Year 2018 is almost here and so is a new reason to gift your friends, family and loved ones something special. If by chance you are planning to gift something to someone who is a mobile photographer or a mobile photography enthusiast, then this article can help you. I have tried to compile a list of some really cool new year gift options and that too under the budget of Rs.500.
Smartphone Camera Lens Kit 3-in-1
One challenge a smartphone users faces is that the camera gives you a fixed focal length. You can still zoom in to your frame, but then the quality of the photo degrades as you zoom in. But in order to zoom out using a smartphone camera, you do not have any option to do so.
With the use of external mobile camera lenses you can easily get closer the the subject, get a wide angle or fish eye effect and click macro photos. I personally use Drumstone Universal 3 In 1 Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit and this helps me click wide angle photos, macro photos and fish eye effect photos.
LED Light for Photos, Videos and Selfies
There are situations when the lighting condition in low and clicking photos, selfies or shooting videos can be a struggle. How cool it would be if you can carry a light source in your pocket, right?
Photron FL100 Portable 16 LED Selfie Enhancing Dimmable Flash Fill-in Light is a portable LED light that can be used on-smartphone and off-smartphone as well. Simply mount it on the earphone jack spot and you are good to click photos, selfies and shoot videos in low-light conditions.
Mini Smartphone Tripod
A tripod is one of the basic photography accessories that a photography enthusiast should have in order to click sharp photos and to shoot videos. Using a tripod you can shoot timelapse videos, click long exposure photos and make YouTube videos as well.
Captcha Mini Mobile Tripod With 360° Rotating Ball Head With Mobile Clip is a portable tripod that easily fits in your bag as well as your jean pocket. It also comes with a 360 degree rotating ball head which allows you to adjust the smartphone camera angle as per your desire.
Lapel Mic for Video Recording
If your friend is eagerly wanting to start his/her own YouTube channel, you can give him/her a push by gifting a lapel mic. This mic can be used to record videos from a distance as well, and will record the audio much better as compared to the smartphone mic.
Clip On Mini Lapel Lavalier Microphone would cost you less the Rs.200, but the smile on your friends face would be priceless.
Camera Lens Mug (something off-topic but useful)
Flintstop Camera Lens Coffee Mug is the coolest mug a photography can own. You can use it as a show piece or actually make use of it to sip coffee or tea. Trust me, this is one of the classiest new year gift you can give to your loved ones.