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Gift Guide: Photography and videography gifts for iPhone users

Added 11-25-21 08:31:01am EST - “Photography and videography gifts are a great option for anyone who sees their iPhone as a camera first and a phone second. Many of the options are equally useful for those who also shoot with a mirrorless or DSLR camera. Here are…” - 9to5mac.com

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Photography and videography gifts are a great option for anyone who sees their iPhone as a camera first and a phone second. Many of the options are equally useful for those who also shoot with a mirrorless or DSLR camera.

A tripod is the first accessory any photographer or videographer should buy. It may not be the most exciting stabilization tool available, but it’s the single most useful one. For all the fun and exciting camera movements we might want to use, you only have to watch any movie or TV show to see how much of it was tripod-mounted.

For an iPhone, small size and portability are key. The whole point of an iPhone is that it’s the camera you always have with you, so a tripod that is small and light enough to carry casually is ideal. This is the one I take with me. In addition to being suitable for use on any flat surface, it also provides a more stable and comfortable way to shoot handheld video, though I recommend holding with it two hands rather than one.

If you’re looking instead to buy a full-size tripod, the Manfrotto Travel Befree is an excellent option, combining portability with stability and flexibility of use. There are various models available, and if it’s for video use, make sure you get one with the video head, as this is needed for smooth panning and tilting movements. The aluminum model is cheaper, while the carbon fiber model is significantly lighter. You can add a separate iPhone holder to it if required – but you might as well pay a little more and get the Pixi, above, as this comes supplied with a good-quality one for only around $13 more than the holder on its own.

A gimbal is pretty much a must-have for video these days, allowing the flexibility of handheld shooting but without the shakiness. Gimbals have also become astonishingly affordable in the past few years.

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