12 Fun, Useful Products for TikTok Creators & Short Form Content

Increasing reach and engagement with short form content means getting the right gear. Here's our top products.

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If you're a photographer, filmmaker, or content creator, and you're not making short-form videos on platforms like IG Reels, TikTok, or YouTube shorts, then you're really missing out! The reach of these platforms is simply mind-blowing.

Personally, by creating and sharing content on TikTok and IG Reels, I managed to grow my audience by 30,000 in less than a year. I was also able to network with big-name creators and partner with some amazing brands that I love, like Fujifilm, Moment, and Adobe, just to name a few.

If you're not sure how to get started, don't worry! Short-form video content creation doesn't have to be a massive transition in your workflow. You can share your creative process, show your audience what you do, or teach them the skills they need to be successful. As long as your content is educational, entertaining, and/or relatable, it has the potential to do well, no matter the production value. Whether you have a full mirrorless video rig or just your phone and a good mic, you can create amazing content.

So, if you're an aspiring TikTok star, content creator, or filmmaker/photographer looking to get into short-form video, here's a list of my favorite tools to help get you started.

1. Moment MagSafe Case for iPhone

This phone case is the real deal for me! It not only keeps my phone safe, but it also looks amazing and pairs perfectly with my favorite Moment lenses. Plus, the best part is that it lets me streamline my entire mobile content creation process. How? Well, the built-in magnets work with Moment's MagSafe mounting accessories, making it super easy to attach and detach my lenses. It's a total game-changer!

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Moment Case for iPhone 15 / Plus / Pro / Pro Max - Compatible with MagSafe

Looking for an iPhone 15 case that's sleek, strong, & functional? Easily attach your mobile lens, it mounts anywhere via Magsafe & offers top-notch protection.

Buy for $49.99

2. Pro Tripod Mount - Portrait

If you're making videos for TikTok or IG Reels, then being able to film in portrait orientation is crucial. That's why I absolutely love the Pro Tripod Mount - it makes it super easy to pop my phone onto my tripod, film a few clips, and then remove it quickly without any fussing around with clamps or complicated attachments.

And if I need to attach a microphone or LED light, the mount's included cold shoe has got me covered. It's seriously the perfect tool for any mobile content creator.

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Tripod Mount - for MagSafe®

The most seamless way to mount your phone! Turn any tripod MagSafe compatible using Moment Tripod Mount. Attach accessories with the included cold shoe mount

Buy for $62.99

3. Lightning to TRRS Adapter

If you're creating short-form video, you've only got a few seconds to grab your viewer's attention. That's why having great audio is an absolute must! And one of the easiest ways to make your content stand out is by using a dedicated microphone.

If you're looking to use a higher quality lav mic or shotgun, then this adapter is an absolute essential. It'll help you capture crystal-clear audio that'll take your videos to the next level.

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SR-C2002 - 3.5mm Female TRRS to Lightning Adapter Cable

Jack's dead, enter Dongle Life! Get your audio working with the Saramonic SR-C2002 short 3.5mm TRRS female jack to Apple Lightning adapter cable

Buy for $17.00

4. Smart Lav+ Microphone

The SmartLav+ is my favorite microphone to use for capturing audio with my iPhone. It can be clipped to your collar, hidden inside your shirt, or you can even hold it in your hand for great audio on-the-go.

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RØDE Microphones

SmartLav+ Lavalier Microphone with 3.5mm Jack for Mobile Phones

You need a broadcast-grade TRRS mic? The Rode SmartLav+ is a wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of film, television, and broadcast scenarios

Buy for $99.00

5. Manfrotto Pixi Tripod

My favorite tripod just so happens to be the most affordable and portable one in my collection. It's super easy to use too! All you have to do is mount your phone or camera, spread out the legs, and then push the button to dial in the perfect angle.

And the best part is, this tripod isn't just great for holding up your camera - it's also perfect for rigging up microphones or lights when you need to. It's seriously the ultimate tool for any content creator on the go.



PIXI Mini Tripod

Packing small? We get you! The Manfrotto PIXI is the perfect mini tripod for compact cameras and smartphones. Count on great quality, in a small package

Buy for $29.99

6. Multithreaded Mount For MagSafe

If you want to take your shot composition to the next level, then you've got to stop shooting everything at eye level. And with the multithreaded mount, it's never been easier to get creative with your camera angles.

This mount allows you to attach your phone to friction arms, rigging equipment, or boom arms - making it super easy to capture low angle shots, high angle shots, and even my personal favorite: top-down overhead shots. 

