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?
What do you buy for a photographer for Christmas? Most people can’t afford to buy things like lenses or cameras, but there are plenty of present ideas out there for someone who is passionate about photography. I’m sure I am not the only one who finds more things I’d like for myself when out Christmas shopping for my friends and family, so I thought I would share some gift ideas for the photographer in your life. A few of these will be on my wishlist this year.
1. Racoon Tote Bag– There are lots of camera print accessories available out there, but this one is double good combining a cute creature plus a camera. £22.50
2. Mini Kiko Frames– Print your photos! Really, so many memories get lost on hardrives, printing your favourite photos from the year and framing them up is a perfect way to spend a lazy Christmas break. I love these vintage style glass Kiko frames, and these mini versions would make beautiful Christmas decorations which you can update every year £24.95
3. Smile Print– Cheer up your walls with this A3 print £25
4. Fingerless Gloves– Ok hear me out here, these are an essential photographers gift. Its cold out and gloves are essential, but when you are photographing you want to be able to fiddle the dials and press the buttons easily. These capped fingerless gloves set your fingys free when needed, and then you can tuck them away in the warm when not. £10
5. Camera print scarf. I’m into scarfs. This one has cameras. No brainer. £14
6. Camera pendant. Always have a camera hanging round your neck with this pretty vintage charm necklace with verdigris finish £16
7. Camera print notebook– I always have a notebook in my camera bag for ideas, locations, random scribblings and for £3.50 its a perfect stocking filler
8. Vintage Camera Notes and Tags– Send out some prints with your thank you cards and write it all on lovely letterpress notecards. £7.50
In Part 2 I will share some recommendations for photography gifts such as camera gear, photography accessories and books for the photographer