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    20 Things That'll Help You Take The Best Photos Of Your Entire Life

    I've always thought photographers were the coolest people on earth. Who's with me on this?

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    1. A flexible tripod with bendy, octopus-like legs to keep your camera steady for all those irreplaceable moments.

    Amazon

    This tripod comes with a wireless remote control shutter. Simply connect via Bluetooth with iOS and Android smartphones.

    Promising review: "We love to go out on hikes and having this with us allows us to take family photos by ourselves, without the need of a stranger to do it! The Bluetooth remote is a true necessity." —J

    Get it from Amazon for $20.77.

    2. A photography masterclass from Udemy's Online Courses with professional instructors who will teach you EVERYTHING — from lighting and composition to shooting and editing. It even covers how to make money with photography!

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    Harper, a writer here at BuzzFeed, tried and loved this online photography class — you can check out the full review for more info!

    Promising review: "Great class! This course had more info than I even expected. As a total newbie, I feel so much more confident about going out into the world and starting my portrait photo business, and also using the skills I learned about nature/wildlife photography to boost my hobby skills. I learned so much and can't wait to put my new skills to the test. Thanks guys!" —Connor Clayton

    Get it from Udemy for $11.99 (originally $199.99).

    3. A wireless remote control so you don't run between setting up the camera and your spot, only to strike the perfect pose the moment the self-timer flash tells you, "sorry, too late."

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    To pair this remote with your phone, simply turn on the remote and your phone's Bluetooth, wait a few seconds for the remote's name to pop up, and click! Compatible with both iOS and Android.

    Promising review: "This Bluetooth remote works perfectly with my iPhone 7 to take photos and videos. It also works well with other photo apps (Snapchat, Instagram, etc). It's small enough to hide in my hands from the camera and still be able to operate it!" —LRM

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in five colors).

    4. And! A wireless remote control for your DSLR camera because sometimes the cameraman wants to be in the picture, too.

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    To set it up, go into your camera's menu and search for "remote setting" or "self-time/remote control mode".

    Promising review: "This has been great for me as an amateur who mostly uses my camera for photography while traveling. Especially for shots that need long exposures and/or are of far-away objects, using the remote shutter trigger really helps to keep the blur down. I use this with my D3400. It gets the job done, it's very light, and it doesn't take up much space in my camera bag." —Ross Binkley

    Get the Canon-compatible remote or the Nikon-compatible remote from Amazon for $8.49.

    5. A festive fringe backdrop that can bring your picture to L-I-F-E. Whether it's your grandma's 80th birthday party or a New Year's Eve party, this backdrop needs to be on the RSVP list!

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    Promising review: "This background adds a fantastic pop of color. It’s fun and classy! I will definitely order more for future parties." —Kallen Schneider

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 13 colors).

    6. A waterproof phone pouch you need to pack for your next tropical getaway.

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    Promising review: "This is an awesome pouch! I took it on a Carnival cruise and I used it in the pool and on the beach. It kept my phone dry for the entire trip! It took awesome pictures and videos, the sound quality from inside the pouch was AMAZING!" —Johnny Whiplash

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    7. Some stick-on LED lightbulbs to give you that extra GLOW after you finesse your makeup and can't wait to snap a selfie to show it off to the world.

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    These dimmable bulbs install with zero hassle — you simply stick them to any size mirror you choose.

    Promising review: "Quickly turned the large mirror in my bedroom into a dreamy vanity space. I can't live without this lighting now, and I have another set that I take with me when I travel out of state! Pictures look amazing and detailed. My makeup is forever looking bomb because I can actually see what I'm doing now!" —bear

    Get a set of 10 light bulbs from Amazon for $21.99.

    8. A Pooch Selfie clip-on to be the best pup-parazzi in town!

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    Promising review: "I bought this after adopting my adorable and excitable rottweiler. I was hoping to get some nice pictures to share with friends and guess what, this thing works! At first, my fiancé mocked me for buying this but now he sees the great pictures and says this idea is genius. Titan loves tennis balls and the squeaky function really allows me to capture his attention." —Maranda

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A kitty-shaped LED ring light with nine light settings that'll have you feline extra fine.

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    Promising review: "I'm no expert in using natural lights and all that so I researched selfie lights and came across this one. Let me tell you, don't be fooled by how affordable it is or how small it looks! It's compact so it can easily be carried in a purse. It has three light colors and each has three brightness levels that make you look amazing! I love that this can easily serve as a reading mini clip-on lamp too! Plus, it's rechargeable so there's no need to use batteries. If you're looking for a selfie light, you've got to give this a try, I promise you won't regret it !" —Ena

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    10. Or! This professional-grade ring light to shoot glamorous makeup photos or film YouTube videos. The dual-color setting and wide dimming range make this the ~do-it-all~ lighting equipment.

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    It has an expected 70,000 (!!!) hours of shooting time and comes with a wireless remote control.

    Promising review: "I wanted a light to film my Instagram videos. So, I ordered this 18-inch LED ring light and it’s perfect, I am so happy with it. If you do a lot of indoor photoshoots, you should definitely buy this item. The lighting is great and it really makes my photos and videos POP. It was easy to put everything together. It also includes a bag to easily transfer the light." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

    11. An illuminating, dimmable LuMee phone case so you never have to (embarrassingly) ask a friend to turn on their flashlight for you at a bar.

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    This case has front- and back-facing ambient lights to capture the perfect shot from any angle, minus the noisy back-light!

    Get it from Nordstrom for $69.95 (available in multiple iPhone sizes and colors).

    12. A clip-on macro and wide-angle lens kit to capture the finest detail or the vastest landscape — right from your phone!

