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All the Gear You Need to Step Up Your Smartphone Photography

Your phone camera is good, but it could be better.
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If your smartphone isn't your only camera these days, it's likely your primary one. While a good smartphone can give you some great photos on its own, there's more options available than you might think for those looking to get even more out of their phone photography.

Here are some options to consider whether you're just looking to add a few inexpensive accessories to bolster your shooting capabilities or are ready to go all-out with some high-end gear.

OLLOCLIP 4-IN-1 LENS

Add-on lenses for smartphones started out as something of a novelty, but the idea has been refined to a considerable degree in recent years. Some of the standout lenses are from Olloclip, including this 4-in-1 set for all iterations of the iPhone 6. It gets high marks from Macworld, and includes two macro lenses, a wide-angle, and a fisheye lens that'll keep you covered for shooting close-ups and landscapes alike.

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MOMENT LENSES

Along with Olloclip, Moment makes some of the most popular and highly regarded add-on lenses around (for various iPhones and some Samsung Galaxy models). They're the top pick of The Wirecutter, and also come well-reviewed by Macworld, Tom's Guide and others. A slight downside is that you need to use a non-permanent adhesive to attach the lens' mounting plate to your phone but, unlike many such lenses, they'll still work with many cases. Moment also makes its own iPhone cases that add a more camera-like grip and shutter button.

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OLYMPUS AIR A01

As good as any add-on lens is, it's still limited by the smartphone camera you're attaching it to. There are ways to get around that limitation without carrying a separate camera, however. While it looks like an ordinary lens, Olympus' Air A01 is essentially a full-fledged camera that pairs with your phone, which you can then use as a viewfinder. This kit includes the camera "body" and a 14-42mm lens, but you can also easily swap it out with a wide range of other lenses.

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PHOTOJOJO'S MAGNETIC PHONE LENS SERIES

Photojojo played a big part in popularizing add-on lenses for smartphones, and its various magnetic lenses are a great option if you're just looking to experiment a bit without making a big investment. This three-pack includes a fisheye, telephoto, and combo wide-angle/macro lens, and their versatile design means they'll work with both iOS and Android.

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FUJIFILM INSTAX SHARE SP-2

You can use just about any wireless printer and some photo paper to print photos straight from your phone, but a dedicated smartphone printer can make the process both more fun and more convenient. Fujifilm's Instax Share SP-2 is battery-powered and small enough to take with you anywhere, and the Instax film it uses will give you results you simply can't replicate with a laser or inkjet printer.

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JOBY GRIPTIGHT GORILLAPOD STAND

A tripod of some sort is a must-have for any traditional photography kit, and that's just as true when you're shooting with your phone. Joby's GripTight GorillaPod is available in versions for large or small smartphones, and will give you plenty of flexibility whether you're just taking a group photo or trying to capture a shot from a hard to reach angle.

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MANFROTTO LUMIMUSE 3 LED LIGHT AND ACCESSORIES

This LED light kit from Manfrotto isn't strictly a smartphone accessory, but it can come in handy if you regularly find yourself needing more fill light than your smartphone's tiny flash can provide. It can be mounted on any tripod or just used handheld, and you can use the included filters or add your own to get just the right light.

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SHOULDERPOD S1 PROFESSIONAL SMARTPHONE RIG

Even with a good case, a smartphone can still be hard to hold as steady as you need to for some shots. This Shoulderpod rig solves that problem with a large, adjustable grip that'll accommodate most smartphones, and goes the extra mile beyond that by adding both a detachable tripod mount and a stand that'll let you shoot steady shots without a tripod.

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CAMKIX WIRELESS CAMERA SHUTTER REMOTE CONTROL

If you're springing for a tripod, you'll also want to shell out a few extra bucks for a remote shutter control. This one from CamKix will work with any iOS or Android device, and will give you a range of about 30 feet. A handy lanyard will help ensure you don't lose it—or, as the company notes, it's even small enough to keep on a keychain if you're using it frequently.

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ANKER POWERCORE 10000

The last thing you want when you're halfway through a day of shooting is a dead phone battery. A battery case is one option, but a separate battery pack may be better if you're also using a number of other phone accessories. This one from Anker is small enough to toss in any bag, and will give you roughly two to four full recharges depending on your phone.

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This story originally appeared on Popular Mechanics.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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