Great, so your friend or love one is into Photography, and now you want to select a good gift for them. But, as you start looking around at photography products, things become clear that you might need a PHD in photography to understand what gifts do what things.
So I thought I would help you in selecting the best gifts for a Photographer. and we have put together a list of the Top Ten Gifts for both Amateur and Professional photographers alike.
Now, when selecting a gift for a photographer it can become stressful because we need to bear mind that all photographers are not the same, for a start we have the problem of what camera do they use? As there are many different make’s & models of camera's out there in the world. Then the problem of needing to know what lenses they have purchased already? As there are a wide range of lenses to choose from.
Then we have the problem of what type of photography they are into? As Sports, Wildlife or Landscape photography all need a different approach and equipment to achieve the perfect shot. We will also need to consider what level of photography they are at? As amateur and professionals need different things, lets say you wanted to buy a camera, a professional needs strong lightweight cases to carry around their kit, while a amateur would needs a good back pack that can distribute the weight evenly helping to lighten the load of a kit that the photographer will be carrying around all day.
So with all these variables to consider, I thought that I would keep it fun and best suited to all photographer’s needs while helping you to enjoy your experience of shopping for a photographer. However, for some of our gifts you may need to ask s/he what camera they are using before purchasing a product, but as most photographer's love to talk about photography so gaining this information should be easy without blowing your cover that you are getting them a great photography based present. However, if you cannot find out this information then we still have load's of gift ideas for you to choose from!
We have tried to keep cost's down for you by finding the best good quality priced products available online. We have also include links on the side for you to take a look at, we are not saying to buy that product but we are saying that to go cheaper in price will make the product quality drop down.
Although most people take for granted being able to hold a camera in their hands, in the new age. A tripod is still a necessary piece of equipment for any photographer to own.
A good tripod will create a shake proof photograph any time of day or night, and for night time photography a tripod is a must have piece of equipment.
Traditional Tripods have three legs but now the tripod family has grown in shapes and sizes, with the gorillapod (a baby sized tripod that can grip/rap-around railings) and the monopod ( a one legs monopod uses the floor and wall or body to lean on while capturing a photograph) making there waves around the globe. The Gorillapods are good for compact camera's or when in need of a tripod in a hurry but a traditional tripod is one that can be used in most situations, whereas a monopod suits sports photography but not night photography.
The great thing about selecting a tripod as a gift is that a tripod is made to attach to any camera, so you do not need to worry about if the tripod will fit onto the tripod head, although the weight of a lens can make some of the cheaper priced tripods topple over, the Manfrotto tripods are a great for with working with most weights of lens and still won't break the bank to purchase.
With load's of different filters on the market, there are three main options to choose from. Neutral Density Filters are like the sunglasses to a lens, helping photographers to limit the light source and create amazing art as a ND filter allows a photographer to turn day into night.
Polarising filter offer from ‘’clear’’ to different ‘’hints of colour’’, that tweak's the way the light flows into the camera lens changing the colour or glaze allowed into the camera to create a different end result. Filters are a great way to add a spark of creative flare to any photographers kit. You also have micro filters which are like the reading glasses to the lens, helping photography to get even closer to the subject they are trying to shoot.
After finding out the Make of the camera, the important thing to remember about filters is that filters do not fit all camera lenses, regardless of make! And this is where a problem may lay in purchasing this product. A solution into making a safe choice is knowing that most photographers have a 18/55m lens that came with their cameras, some also get a 70/210m lens very soon after. So you would be safe to get a 52mm or 62mm in the hope that it will fit one of their lenses. A 77m fit is a bit more expensive but the problem of fitting can always be taking away with purchasing ‘’step-up rings’’.
To purchase a Filter you will need basic information about the photographer's camera make.
Although you would think that a photographer does not need a memory card, facts are that we can never have enough space and the more space they have, the more shots we can shot in RAW. And, with time-lapse photography really starting to show its face in in the world, too much memory space is not a thing to moan about. And with computers memories now needed for loads of downloads, memory storage is needed.
An SP Memory Cards normally fit all Compact and entry level DRSL Cameras. However, the more professional the camera body means that the photographer will more than likely need a MB Memory card 4GB CF 15 MB Card (or higher memory of 16 or 32GB are always appreciated!)
Cool T'shirts, Jumpers and Clothing.
Nothing say's I love Photography more in summer than a secret coded photography T shirt. Yes, a T shirt saying ” I love Photography” is great, but if you’re travelling with over £500 pounds worth of photography kit, you don’t really want everybody knowing you’re a photographer.
