Every holiday season, I get an influx of DMs, tweets, texts and messages from followers, friends and family asking for my photo gear recommendations. This year, rather than putting together a list of all the high-tech cameras and lenses that come with high-price tags to match – I wanted share some affordable add-ons that thrifty photographers should have in their arsenal. As I like to say, the best camera is the one you have with you and most of the time that’s the one in your pocket 😉 If you are looking for gift ideas for the photographer on your list these are my go-tos under $100(ish).
These pocket size lenses will transform your mobile device into a lightweight DSLR. With a variety of lenses from fisheye to macro, Moment add-ons are durable, easy-to-use and have incredible clarity. Compatible with almost every smartphone, these compact lens take the camera in your pocket up a notch.
Shure has transformed mobile audio with its line of mobile mics. Regardless of your price point, the audio company creates options that will take your sound from distorted to crystal clear. As a photographer and podcaster on-the-go, these mics have made capturing quality sound super simple. The MV88 connects directly to my phone and rotates so I can easily capture quality selfie sound or record an interview with someone while I’m on the road.
Having a quality clip for your camera is critical for any photographer on-the-go. Peak Design clips allow you to seamlessly switch from backpack to belt carry with an easy-to-access quick release. The reality is these clips don’t support a pro body with a large lens, but it takes care of damn near everything else and is the perfect for the amateur or hobbyist photog.
This is DJI’s third generation gimbal and it is their best version yet. It is foldable, has great stabilization and flawless object tracking making it the stabilizer I take with me when I am on the go. With an extended battery life and the ability to charge your phone from the gimbal while you shoot, it allows me to capture beautiful 4k video without worrying about draining my phone battery.
Feel like the photographer on your list has alllll the gadgets? Why not spark their inspiration instead this year? My new book Creative Calling is part memoir but primarily an actionable guide for getting over the inevitable hurdles that come up as a creator. In my (only slightly bias ;)) opinion, it is the ideal book for people who are on the fence and need a guide to super charge their creative skills, so they can create the life of their dreams.