Camera Ops: 6 Ways to Turn Your Phone Into a Professional Camera

6 Ways to Turn Your Phone
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* Photo accessories ranging from clip-on lenses to full video stabilizer rigs
* Turn your phone into a valuable photography tool with enhanced images
* Easy way to capture images whether you’re an amateur shutterbug or photo pro

Capture test shots, print right from your phone, and meter available light with these six ways to turn your phone into a professional camera accessory. Especially if you shoot medium or large format film, your phone could be your camera’s new replacement best friend.

1. Shoulderpod S1 Professional Smartphone Rig

The Shoulderpod S1 Professional Smartphone Rig is a handy, multi-purpose tool that can be used as a videographer grip, tripod mount or travel stand. With its adjustable breadth, it fits most modern smartphones. It holds the phone securely, giving you a handling advantage and letting you shoot much more stable video clips. It also lets you mount your phone to your existing tripods, letting you use the phone to take test images and as a light meter.

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2. Amir 3-in-1 Fisheye Clip-On Lenses

The Amir 3-in-1 Fisheye lenses give your smartphone a whole new outlook. The three lenses feature solid aluminum bodies and high-quality glass to help take your #phoneonly photography to new heights of creativity. Included are a 180-degree fisheye lens, a 10x macro lens and a .4x super wide-angle lens. When a subject is lit just right these can deliver really surprising photographic results, with some stunning images possible especially with the macro lens, which lets you take advantage of the smartphone’s inherent excellence at close-up work.

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3. Movo Smartphone Video Grip Rig Kit

The Movo Smartphone Video Grip Rig Kit combines a robust and ergonomic monopod handle with an LED video light. Great for travelers and street videographers, as well as studio photographers looking to test shots for proof-of-concept, this smartphone video grip rig turns your phone into a useful photography accessory.

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4. Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Smartphone Printer

This portable and easy-to-use smartphone printer lets you print instant camera-style pictures from your smartphone’s camera roll. The Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 Smartphone printer works with iOS and Android, and communicates with your phone over WiFi. The whole process is smooth and portable and lets you drastically shorten the journey from your phone’s memory to the physical world.

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5. Insta360 Nano 360

If you’re looking for something completely different, the Insta360 Nano 360-degree camera is a spherical camera that attaches to your iPhone and turns it into a handy VR-recorder. The Insta360 Nano features dual 210-degree cameras and can let your phone shoot 3K HD panoramic video.

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6. Elecwave 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

One of the most advanced handheld stabilizers on the market for smartphones, the Elecwave 3-axis gimbal stabilizer camera mount is like a steady cam designed for your phone. This smartphone mount really comes into its own for videographers looking to take test clips and for such uses as recording skate videos and action clips.

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