Recommended iPhone Photography Apps and Accessories

On this page, you’ll find all the iPhone camera apps, photo editing apps and iPhone photo accessories that I recommend and use myself.

Camera Apps | Editing Apps | Lenses | Tripods | Charging | Photo Techniques | Tutorials


Recommended iPhone Camera Apps

I’ve tried and still try lots of camera apps since 2012, but I keep returning to these previously three and now 4 iPhone camera apps. I consider them the best for my kind of travel photography with the iPhone.

With these four recommended iPhone camera apps, you can shoot HDR, RAW, in low light conditions, using automatic perspective correction, manual mode, and even in either ISO or shutter speed priority mode. Using Hydra camera app, You can even take 32-megapixel photos with your iPhone.

These iPhone camera apps support the three lenses of the iPhone 11 Pro & iPhone 12 Pro. They also work great on iOS14, and each one comes with an Apple Watch app that you can use as a remote shutter release.


These camera apps are the ones I’ve been using for years, and all of them are updated several times a year. To read more about these iPhone camera apps I use and the others I used in the past, this way to the blog, please.

Recommended iPhone Photo Editing Apps

One of my “traveling light” mindset is to get rid of things. And that applies to iPhone photo editing apps, too.

So, as of winter 2020 and with recent updates of Adobe Lightroom, I could (again) reduce the number of iPhone photo editing apps I use regularly. Currently, I’m just using these three apps to edit my photos right on iPhone. Probably Photoshop for iPad will join these apps soon.

With these recommended iPhone photo editing apps you can cover a lot of photo editing on iPhone and iPad.

I’ve written extensive reviews and tutorials for these recommended iPhone photo editing apps. You can find them all in the blog.

Recommended iPhone Lenses

Over the years, I’ve tried iPhone lenses from different brands; especially wide angle lenses. But I always return to the Moment lenses. These lenses are made of cinema quality glass contained in a metal housing.

They provide an excellent picture quality and are robust. Yet, they’re small and fit my traveling light lifestyle. And they have the easiest mounting system I’ve seen so far.

As the iPhone models have different lenses, many asked if and which lenses to buy. Well, that depends on your kind of photography and iPhone model.

  • If you have a single-lens iPhone model, I’d buy (again) all three of these in the following order: wide lens, telephoto lens and fisheye lens.

  • If you have an two-lens iPhone model with a telephoto and wide lens like the iPhone X or XS, I’d buy the wide lens, the fisheye lens and the telephoto lens (in this order).

  • If you have a two-lens iPhone model with an a wide and ultra-wide lens like the iPhone 11 or iPhone 12, I’d buy the Moment Tele Lens.

  • If you have a three-lens iPhone model, I’d buy the telephoto lens that you can mount over the iPhone telephoto lens for a larger zoom.


By the way, Moment also sells a lens cleaning pen and a remote bluetooth shutter release, which I recommend to use if you want to take a long exposure with your iPhone. So you might want to check out those two accessories, too.

As the Moment Cases for iPhone 12 are not yet available, you may want to check the Mous Limitless 3.0 review if you’re looking for a case that supports adding a wrist strap.

And if you’re still curious, head over to the blog and read all blog posts about lenses for iPhone that I’ve written so far.

Recommended iPhone Tripods and Mounts

An iPhone tripod is essential if you want to take sharp photos in low light conditions or take long exposures. The old tripod I used for my DSLR would work as an iPhone tripod, but it is oversized and too heavy.

So I looked for a new tripod that I could use with my iPhone and that would be portable and light. I ended up with two iPhone tripods that I use regularly. The AmazonBasics Travel Tripod and the Joby Gorillapod Magnetic.

Of course, all the iPhone tripods and tripod mounts listed here work with iPhone 11 Pro & Max, even with a case mounted.

The above list contains all the iPhone tripods I currently use. But I have more content in the blog about tripods and tripod mounts for iPhone.

Recommended iPhone Battery Packs

Especially when I’m out taking a lot of photos, the iPhone battery drains quickly. So I use different power banks to keep my iPhone battery charged. For my (old) iPhone 11, I used the Apple Smart Battery Case. As there isn’t a smart battery case for iPhone 12, I’m going back to the Anker power banks that I used previously.

Then, to avoid having to cary all the different cables with USB, USB-C and Lightning, I bought the charging cables from Nomad. They have all the adapters needed on a single cable and I can use them to charge my iPhone, iPad, Kindle and even my Olight flashlights.


Photo Techniques

Here are links to blog posts that cover some basic photo techniques like photo composition or taking a long exposure. These posts provide you with an overview about the topics and from there, you’ll find more in depth reviews, tutorials and apps to improve your iPhone photography.


iPhone Photography Tutorials

I regularely share photo editing and complete iPhone workflow tutorials in the blog. Plus, you’ll find ideas, tipps and tricks about image composition like when and how to use leading lines or how to convert photos to black and white using Lightroom Mobile. Here are the latest three tutorials in the blog.