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Multi Threaded Mount - for MagSafe® - Open Box

Love magnets? Mount your phone to any 1/4”-20 or 3/8” accessory using the Multi-Threaded Mount for MagSafe®, the first mount of its kind. Open Box and Great

Buy for $39.99

7. FujiFilm XS10 Camera

Whenever I want to take my video quality to the next level, or get that gorgeous, shallow depth of field effect, I always reach for my trusty Fujifilm X-S10. It's the perfect balance of image quality, portability, and amazing color - which is especially great for those who don't want to spend hours color grading their short-form video footage.

And the flip screen is an absolute game-changer when it comes to framing and nailing the perfect lighting and exposure for my shots. It's seriously my go-to camera for all of my content creation needs.

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X-S10 APS-C Mirrorless Camera

Looking for a great all-rounder camera, that won't break the bank? The Fujifilm X-S10 offers renowned design, engineering, and color in an accessible package

Buy for $999.00

8. FujiFilm 18mm F/1.4 Len (Backup 16mm F/1.4)

When it comes to creating video content, my go-to lenses are the tried-and-true FujiFilm 16mm F/1.4 and the updated FujiFilm 18mm F/1.4. These bad boys are absolute game-changers when it comes to creating that up-close-and-personal, "talking head" style content, while still keeping the background nice and blurry (even in my tiny office space). But that's not all - these lenses also work great for capturing b-roll footage, wide scenes, and even getting in close for those faux-macro shots. They're seriously the most versatile lenses in my kit.

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XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR Lens

Looking to get close and wide with your Fuji? The FUJINON XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR prime will be your new versatile, high-quality, portable, weather-resistant friend

Buy for $999.00
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XF 16mm F1.4 R WR Lens

Looking for a fast and wide prime for your FUJIFILM X-mount mirrorless camera? The XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR is a 24mm-equivalent wide-angle specifically for you

Buy for $999.00

8. RODE Video Micro

Let me tell you, in my opinion, this is the most versatile shotgun mic you can get for the price when it comes to creating content. I use it all the time for TikTok, IG Reels, and even my YouTube videos. Whether you're using it with your mirrorless camera or your trusty smartphone, you'll be able to capture vlog-style audio that's crystal clear. And when you're in the studio, just boom it up close to your mouth, right outside the frame.

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RØDE Microphones

VideoMicro - Compact On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

One of the best value-for-money smartphone on-camera microphones out there! The RØDE VideoMicro is a compact high-quality shotgun mic that won't break the bank

Buy for $59.00

9. TRS to TRRS Cable

To use your RODE Video Micro with your phone, this cable is essential. It's perfect for vlogging or setting up talking head shots in your TikTok studio.

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Extended Length 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Cable

Is your mic getting pulled on by the cable? Comica has got you covered with this long high-quality 3.5mm TRS to TRRS cable in 350mm length. No coils no pulls!

Buy for $1.99

10. Mefoto Benro Backpacker

When I need something more than a pocket-sized tripod, the Benro Mefoto Backpacker is my go-to. It's the perfect height for shooting short-form video content on location, and when I'm finished, it packs up small and compact. It's a total no-brainer.

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MeFOTO Backpacker Aluminum Tripod Kit

You demand durability from a tripod on the road? The MeFOTO BackPacker Aluminum Tripod Kit has a fully-featured lightweight photo tripod that packs super small

Buy for $169.99

11. Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone

Are you ready to level up your audio game? Look no further than the Shure MV7. Whether you're a little camera shy, recording voice overs, or adding that perfect podcast-quality audio to your TikToks or IG Reels, this mic is the one for you. The best part? It's super versatile with both XLR and USB outputs, so you can plug it into your computer without any extra adapters or converters.

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MV7 Dynamic Podcast Microphone with USB and XLR

Your podcast needs great audio! The Shure MV7 is a dynamic microphone that will deliver this through USB or XLR. It works with a computer or a pro interface

Buy for $249.00

12. DJI Action 2

If you're looking to add some POV (point of view) footage to your short-form video content without having to hold your phone all the time, an action cam is a must-have. And the DJI Action 2 is just what you need! It comes with a magnet mount that lets you clip the camera to your clothing, making it easy to film behind-the-scenes content without drawing too much attention to yourself.

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Pocket 2 - Stabilized Camera

It doesn't get more convenient than this to shoot smooth video! Record memorable moments shakeless with the DJI Pocket 2, a tiny camera built into a gimbal!

Buy for $314.00
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Shooting Portraits on Fuji with Reggie Ballesteros

In this lesson, Professional Fuji Portrait Photographer Reggie Ballesteros will walk you through his entire process when shooting couples' portraits.

Buy for $50.00
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Home - Faded Film

A timeless preset pack for lifestyle photographers. This pack is perfect for those who want to create timeless photographs as you document life.

Buy for $29.99

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