Phones are great at capturing moments on the go, but a phone camera can only take you so far. If you want to elevate your photography, you’re going to need to upgrade your equipment.

These six tech essentials make it easier to take professional-quality photos and upgrade your photography game.  

A Compact Mirrorless Camera

The Olympus Pen Mirrorless camera without a lens.

Mirrorless cameras are a great step up from your iPhone, and the Olympus PEN E-PL9, which is designed for beginners, makes the transition easy. Weighing in at 12.8 ounces, you can easily shove it in your purse, fanny pack, or even your back pocket. 

Equipped with Bluetooth, it is quick and easy to upload and share your photos with Instagram. Capturing images at 16.1 megapixels compared to the latest Iphone’s 12. The ability to fully customize and utilize all of the creative and editing features on this camera means you can adjust the settings exactly the way you want. The different lenses come in a variety of colors as well, so you can build a camera that is right for you. 

Not only is this camera compact, but the vintage look and feel also makes you feel hip just by holding it. 

A Bag to Carry All of Your Gear

Image via AER.

Buying a bag that's sole purpose is storage for your camera and accessories is wasteful. Especially know when a laptop is as much a part of photography as the camera itself.

You can store your camera, laptop, a book, and all of your chargers in the fashion-forward AER Tech Sling

This stylish sling has multiple interior pockets for organizational ease. You can safely store your camera in a separate sleeve from your emergency Larabars. The dual carry strap allows you to carry like a briefcase or messenger bag. 

A Large (Yet Compact) Power Bank

The Anker PowerCore 20100 power bank.

We are all familiar with the feeling triggered when the ‘low battery’ notification pops up on our devices. A power bank is a necessity in 2019. 

The Anker PoreCore 20100 power bank deserves all its top ratings. We’ve been fans of Anker for many years. Recently we upgraded to this model because of the dual charging capabilities.

When traveling, it is nice to have this bank in case you are stuck without a compatible outlet. In case you need some extra juice or want to binge your favorite Netflix show. You can fully charge your iPhone at least seven times.

A Mobile Gimbal

A gimbal holding a mobile phone.

If you aren’t quite ready to spend the money on a new camera or gimbal, the DJI OSMO is a great option. Built for your smartphone, this accessory is offered at a lower price point than a traditional gimbal.

You can edit and customize your videos with music, filters, and effects. Uploading and sharing them on social media is also very easy. The story mode offers multiple templates that can be added automatically while filming so you can focus on soaking in your surroundings.

The foldable design makes it easy to take anywhere and carry in your pocket or purse. Mounting your phone is also very easy if you have used a selfie stick before you can figure this out. With all the controls on the joystick, you can easily operate with one hand. Be aware, shooting 4K video will drain your phone battery, so make you have a power bank close by. 

An External Hard Drive

A Macbook and an external hard drive.

Photos and videos take up a ton of room on any device, so an external hard drive is essential. As you can see, the LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive’s sleek design is convenient for traveling, holding up to 2TB of data weighing .66 pounds. If you want to get a bigger hard drive, you can also keep one at home, up to you. The USB 3.0 also ensures speedy transfer rates, which is great. 

LaCie offers a free 2-month subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography when you buy this particular drive. This promo is nice when you are starting out and want to try new programs cost-effectively. Both the Adobe program and the hard drive give you the ability to organize, transform and, share your photos from anywhere.  

Photo Editing App

There are countless photo editing apps out there, but we're big fans of Snapseed. Known for its robust features and intuitive interface, you’ll be editing photos like a pro in no time. 

In typical Google fashion, Snapseed gives users a vast amount of editing options to bring your photos to life. And the best part? It's free!


So those are our six tech essentials for getting started on your photography journey. Now get lost in nature and capture some breathtaking photos!

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Nov 7, 2019

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