Whenever we travel, we have two main priorities: take epic photos and eat good food! Since the holidays are coming up, we put together a list of the best gifts for photographers. It includes all our favorite photography accessories, and we own most of these with the exception of a couple items that are still on our wish list.
Hopefully, this helps you shop for your photographer, videographer, or Instagrammer friend.
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Last Updated: October 28, 2021
25 Best Gifts for Photographers + Photography Enthusiasts
This is also assuming that the photographer in your life already has a camera and the lenses they want. A nice lens will be the best investment, and if you have the money to splurge, get them the some good glass! The rest of these are a more affordable, and I’ve labeled them with their price ranges.
I’ve been shooting for over 15 years, and I love that there is always something new to learn about photography. There are tons of great free online resources out there, but I’ve found that the best way to learn is through hands-on experience at photography workshops.
You can do some sleuthing. Find out who their favorite photographers are, and see if they offer workshops.
This is the current travel tripod we use. We’ve gone through a handful of tripods over the years, and we love this one because it’s both light and sturdy.
We also just picked up a video travel tripod that is still compact but has a 3-way fluid head. Use Manfrotto Coupon Code: MANFROTTO10 for 10% off until 12/31/2020.
Discovering Photo Mechanic was a game-changer in our editing workflow. It used to be used by journalists since they have to sort through so many photos but has gained a lot of popularity over the years.
It really makes editing so much faster and their new Plus version also helps you manage all your photos in a database.
These Motion Pro Variable ND Filters help you control the light coming through your lens to step up your photography and videography game. They are made with multi-coated cinema glass and industrial grade aluminum and there are 3-6 stops giving you a range from ND8 to ND64. Any photographer would be happy to get one – just be sure you get the right thread.
Under $100 Gifts
In case you can’t get to an outlet, a this is the power bank we use. It’s always a great option to give you any extra juice when you’re on the go, and it has two USB inputs, so we can both charge at the same time. Here’s another option if you need something more rugged. It’s waterproof, drop-proof, and crush-proof.
We recently picked up this Toploader camera bag specifically for sport climbing photography. It gives us easy access to the camera while we’re on the wall. It’s one of the things the pro climbing photographer recommended to us when we took the clinic.
Under $50 GIFTS
On those long flights, we’re always itching to get online to share photos with others or research our upcoming destinations for the best photo spots. Give the gift of Internet 30,000 feet above the ground.
One of the worst things that can happen while you’re out shooting is a dead battery. We always try to carry one or two additional batteries with us to avoid that situation and more if we’re shooting lots of video, long exposures, or will be in colder climates. Find out what camera they own, since different cameras may have different batteries.
We got our hands (or wrists) on a couple of these Spiffy Gear Lumee Lights and they’ve been handy to have with us. They are small and light and work like a slap bracelet so we can keep them on our wrists. With easy controls, you can adjust brightness and temps (or colors if you have the RGB one). Plus, they are magnetic!
Peak Design just launched its newest Kickstarter and the new Mobile system looks amazing. Whether you’re looking for a solid tripod for your phone, or mount for your bike (we just got a e-bike and can’t wait to use it on our rides), or just a pretty place to put it on your desk, they’ve thought of everything. I know I’d be happy to get this!
Any of these on your wishlist? Any other best gifts for photographers we’re missing?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.