Some of the most popular items to purchase for holidays and birthdays are centered around photography. Think about it. Do you have a passion for photography? Are you a budding blogger? Or do you have a friend or family member who has a passion for photography? It can be a daunting task for someone who knows little about cameras and equipment to find the best gifts for photographers. I know I am addicted to my camera, and I have been drooling over some of the most amazing products that are available today. With holidays and special occasions seemingly always near, I decided I would put together a list of gifts for photographers. If you know NOTHING about photography but have someone who does or wants to learn, then you will LOVE this list.
To get started with the list, you can’t become a photographer without a camera. Whether you are new or breaking into it, you want to have a great camera. I have always used a Cannon, but I have a lot of friends out there who are “Nikon 4Lifer’s”. Cannon is what I started with, and probably what I will always have. I have been DROOLING over the new Canon EOS 5DS. Now this is the “bee’s knee’s” of a camera, and a girl can dream. (Just drool and dream with me for a minute….the affordable camera is below this one.)
Now that the dreaming is done, if you are looking for a little more affordability when buying a camera, check out the Cannon EOS Rebel T5. This package comes with just about everything a new budding photographer would love: lenses, a tripod, and accessory bundle. At just over $500, you get a lot of BANG for your buck. It’s a great place to start, and it is a FANTASTIC camera.
Gifts for Photographers
I have had this EXACT tripod for a LONG time. Whether you are using your camera for video, or taking some delicate shots that requires a steady shot…this tripod is amazing. It’s also something you will want on hand when you become more skilled at shooting. I even use it with my iPhone6S Plus with this handy iPhone attachment. It makes life easy when you are doing a live video for Periscope!
Gifts for Photographers
If you are a blogger (or a budding blogger) then you will also be taking pictures inside of your home. Lighting can become a problem, and if you don’t have a good amount of light, your photos will not be optimal and will be full of grain. Solve that problem with this awesome flash. When it’s dreary out, or I am working late and the lighting is horrible, I will attach this flash and point it (the flash) to the ceiling.
Once it is synced with your camera, point and shoot and be amazed at how it scatters the light for the perfect photo. You may have to adjust the brightness until you get what you are looking for (which is another amazing feature I LOVE) and you will be so happy with the results. Your pictures won’t look like they were shot on a dreary or dark day. It’s one of my favorite little products.
You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars on a camera bag, BUT YOU DO have to have a camera bag. You will surely run out of room with the little manufacturers bag, so make sure you grab one that is large enough to fit your camera body and lenses, as well as anything else you might bring.
10 Great Gifts for Photographers
I like to carry a large bag like this when I travel because it’s large enough for my laptop or iPad, as well as a notebook or two.
If you’re a girl like me, you usually want to ditch that funky black camera strap and get something a little more “girly” and creative. You can find fun camera straps online, and here is one of my favorites. I love the navy and white. If you are a guy, or getting something for a guy…they will probably be perfectly fine with the black camera strap.
Gift Ideas for Photographers
If you want to get really creative, there are tutorials out there that teach you how to make your own camera strap.
Another great gift idea is a great lens. When I first started with my camera I used the lens that came with the kit. As I became a little more advanced in my skills, I started looking at lenses that would compliment what I would be using them for.
I grabbed this 50mm f/1.8 lens and I have been a happy camper ever since. I literally have this on my camera body 90% of the time. It’s a marvelous thing to have! Whether you are shooting portraits for hobby, for family, or food for a blog…this “nifty fifty” lens is the perfect addition to any budding photographers stash.
Another very important piece of the photography puzzle is an SD card. You can’t save photos if you don’t have one!
If you own a Canon or are thinking of getting one, this wireless remote control is a great gift to give, and under $10.
This portrait studio is a must have if you are doing photography indoors. I have this set up and it is always a life saver when I am shooting food or crafts on a cloudy day with limited light.
If you are ready to get started with photography, or ready to step things up with your current game, this is a great list to get started with. It doesn’t have to be hard to find the perfect gifts for photographers, and the basics can really go a long way.