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This Affordable Photography Gear Can Turn Your iPhone 11 Pro Into a Portable Studio

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The latest iPhone announcement made a big deal about how you could use the new iPhone Pro to shoot professional video. Skeptics abound. If you really want to use your new iPhone Pro as a portable studio, you’re going to need a few other things to get started shooting.

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Vastar Universal Smartphone Tripod Adapter

Tripod mounts are a pretty universal aspect of photography gear, but phones don’t have them built in. Luckily, an affordable adapter like this one is all you need to fix that.
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Apple claims its new iPhone can stabilize your video, but nothing works quite as well as a good tripod. In order to attach your phone to any decent tripod (or monopod), you’ll need an adapter like this one. It adjusts to any smartphone size and grips your phone in place. You can then attach it to any tripod using the standard screw mount you’re used to seeing on your photography equipment.

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AmazonBasics 60" Tripod

With even a basic tripod like this one, you’ll be able to take much smoother video, and much better Night Mode shots
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Rely on post-processing for image stabilization and you might get a usable shot. Rely on a cheap tripod and you’ll get stable footage every time. Using the above mount, you can put your phone on any tripod designed for a traditional camera. Even the filmmakers Apple hired used a tripod, so take a page out of their book.

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ULANZI U-Grip Pro

If you’re shooting on the move, an inexpensive U-grip will result in a much smoother shot than just holding the phone in your hand.
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If you’re using an iPhone to shoot, it’s likely that you’re shooting outside of a studio environment. In that case, a portable grip can do wonders for your footage. Not only does this give you a more natural place to hold onto your phone — further reducing camera shake — but you can also mount additional accessories to it, like a microphone or a light.

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Auxiwa Clip on Selfie Ring Light

Ring lights are designed to evenly light faces, and this inexpensive option will be flattering to your subjects.
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Paired with the above grip, you could slap on some lighting modules, but the quickest, easiest way to add some light to a scene is with a ring light. These clip on ring lights are designed to work on both the front and rear-facing cameras on your phone, so you can splash your subject with a little more photons without carting around giant stands with white umbrellas attached.

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Neewer 43-inch Light Reflector Set

Even if there’s plenty of light available for your shot, it might not be pointed in the direction you need. Inexpensive reflectors like these can fix that.
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I mention light reflectors every time I can because they’re really that versatile. Whether lighting outdoors, often your light sources aren’t always shining in the direction you need. Rather than bring whole new lights, you can use a reflector to bounce light onto your subject. They can also be used either indoors or outside to fill in shadows or create a different look. This pack folds down into an easy, portable case so you can toss them in a small bag for a portable shoot.

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Eric Ravenscraft

Freelance writer for The Inventory.