As a photo editor, I recently did the unthinkable. Ahead of a photography trip, I left my DSLR at home in favor of my smartphone and phone accessories.
I’ve spent much of my life denying advances in photography—even going to digital from film took me years longer than everybody else—but after testing out a number of clever add-ons over the past few years, I finally caved: I admit that my iPhone can serve as my sole camera, in the right situations. It has double the megapixels of my first digital camera and 256 gigabytes of storage—far surpassing those first digital memory cards. With the right phone accessories, I’ve set myself up for travel photography and Instagram success by carrying just a few compact smartphone add-ons. Here’s what I never leave home without.
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