While the screens of modern digital cameras are getting bigger all the time, none of them can hold a candle to the size and attractiveness of the iPad's screen. That's why lots of photographers use it to view their pictures. In order to do that, though, they need a way to move the SD card from the camera to the iPad. Enter Apple's Camera Connection Kit. These adapters plug into the dock connector and let photographers insert SD cards or connect cameras via USB. Expect to spend around US$30.
NOTE: The Camera Connection Kit uses the old 30-pin Dock Connector. If the photographer or filmmaker in your life has the iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch, or 4th generation iPad, they'll also need an adapter to the new 9-pin Lightning connector. Expect to spend another $30 on that.
4. Filmmaking Apps
Making films with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad isn't just about the cool hardware accessories you can get. There are a ton of powerful and helpful apps, too. From apps to plan out shots, use as a movie slate, or even edit video, there are dozens of great choices, starting at just a few dollars. A search at the App Store will turn up a lot more, but a few good candidates include:
- 8MM Vintage Camera ($1.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- Artemis Director's Viewfinder ($29.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- iMovie ($4.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- Movie Slate ($24.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- Pocket Call Sheet ($6.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
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6. Joby GorillaMobile and GripTight GorillaPod
To take a great photo, you either need a steady hand or you need a sturdy tripod. But what about the hard-to-fit, hard-to-reach, or otherwise difficult locations? It depends on the circumstance, of course, but Joby's GorillaMobile or GripTight GorillaPod may be able to help your iPhone-toting photographer. That's because these tripods are built out of strong, but bendable, legs that allow them to strike all kinds of complicated poses. They run $20-$40.
7. Kogeto Dot
9. olloclip Lenses
The cameras built into the iPhone and other iOS devices are great (and getting better all the time), but they don't offer advanced lens effects like telephoto, polarization to reduce glare, fish eye, and macro. If the photographer on your list wants to add some of these lens to their iPhone photography kit, olloclip offers a number of options including the $100 Telephoto + Circular Polarizing lens and the $70 Quick-Connect Lens.
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10. Photography Apps
The iPhone is a tremendous device for professional and novice photographers alike. Start with the iPhone 5S's 8 megapixel camera and add in any of the many useful and fun photography apps and you've got a recipe for great photos. Expect apps to cost anywhere from $1-$10. As with the filmmaking apps above, an App Store search will provide the widest range of options, but here are a few great photo apps:
- 360 Panorama ($0.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- Afterlight ($0.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- Camera+ ($1.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- David Busch's Nikon D7000 Companion App ($9.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- Diptic ($0.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- Instagram (Free - Download at iTunes)
- iPhoto ($4.99 - Purchase at iTunes)
- Over ($1.99 - Purchase at iTunes)