateur photographer is all about the fun of photography without the burden of making a living from it.
To up your photography game without breaking the bank or finding yourself way out of your depth, we’ve put together a list of the best camera accessories for the amateur photographer that are bound to make your hobby more fun and your photos better than ever!
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No matter what you tend to use your camera for most frequently, every photographer should have a tripod at their disposal. The AmazonBasics Tripod is perfect for the photographer who might occasionally need a tripod, but doesn’t want to spend a fortune on more than they need. This tripod is tall enough to capture group photos, lightweight enough to carry distances, and even includes convenient features like level bubbles and a quick-release mounting plate. It’s ideal for amateur photographers looking for a great tripod at a stellar price.
Not all photographers stick to fancy cameras or can afford expensive lenses. The great thing is, with the advances in technology, anyone can snap incredible pictures with just their cellphone, especially with the Xenvo Cellphone Camera Lens Kit. This kit includes a clip-on macro lens and wide-angle lens to help you capture both sweeping landscapes and magnified details. It turns your one-dimensional cellphone camera into a multiple lens powerhouse.
One of the keys to taking crisp photos is making sure your lenses are clean and spot-free. It’s also important to avoid scratching and permanently damaging the glass. To accomplish both of these things with an ease, all you need to do is wipe down your lenses with MagicFiber Cleaning Cloths. They’re extremely soft and safe to use on all types of glass, including your lenses, so you can take beautifully clear photos every time.
To capture those moments at the peak of the action, look no farther than the AmazonBasics Head Strap GoPro Mount. Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or an action sports lover, this waterproof camera mount will allow you to bring a unique perspective to even the most intense moments. It uses nylon straps to keep your GoPro secure and leaves both of your hands free to embrace whatever situation in which you find yourself!
Whether you are taking pictures of products for your website or staging some artsy still life photographs, the LimoStudio Tabletop Lighting Kit will set you up for success. It includes a mini tripod, shooting tent, a few color backdrops, and two LED lights to provide crisp lighting. This kit is sure to provide a soft lighting that will accentuate all the right things about your photography and is a great place to start learning about the way light can alter a scene.
For the amateur photographer that is looking for a compact, convenient way to carry their DSLR and attached lens, the AmazonBasics Holster Camera Case should be a go-to. It has a handle for carrying, as well as a shoulder sling that makes long-term use comfortable. It also features a rubber base that protects your camera in the event of a drop. Throw in a few pockets for accessories and backup SD cards and you have the ideal case for anyone looking to break into the world of DSLRs.
To provide adjustable lighting on-the-go, look no farther than the QIAYA Ring Light. Perfect for cellphone photography and videography, this rechargeable ring light is compact enough to fit in your pocket and ready to go whenever you need it. From increasing the clarity and quality of selfies to providing a little extra light for photographing darker scenes, the application for this light are limited only by your creativity!
The size of a key fob, the CamFix Remote Shutter Control for Smartphones is easy to take with you no matter where your adventure leads. Using Bluetooth, this device allows you to control your phone camera remotely from distances up to 30 feet, making it perfect for selfies, group photos, or capturing larger scenes.
GoPros and other action cameras are fantastic in the versatility and portability they offer, but the accessories are many—keeping them organized can be challenging, especially when you’re using your camera away from home. The AmazonBasics Carrying Case for GoPro solves this problem by safely and securely housing two cameras as well as the numerous accessories you’re bound to be carrying. The exterior is durable and the interior is lined with foam to protect against impacts. It’s the perfect way for the amateur photographer to protect their investment!
With adjustable legs and anti-slip feet, the UBeesize Phone Tripod is sure to help you capture great photos in even the most challenging circumstances. It’s perfect for cell phones and smaller cameras like GoPros and is ultra-portable, so it won’t slow you down. It even includes a Bluetooth remote control so you can snap pictures without having your hands directly on the camera.
One of the best parts of taking photos is sharing them! The Nixplay Digital Photo Frame allows you to do just that with the convenience of internal memory and the clarity of an HD display. Rather than printing a select few to print and hang, you can now have hundreds of your favorite photos to share and display. From loading pictures directly onto the frame to utilizing the free Nixplay web app to create playlists, the best moments you’ve captured will always be at your fingertips to share and enjoy.
As a photographer at any level, it is important to always have a spare cap on-hand in case yours is lost or damaged. The Breakthrough Photography Lens Cap is a classic and convenient pinch-style lens cap that protects your lens from external damage, such as sand, water, and scratching. It’s universally compatible with standard-sized lenses and is made of 100% recycled plastics—what’s not to love?
Just because you’re an amateur photographer doesn’t mean you don’t occasionally need some tools to shoot some incredible photos! The Neewer Multi-Disc Light Reflector is the perfect way to break into more advanced photography techniques by subtly manipulating lighting to create stunning pictures. With five options, you’re guaranteed to have the perfect reflector on-hand no matter what the setting. When not in use, they collapse and fit compactly into the included bag.
Never before has there been a more appropriately-named product. Giotto’s Rocket Air Blaster does look like a rocket and it does blast air! Beyond being pretty cool to look at, it is an incredibly functional device that helps keep your camera and lenses working at the highest level. It uses a simple design to direct air into crevices that are otherwise impossible to clean, clearing them of dust and other potentially damaging pollutants, increasing the performance and longevity of your equipment.
Comfortable and convenient, the Altura Photo Rapid Fire Neck Strap is incredibly durable and utilizes a clever design to make quickly detaching your camera for perfect shots as easy as it makes carrying it. The strap uses a unique plate system to quickly release the camera for impromptu photographing. For even more impressive functionality, the plate does not need to be removed for use with a tripod.
If you’re an amateur photographer who enjoys shooting portraits or that’s looking to break through to the next tier, the LimoStudio Portrait Studio will fit your needs and exceed your expectations. With everything you need to adjust the lighting to your preferences and the convenience of packing up into compact storage and carrying bags, this kit is sure to take your photography to another level.
Light is both your friend and greatest enemy in photography. Just the right amount, type, and angle of light and you have the perfect picture. The opposite also holds true—just a fraction off, and light can ruin what would otherwise have been a stellar photo. The AmazonBasics Lens Filter helps solve this problem by giving you a bit more wiggle room. It reduces UV light, helping to eliminate glare and that unfortunate blueish tint. It also adds another layer of protection to your lens, which is always a positive.
The SD card you use can greatly improve your photography. It sounds ludicrous, but it’s true. The higher the performance of your SD card, the more capability it has to record in 4k, capture images at ridiculous resolutions, and otherwise add quality and convenience to your photography. The Samsung MicroSD EVO with Adapter is one of the best cards on the market. Not only does it have impressive memory and performance, it is extremely versatile. The MicroSD can be used with smaller devices, such as action cameras and cell phones, while the adapter allows it to work with DSLRs and larger devices, making shooting and transferring photos easier than ever.