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Everyone with a smartphone can be an influencer, or so the thinking goes. But with just a few relatively inexpensive accessories the amateur influencer can up his or her game and produce content at a much higher level of quality.
Here are seven of the best gadgets for influencers as recommended by the pros.
1. Flux Charger Plus
The Flux Portable Charger is one of the slimmest power banks out there. With built-in cables for both Android and iPhone, this nifty gadget can help you power your phone if you are taking a lot of videos, snapping pics or instagramming throughout the day. Even more, with the Flux Charger Plus you can power up your USB-C laptop as well.
“What I love about the Flux Charger Plus is that I can carry it anywhere and it will power up my phone throughout an entire day of shooting. It is easily one of the best purchases I’ve made.” – Goubran Bahou, creator of Goubtube with 1.5M likes on Facebook.
2. Tenba Reload Universal Card Wallet
A big problem for professional photographers and video creators is the amount of items they have to carry (lenses, cameras, mics, memories). With the Reload Universal Card Wallet from Tenba, you will never lose your valuable memory again.
“This is my secret favorite piece of equipment…because I never lose a memory card this way.” – DRock, videographer for Gary Vaynerchuk.
3. Blue Yeti USB Mic
If podcasts and interviews are your main area of focus, then the Blue Yeti‘s THX-certified sound quality, integrated gain control, and four recording modes (including stereo) make it a top choice for a USB microphone.
“I’m in love with my Blue Yeti microphone. Every time I interview someone for a podcast or a webinar, I use the Yeti to record high-fidelity sounds. Lately I have been using it with Google drive to speak-text many of my articles.” – Nicole Coppinger, co-founder of interviews site Future Sharks.
4. Rode Shotgun Mic
The Shotgun Mic created by Rode is a unique solution for intermediate to pro audio shooters that enhances the quality of audio to the next level. It’s surprising that there aren’t more mics like this one, offering an all-in-one shock mount/mic design.
“I’m a big fan of the Rode Shotgun mic. Audio quality is great and it only picks up what is directly in front — background noise is greatly reduced. Highly recommend for skits, vlogs, and any video where you talk to the camera.” – Markian Benhamou, also known as “the Smiling Redhead,” a Facebook influencer with over 750k followers.
5. DJI Osmo Mobile 2
If you do vlogs or snaps, the DJI Osmo mount will allow you to shoot better and more stable videos. Having a still picture will make amateur videos look like they were shot at a professional studio.
“I couldn’t live without my DJI Osmo, it allows me to shoot videos at a much higher quality and production value. My followers appreciate this.” – Brookelyn, UK sensation and Facebook influencer with billions of views.
6. BeastGrip Pro
The BeastGrip Pro is a resizable handheld cage with a 37mm lens mount and comes with macro, wide-angle and fisheye lenses. It isn’t something that you would carry all day given its monstrous size, but it allows you to take stabilized videos to a whole new level.
“There is no excuse to have anything less than a BEASTgrip on your camera. A BEASTgrip for some BEAST content. The takes that I am able to do are realistic and are one of the best shots I’ve ever taken.” – Miles Anthony, viral video creator and founder of Poos Caboose and The Crypto Times.
7. Lume Cube
The Lume Cube is a small but very powerful LED light source that will power up your photo or video needs. Fitting 1,500 lumens in a 1.5″ cube design, the Lume Cube is small enough to put several units in your pocket and use when needed. You can also control the lights with your phone.
“I first heard of the Lume Cube when I backed them on Kickstarter. Have been using the little cubes ever since. The very small body of the Lume Cube makes it a very valuable and easy-to-carry item that I always keep in my bag for any impromptu shots” – Markus Jelso, professional photographer for ecommerce brands and partner at TheInsuranceNerd.