It’s always the same. You come back from vacation. You look at your photos… and somehow they just don’t convey the excitement you felt, or the beauty of the surroundings. They look flat and dim and unconvincing.
If you want better photos sometimes all you need is a few extra accessories. For instance, if you want to take good night photos, you’ll want a tripod so you get a good sharp picture. It doesn’t have to be big, but even if you have a mini tripod and stand it on top of a parked car or a brick wall, it will give you better results than a hand-held shot.
Some tripods are grippy, with legs that can be wrapped around a pole or post, as well as used in the traditional way. These are really useful; you could attach your camera to your bike handlebars, or to a lamp post to take a time lapse video.
For smartphones, you’re a bit limited by the lens on the phone. But you can extend its capabilities by buying attachment lenses, either clip-on or magnetic. If you like to take photos of flowers, butterflies, or other small things, consider getting a macro lens attachment which will let you zoom in while keeping the focus needle sharp.
Wide angle lenses are useful if you enjoy taking landscapes or architectural shots. Phone manufacturers tend to concentrate on the market for people taking selfies and portraits, so their lenses are made for this. If you want to see more in the photo, grab a wide angle attachment.
Better lighting can really help improve your photos. Cameras’ inbuilt flash is useful, but can make a photo look rather flat. Get an LED panel and you can light a scene more artistically. You also get continuous softer light, rather than intense flash light that ‘freezes’ the action.
If you have a good compact camera, getting a good camera bag makes sense. Keeping your camera in your pocket or purse is convenient, but the LED screen can get scratched and dust can get into the lens. Besides, if you have a bag, you can keep your extra SD cards and a spare battery in the pouch.
But perhaps the accessory that makes the biggest difference is a simple microfiber cloth. Keeping your camera lens or smartphone clean takes a bit of care and attention; a speck of dust can wreck an otherwise great photo. Just make sure you keep the cloth in a bag or pouch when you’re not using it, so it doesn’t get dirty.
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