Great gift ideas for photographers and photography lovers
Buying gifts can be tough! Whether its for a birthday, Christmas, an anniversary or just because you want to, finding the right gift for your loved one is important. Finding the perfect present, that they will simply love, requires a bit of time and detective work on your behalf.
Well if your looking for a gift for a photographer, amateur photographer or camera fanatic then this gift list might make you life a little easier. I have compiled a selection of gifts which would be great for any photography fan. Obviously a camera itself is pretty pricy and photography fans can be very picky about the cameras they use, so these are great accessories that all levels of photographer can use. Plus most are brand free so work with any type of camera. They range from budget items to much higher end camera equipment, to cover all types of budgets.
1. Eye-fi Card
Its no ordinary memory card. This little beauty will transfer images wirelesly to your laptop, ipad, iphone and android device as you shoot. There is no need for expensive devices or long cables, Eye-fi creates its own wireless network and can also upload you your favourite social network sites when you reach a wifi hotspot
2. Gorilla Pod
When carrying round a big tripod is more of a hinderance than a help, Gorilla Pod is the answer. Built to wrap around and grip on to almost anything, its extremely versatile
3. Flash Speed Grid
This is a simple little add on for any flash unit. It focuses light into a tight spot like pattern, great for creative lighting situations. Compatible with pretty much every type of flash, so should work for most people.
4. Hoya Lens Protector
No-one wants to scratch their pride and joy, especially the front of the lens, so a lens protector is a cost effective way of preventing damage. Check what diameter you need first, but a vast range of sizes are catered for. There are cheaper alternatives to Hoya, but their quality is second to none.
5. Lens cleaning tissues
Cleaning camera lenses and view finders can be tricky, most tissues and clothes leave a residue or more fibres. Lens Cleaning Tissues are soft and lint free and does exactly what you need it to do.
6. 50mm Lenses
These fixed length lenses are perfect for creating blurry background and for use in low light photographs. At the lower end of lens price points they produce very pleasing results and are commonly used for portraits for their sharp focus.
7. A Flash
Sometimes the built in flash just isn't powerful enough, and its time to upgrade to a mounted flash. Prices can start from as little as £86.99 for the Nikon SB400 and £118.47 for the Canon equivalent EOS speedlite 270EXII, up as far as £318.99 for the Nikon SB-910 and a colossal £519.99 for the Canon 600EX-RT
8. Lowepro Flipside Camera Bag
This bag is perfect for keeping all your lenses and gadgets safe and secure. With three sizes available the 200,300 and 400, the bag opens from the shoulder strap side so no-one can open your bag when your focusing on capturing that all important shot.
Did you find the perfect gift?
So there you have it, the perfect set of gifts for anyone who loves photography. Bags, lenses, flash accessories, tripods and cleaning wipes - what more could you want. I will guarantee if they love photography they will love anyone of these great gifts, just check what kind of camera they have if you plan on buying a lens or flash as they are often brand compatible.
Of course there are other photography related gifts out there, but these are items real photography fans will love and find incredibly useful.
On a last note if none of these float your boat and you want to give something even cooler why not sign them u for a photography course!! They can help develop their photo skills and meet other people with a similar passion. There are tons of option out there for great courses and they range drastically in price, so look for a subject you think they'll enjoy, whether thats birds, babies, weddings, landscapes or something else, and their sure to have a great time.