What do you buy for a photographer for Christmas? Well if you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for a photographer, I have compiled a few selections for you, based on things I would like, and things I own. In my first post I shared some (mostly girly) gift ideas with camera prints and pretty scarves, so in this post I have got into some more practical gear and books which any photographer would appreciate.
1. OP/TECH Pro Strap– New DSLR for Christmas?- Help with that extra weight to carry by replacing the standard camera strap. I use the Optech Prostrap which is made from comfy neoprene and shaped to really help ease the load round your neck. It makes a huge difference. £15
2. Lens Cleaning Pen– Cheap, handy stocking filler, always good to have one of these in the camera bag £3.49
3. Colourful Camera Strap- Like high heels, sometimes us girls will sacrifice comfort for style, so if your photographer giftee might prefer something more colourful these camera straps are still comfy neoprene and come in a variety of colours and patterns
4. Black Rapid R Strap– These sling style camera straps will really make a difference when out for a day shooting. The strap goes over your shoulders rather than round the neck, and you can carry your camera to the side when not in use. The only reason I don’t use mine all the time is when I am photographing weddings I have 2 cameras and get tangled up, but I do swap to my R strap when I am out and about and on holiday. £43.40
5. GorillaPod– This lightweight and adaptable grippable tripod will secure your camera to all sorts of things, and will give you a steady base in all sorts of situations. Just so handy to have in the bag. The SLR zoom version is best for big cameras, but you can get smaller ones for compacts. £43.98
6. Spudz Micro Fibre Lens Cloth– Another cheap stocking filler, a microfibre lens cloth that crams into a little baggie to attach to your camera bag £4.43
7. Wireless Flash Triggers- Experienced amateurs with DSLRs and a flash will have tonnes of geeky fun with these inexpensive wireless flash triggers from Yongnuo. These will get the flash off camera and open up a whole new world of strobist photography. These are cheap, but I use them at every wedding. Canon or Nikon versions around £23
8. 50mm Lens- The nifty fifty, a cheap lens capable of producing brilliant results. If your photographer has a DSLR with the standard lens from the pack, then the 50mm would be the next step on for them, a great all rounder for portraits, low light photography and blurry backgrounds. Canon or Nikon Versions around £80
9. Ona Brooklyn Leather Satchel– A camera bag that looks like a classy leather satchel? Price tag to match but its one of the nicest camera bags out there that doesn’t shout photographer £429
10. FujiFilm X20 Digital Camera– There are way too many choices in compact digital camera, depending on what you want it to do and what you want to spend so do your research. But I would be very happy to recieve a Fuji X20, a serious compact camera with lovely retro styling and high end specs. A great alternative to carrying a DSLR.
11. Kelly Moore B Hobo Bag– Another nice ladies camera bag that says handbag rather than camera bag, still costly but cheap by Ona’s standards. £159
12. Books- I believe every photographer and creative person should keep looking at other’s work, however experienced and capable they are. You can always learn or be inspired, and should continue to push your own boundaries. The internet is full of everything, but personally I still value a lovely, solid book. A well thought out book is a wonderful and personalised gift for a photographer. Here are a few suggestions from weddings and portraits, to landscapes, fashion, documentary and fun ideas…
Photographers- What do you want for Christmas? Any other suggestions?