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    Comes with a clip-on LED light that has three brightness settings.

    Promising review: "I use the wide angle lens for some selfies, it gives a fish-eye type look on the borders. Photography is my hobby and using these lenses with my iPhone has made everything so much easier. With the macro lens, it's possible to get super-close to objects. You'll also get a really shallow depth of field, even better than the portrait mode of iPhone 7 plus. The lens carrying case is great, makes it easier to just throw it in my backpack. Another upside is the lifetime warranty!" —Rehana Sadat

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    13. The GoPro HERO7 action camera that can shoot "SuperPhotos" and "HyperSmooth videos" and — most importantly — that's durable enough to document your wildest adventures and fondest memories!

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    The new GoPro HERO7 is super lightweight and is waterproof up to 33ft. It shoots videos like never before thanks to its HyperSmooth video stabilization system — meaning no more shaky videos! Not only is the video quality drastically enhanced, but the picture quality is also boosted with SuperPhoto, which automatically applies one of the four image processing options: high dynamic range (HDR), local tone mapping, multi-frame noise reduction, or no processing. This new model makes it easier to create time-lapse, slow-mo, and short videos.

    Get the HERO7 from GoPro for $399.99.

    14. A shooting tent with four colored backdrops for studio-quality product images you can create from your coffee table. This is perfect for anyone running a small business at home, or simply selling unwanted accessories on Poshmark!

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    Comes with a white tent, four backdrops (white, red, blue, black), two LED lights, and a mini tripod with an optional attachment for cellphones.

    Promising review: "This photo studio is by far the best purchase I've made all year. The value here is incredible and this item makes ALL the difference in lighting quality for your product photos. Everything you need is included, except the camera of course. The tripod works well for steadying your camera. The light bulbs included with this kit are the perfect daylight temperature for professional images. The case is part of the lightbox, which makes setup and subsequent pack up a breeze!" —Vector Supplies

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    15. Snapseed, a fan-favorite photo editing app that can remove unwanted photobombers in just a few simple swipes.

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    Apologies to my puppy in advance, but for the sake of this experiment I made her ball disappear, temporarily. Poof — like magic!

    Snapseed has 29 handy tools to help you fine-tune your image; the coolest and most useful tool would have to be its "healing" function because it can get rid of people, objects, and shadows from your picture. There's also the "brush" function to let you edit a specific area of the image.

    Get it for free for iOS and Android.

    16. How to Create Stunning Digital Photography, the epitome of everything you need, and more, to take surreal pictures with your DSLR.

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    This book is loved by over 2,200 reviewers!!! Getting the book also gives you access to 14+ hours of helpful online videos.

    Promising review: "I have chosen this book to use in the photography classes I teach because not only is it clearly written with great examples and illustrations, but the lifetime ebook subscription that is included along with the private Facebook group are tremendous and invaluable add-ons for beginning (and advanced) photographers!" —Christopher D. Reddy

    Get the paperback version from Amazon for $19.91.

    17. A ~magical~ microfiber cleaning cloth to polish your lenses and any other delicate surfaces. Perhaps your laptop screen that has your greasy fingerprints all over it, plus a splash of last night's dinner?

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My son bought an expensive DLSR camera and I asked if he needed anything to go with it. He looked for quite a while and these are the ones he chose. He especially liked the gray one because it helps with getting the right white balance as well as cleaning his lenses. He gave me two black ones and I use them for my phone, TV, glasses, and many other things. No lint and no streaking! These are great and will leave behind nothing but a clean surface." —PattyT

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $5.99.

    18. An Instax Mini 9 instant camera so you can snap pictures the old-fashioned way, making each picture that much more precious and special.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This camera works wonders. I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about getting it and the price is perfect for what it does. I have captured many, many memories with this little camera.♥︎" —HappilyKay

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $69 (available in five colors).

    19. The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, a powerful yet compact camera that provides a BIG bang for your buck. You'll want to take this camera everywhere you go because pretty much every image comes out like a work of art.

    Best Buy

    Three words to describe this point-and-shoot camera: small, powerful, and versatile. The 24–100mm zoom lens makes this the perfect camera for general purposes such as traveling and portraits (set the range to 80–90mm). Other specs that qualify this as a superb camera are its impressive low-light performance, convenient touchscreen, plenty of manual/auto modes, solid image stabilization system, fast image processor, and a one-inch sensor for more vivid and detailed images.

    Promising review: "I wish I could give this awesome camera a higher rating than five stars. It really is one of the absolute best point-and-shoot cameras I have ever owned. I'm only an amateur photographer but I won't settle for less than the best. I've had this G7X for a couple of months now and I'm so happy with it that I'd strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a really good point-and-shoot camera with features that you usually only see on a full-size DSLR. If you need a camera with image stabilization, excellent autofocus, fast FPS, the ability to shoot in the raw format, beautiful touchscreen, and great built-in wireless system — this is by far the best choice for a point-and-shoot!" —terryd75

    Get it from Best Buy, Amazon, or Canon for $649.99.

    20. A large capacity portable charger for your phone or camera because the race against a dying battery is NEVER fun.

    Amazon

    This charger has a 10,000mAh* capacity.

    *mAh = milliampere-hour. This measures the energy capacity of a battery — the higher the mAh, the larger the energy capacity, the longer the battery life. This portable charger's capacity allows you to recharge your phone faster and multiple times!

    Promising review: "I got this to charge my iPhone and camera in the backcountry of the Sierras. It worked perfectly for a week of backpacking! It's lightweight, small, and it works for any device that has a USB port. " —Bubbalicious

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in four colors).

    Now you'll always get the perfect shot on the first try, and you'll never have to hear or say:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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