Either way, camera gadgets are geared around making your photography more interesting. They also make great gifts for photographers in your life!
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What Are Photography Gadgets?
From filters to external devices, photographers can get a lot from creative photography gadgets. Whether it is to make a scene more fun to shoot, or it’s part of your style, photography accessories are almost a necessity.
Many photographers shoot with the usual system; a camera and a lens. By adding a few extras, you can get more from your scene.
Here we have a list of the top 20 creative photography gadgets. They aim to get you out shooting more, creating more interesting images and processes.
There is something for everyone, so work your way through it. They also make great photography gifts for members of your family.
This creative photography gadget is a shutter release for your smartphone or tablet. Just set up your camera equipment, and control the photography with a handy device.
The same goes for bloggers or those who love self-portraits. With this photography accessory, your hands are free, allowing you to be expressive and position yourself in any number of ways.
It fits in your hand, allowing you to hide it easily. Otherwise, it is a distraction that takes away from your subjects’ importance.
The Kodak PRINTOMATIC is instant camera printer. It is an all-in-one photography machine. It captures scenes and then prints them in one handy device.
Polaroid was a generational creative photography project, but it is still alive and kicking. This concept is too precious to be lost to financial problems and technologies that keep improving.
It’s one of the easiest photography accessories to use. Charge it, load it and shoot it. It’s perfect for family events and gatherings where you see the image immediately.
With one flick of a button, you can change it from color to black and white. To make it purely creative, you can even use instant film shots to create Polaroid lifts and other techniques.
It is designed for your flashgun, so it will fit the likes of Canon, Nikon, and Yongnou models. It is small and collapses into a very small package, making it great for destination photography shoots.
You get a carry case along with it, keeping it clean and dust free. I like to use my Lastolite at nighttime events. but it can also be helpful adding in fill light for day time shots.
Personally, I’m not a tripod user. I try to use them only when I absolutely need to. My field is documentary and street photography, so there really is no call for it. However, there are times I need one. Either for my camera, or lighting system, or even a microphone.
When I do, I am more inclined to use the Joby Gorillapod 5K. It is small, transportable and weighs less than a traditional tripod. Its easier to place inside your bag.
The benefit of this creative photography gadget is that you can wrap it around objects you can find in your vicinity. Railings, pipes, even tree branches are even possible with the Gorillapod.
The versatility is something any photographer can benefit from using. If you own one tripod, this should be it.
LensRacks is a great way to keep your lenses handy and ready to go. It is a quick change system and works really well as a gear storage device.
It’s one of the perfect photographer gifts for photographers of all levels. Enthusiasts and professionals will equally get a kick out of it.
Photography accessories are supposed to help users make the most out of their time photographing. This is a modular and expandable system, that users will continue to use for years to come.
Scanning your 35mm film negatives can be a hassle. First, you need a scanner or rent one, which can be an expensive endeavor. Next, you need to know what you are doing.
The Film Carrier MK1 is a creative photography gadget that allows you to digitalise your images. You place your negatives in your carrier, and then use your digital camera to capture them.
Having your DSLR tethered to your laptop or desktop with Lightroom allows you to line the negatives up correctly. One press of a button, and a few edits, you have a workable image in no time at all.
If you already have a DSLR, laptop and editing software, the film carrier is all you need to put your analog images to good use.
The ONDU Pinhole Camera is a creative photography gadget, but not one to support another system. This is because it is its own device.
This pinhole camera is made from wood, and handcrafted to the highest standards. The materials are locally sourced walnut, ash wood, and maple.
Natural oils and beeswax protect the wood, meaning it will last a very long time if looked after properly.
They come in many sizes, ranging from 135 (35mm), 6×17 (medium format) and 4×5″ (large format).
Yes, I see I have your full attention. Every photographer wishes they had a secret spy lens, especially those who are aiming for candid images. Yes, street photographers and documentary types, I’m talking to you.
This creative photography gadget is one of a kind. It is a photography accessory that attaches to your Canon lens, if they have a 52 or 58mm thread.
It works like a periscope, where a mirror inside allows you to capture scenes at a right angle to where you point your lens. You look one way, but shoot another. No one will know you are capturing them.
It works better on APS-C or crop sensor cameras, such as the Canon 7D. The barrel rotates, allowing a 360° from standing still. By moving physically, there is no scene you can’t grab.
12. Power Junkie
The Power Junkie is a great addition to any photographer’s camera bag. It is a creative photography gadget to solve a difficult problem of power.
This camera gadget harnesses the power of your extra camera batteries and sends it where it needs to go. Not only will it work with your camera, but it will also power a film light, microphone or other devices you happen to have.
It can be attached almost anywhere with its 1/4″ thread mount, typically sitting on your hot shoe with a connector. The LED power indicator lets you know just how much juice you have left.
The Ice Light is a portable lighting system for as many photography fields and subject you can imagine. Due to its portable size, you can handhold it for any situation. Weddings or on the spot product photography are a sinch.
It comes with a removable battery, allowing spare batteries to continue when the first runs dry. It gives you a 1740 lumen output and balanced for daylight at 5500K.
The LED lights are strong enough for any area, creating a diffused and even light for your subject. It comes with a carrying case, and barn doors are an added extra.
For all filming and photography needs, you can’t go wrong with this creative photography gadget.
Lens caps are so 2000. They DO protect the front elements of our lenses. But, they spend more time hanging around in your pocket, camera carrier or accidentally at home.
God forbid you forget to put them back, now you have to do the which-lens-does-this-fit-on dance. There have been products that attach them to your camera lens, or even to your camera strap, but they only solve half the issue.
Kurvd made a wonderful, creative photography gadget that fills the void. They created the Universal Lens Cap. These rubber caps not only protect your lens, but they also fit 99% of all lens sizes out there.