So having cool, coded words on t shirts like “Everybody has a opinion by I'm happy with finding Good Views!" and"Rules are made to be broken". are a great way of being a proud photographer without the need to also feel brave!
Other good pieces of clothing that will always come in handy to a photographer range from thermal long johns and vests, mittens or/and pocket hand warmers in the winter months, to a short sleeve shirt in the summer. A Good tip if you plan to purchase a top for a photographer is to remember that the garment should be smart enough to wear to a wedding but with enough room for the photographer to bend over and still have enough to cover the midriff without showing any skin.
Camera rain covers
A camera rain cover is a very worthy gift indeed for a photographer to have. Yes, one would try to plans not to take photographs in the rain but truth be told, once a photographer really start enjoying capturing images, the only thing that will pull them away from a taking more shots is the thought of the camera becoming damaged.
Remote Shutter Release
Now, a remote shutter release is a great little piece of kit that
allows the photographer to step away from the camera while the camera is still able to take a photograph with a programmed timer to release the shutter or an infrared remote that tells the camera to take a photograph from a distance. Remote shutter releases work in a similar way to a TV remote.
These beauties come in two forms, a wire remote release or and wireless remote release. The wire remote offers more in flexibility in what they can do, different ranges can self-time and can be set to continually shoot repeatedly the frame from minutes to hours if needed depending in the remote, but this piece of kit adds great value to any photographers work.
To purchase a Remote shutters you will need basic information about the photographer's make of camera.
Photography tour/walk Voucher
Buying your loved one a photography tour or walk voucher is a great way for them to learn more about photography while having fun with other photographers.
Photography tours can be arranged in most cities of the world and you can normally buy a tour for both night and day. With tours lasting from a hour or two, to a weekend break or even a two week holiday (if you was looking for a once in a lifetime gift to buy), but regardless of how long you would like your photographer friend to take a tour for, touring with other photographers is a great way for a photographer to relax in an environment that they love.
With most of the photographic locations planed for the route beforehand by the tour company, this takes all the worry away of planning any type of location shoot from the photographer and with help from the professional photographer leading the tour, help and guidance will be in abundance , which in turn will allow the photographer to really push the boat out in creating master pieces of photography.
A two hour Photography tour is price at £100.
#Newsflash. PTAN are offering a private tour and a free tripod worth £25 for £100* this Xmas 2017.*Office ends dec 12th 2017. Sign up for newsletter on the website to receive the discount code.
One thing a photographer would love to see is a gift of a book with their own photographs inside. And, because the photographs are creates by the photographer, each photo selected will make the photographs wonder why you had selected that photograph to use. Making a photobook will also show them that you value their work enough to take the time and effort to go through their collection and create a book.
Photobook ‘s come in a wide range of variety, from a scrapbook
style photobook to the more professional photographic portfolio. Photobook's can be bounded in leather, hardback or paperback. You even have the choice to make one online or you can find a printing company in your local area that can make one for you if you give them a digital copy of the images you want printed.
Photobook's can have a maxi number of around 400 pages and start from as little as 20pages, and its up to you if you want 1 or 50 photographs displayed within a page as you get to choose each aspect of your book in detail.
Online Elearning Course
Photography ELearning Courses will give a beginner a great boost
in achieving photography while learning from the comfort of their own homes. ELearning Courses are a relaxed and fun way of learning, and ELearning courses are normally interactive to keep participants focused in getting to the end of the course.
There are many online photography courses to choose from, so it’s up to you as to choose the right online course, you could choose a basis photography course to a wedding photography course. And, night photography is also a great photography to learn and there are now some New Night Photography ELearning courses available on the market to choose from.
Most online courses need a wire/wireless internet connection while logged into the course and most ELearning providers offer a simple Log-In system which allows the participant to enter a email and PIN into a website in order to gain access to the course at any time of the day or night.
Gift Voucher for an Online Photography Shop
As most photographers are always upgrading their equipment, one
gift a photographer will never run out of ideas for using with it is a gift of a simple Gift voucher. As most DLSR bodies and lenses cost enough to nearly break the bank, saving for a new body or lens takes time and any help in collecting a kit sure will be appreciated.
With gift vouchers costing from £20, £50 and £100 to choose from, you can set your own budget and trust that it will come in handle for any little or larger items that a photographer may sometimes walk past of due to the cost involved in this great hobby.
Thank you for Reading this article. I hope my list of Top Ten Gifts for a Photographer has helped you in selecting the best gift for your friend or loved one.