2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

Ah, the holidays. And gifts.

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Photographers like gifts. The photo world is huge, and there are photo-related gifts in all price ranges. Without being prescriptive, here are a few neat things that would be welcomed by photographers:

Up to $30

Craft & Vision Ebooks – with a variety of ebooks, presets, and a magazine, Craft & Vision features some smart voices in the photography world and presents well-designed, information-packed materials.

Glif – this tripod mount and stand for smartphones adjusts for a variety of devices.

Gregory Heisler’s Book – any photographer who makes pictures of people will appreciate Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and Techniques from a Photographer’s Photographer

Travel Mugs that look like Camera Lenses – these aren’t new but they’re always a hit. Grab one for the Canon or Nikon shooter in your life.

Under $100

B&H Photo Gift Cards – technically you can order B&H Gift Cards for a variety of values, but hey, I had to put them somewhere on this list, right? And no photographer would argue with a gift card toward a purchase at a well-respected photography retailer.

LED Light Panel – traditionally used by videographers, I’m finding more and more photographers can use an affordable light source. I use this NEEWER model for a rim light / hair light for portraits.

Think Tank TurnStyle Sling Bag – a proper writeup of the TurnStyle 5 will be coming next week on this site, but as a preview let me just note that it’s really great. Order via this link and get a free gift from Think Tank Photo as well!

From $100-500

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – I have no idea how I managed my photo collection without it. Lightroom has also replaced Photoshop for most of my editing. It’s a steal at current prices. Grab it here from Amazon

iPad mini with Retina display – Apple’s new iPad brings full power to a smaller tablet offering a great way for photographers to be productive on the go with a device that fits into a large jacket pocket.

Beyond $500 (but worth it!)

Sony NEX-6 – a great mirrorless camera using Sony’s E-mount lenses. It can make some great photos.

A Travel Photography Workshop or Tour – I’m a big fan of experiences rather than things, and if it’s in your budget, talk to your favorite photographer and find out where they’d like to go on a trip or workshop. Perhaps it’s Yellowstone. Maybe it’s Iceland. How about Japan?


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