It is shockproof, waterproof and easily wipeable if it gets dirty. It can also be compressed to a small size, allowing for easy storage and transport.
When on, they stay on, and can cover the back-element of your camera lens. This means that you no longer need to search for and order specifically sized caps. It is a huge benefit for film photographers with age old lenses.
The Ultimate Lens hood is a great idea that was born from a photographer sick of capturing reflections in their images. While some photographers (myself included) aim towards them, for others, they are a nuisance.
Imagine getting to the top of a very tall building, where the city below is only visible through thick sheets of glass. There is no other way to capture the cityscape below. You raise your camera but are burdened by silhouettes of those tourists behind you.
You could use a polarizing filter, but they are expensive and adds a blue tinge to your shots. On top of that, your entire scene could change. A better option is to use the lens hood, removing all background glare.
Now you have a perfect shot, thanks to the creative photography gadget that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Thanks, ULH.
Pinhole photography is still a mystery to some photographers out there. It is a very creative way to capture images without the use of a traditional lens. This makes for very creative photography projects.
A pinhole is basically a hole that lets in light. What makes it different to a photographic lens or ‘glass’ is that there are no elements. There not one single piece of glass to be found.
What you get is a wide-angle, focused shot. The amount of light that enters depends on the size of the hole, so the smaller the more you have control over it.
The Thingyfy Pinhole Pro gives you a relative 55mm focal length, and only weighs 10.9 ounces (310 grams). The 0.25mm pinhole gives you an aperture of f/222, so expect this creative photography gadget to drink up as much light as you can give it.
7. LAB BOX
The Team behind Lab Box are lovers of analog. Well you would have to be if you came up with a smart box to help develop your back and white film rolls.
This smart system gives you two modules; one to hold your film and the other to hold your chemicals. They join together, allowing you to process your images without getting the chemicals everywhere. No mess, no stress.
It even allows you to use it in daylight, so no expensive and space-wasting darkroom is needed. That is unless you want one to print the negatives. You can even do it outside while traveling.
You can process one film at a time and have a choice between 35mm and 120mm films. There will be many updates in the future, but for now, this is the perfect solution for professionals and enthusiasts alike.
The Rotoight NEO 2 is a light that fits on top of your DSLR or Mirrorless camera. It works as either a constant modelling light or high-speed sync (HSS) LED flash unit.
Constant light is handy for seeing there the flash output will fall, and for anything being filmed. If you plan on a long exposure portrait, it can also work well.
The HSS is the interesting part. This LED flash unit can reach and flash at 1/8000th of a second. That is faster than most digital cameras can even reach.
This feature lets you synchronize your light with your shutter speed to correctly illuminate a scene. Other flash units, such as the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT has a limit. This means that as the shutter speed goes up, the light falls.
What we like with this light is the true aperture dimming, which calculates the distance and gives you the necessary light. It also comes with special effects, such as ‘Lighting’ and ‘Fire’ for realistic shots.
If there are any Kickstarter stalkers here, no doubt you’ve seen the Trilens from Friidesigns. Its a love it or hate it kind of product, but personally, I think it’s a great system.
The Trilens is a belt system for photographers who don’t want to use a bag. They help out where a bag isn’t helpful or too bulky.
This system holds three lenses next to your waist. It turns when you need a new lens, allowing you to change quickly and efficiently, even with one hand.
I don’t need to tell you the benefits of having lenses with you at all times. They make complicated events such as weddings a walk in the park.
Not so much creative as it is useful, or in some cases, needed. The black Shell Rain Cover is a way to protect your DSLR and lens in most conditions, in and outdoors.
It stays close to your camera gear with a 4-way stretch fabric. The seams are taped, stopping snow, rain, dust and anything else from damaging your camera equipments.
The best thing about this photography gadget is that it doesn’t need to be removed. You can access all the buttons and controls easily. It also works with other Peak Design strap.
You can use it for storage, transport or actually, just using it out in the field. This should be in DSLR owners camera bag.
The Loupedeck+ is one of the best devices out there. And like many photography gadgets, first found its feet on Kickstarter.
This is a console that is specifically built for editing your still images or videos. All the knobs and buttons are customization. This allows you to tailor it to your specific needs.
Whether you’re a pro or an enthusiast, you will get a lot from this device. Designed to be used with Adobe Lightroom, Premiere Pro CC and/or Photoshop. You can also use it with Final Cut Pro X.
The best thing about this console is that you don’t need to look at it to use it. After a little practice, your hands will get used to how each area works. Then your eyes don’t need to leave the screen.
Whether you are a videographer or still photographer, the LensShifter is a handy piece of kit. It is a balanced focus and zoom grip that allows for smooth transitions.
This is great for making focusing easy, allowing you to nail it every time. Instead of using the lens grip, you have access to a stick. This is easier to move and only requires one finger, not a whole hand.
Also, if you’re like me, I always get confused about which wheel is for the focus and zoom. I zoomed when I should have refocused. With this color-coded system, you won’t waste valuable time getting it right.
If you are into a pull or throw focusing, this is the best answer in changing the focus while you shoot.
1. I’m Back!
If you are looking for a way to digitalize analog images, this is the answer. This isn’t a scanner, but a digital back, fitting to most 35mm cameras.
The mission from the company, who first found their feet on Kickstarter, is to dust off your old cameras. With this, you skip buying expensive film and time developing the images.
The sensor gives you 16MP, WiFi, and a touchscreen display. You’ll need a battery, and a Micro SD memory card to use it, and then you’re free to go and shoot. Oh, and it also records video.
It works by removing the rear cap and attaching the system via the sync flash cable. Setting the exposure mode to ‘Bulb’ allows the digital back to do its thing.
*Recently, they created a medium format version, meaning there is almost no camera you can’t use.