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Gift Guide | Gifts for the Photographer
The world of photography is vast and choosing gifts for the photographer in your life can be confusing. But whether you’re an expert in the know or pretty clueless about cameras, our gift guide will help you pick a present that’s just right. So whether you’re after something amazing for an amateur or a pleasing piece for a pro, delve into these thoughtful gifts for the photographer…
Looking for a fun gift for a photography enthusiast? This Brownie Camera Pin does the trick, saluting vintage cameras while offering something a little different for camera lovers to show their passion. Made with silver-plated brass and enamel, it secures in place with butterfly clasps and can be easily worn on clothing or bags.
Don’t know what the photographer on your gift list might want or need? A B&H gift card is an ideal way to let them get the gear they want. Choose the amount you want to spend, pick your preferred design and opt for delivery either digitally or via mail depending on your preferences and time constraints.
Want ultimate freedom to get creative with crazy angles and perfect shots? The JOBY GorillaPod 3K Tripod gives you that thanks to its clever flexible legs that wrap around pretty much anything, from tree branches to railings and more. Able to accommodate a DSLR camera, it includes a ball head attachment for additional adaptability to get your desired shot.
Whether you wear it as a sling, around your neck, or over your shoulder, Peak Design’s Slide Camera Strap keeps your camera within easy reach so you don’t miss that epic shot. The padded strap features a smooth side and a grippy side, allowing it to glide over clothing or stop it from slipping depending on how you want to carry it. The strap can be easily adjusted on the fly and includes Peak Design’s Anchor Link system for stable and secure camera connection.
Give the gift of knowledge with this film photography course led by Willem Verbeeck. A great course for those who want to learn how to shoot film affordably and suitable for beginners, the course offers a range of valuable insights including the difference between various film stocks, how to meter in a range of lighting conditions, how to develop film and more. It lasts 2.5 hours over 13 segments and also comes with a 10% Moment discount.
Peak Design make some of the most versatile urban camera carry around. A prime example is their Everyday Sling, which works equally well as a daily sling or camera bag. It comes in three size options (3L, 6L, and 10L) which fit a single body and lens, DSLR or drone setup, or mirrorless camera body with lens and 3 to 4 extra lenses respectively. The 6L size also fits an 11″ tech device, while the 10L option accommodates up to 13″ tech. Clean in style and adaptable in use, it’s a savvy pick for photographers who like multifunctional gear.
Smartphones provide the ability to carry a camera everywhere you go. But setting one up for getting the shot you want can be frustrating. Enter Peak Design’s Mobile Tripod. It secures to the phone via MagSafe-compatible magnets and can be used in both portrait and landscape mode. A micro ballhead offers angle adaptability too, so you can get things just right whether you’re filming, snapping photos, or watching videos. Do note, the tripod requires a PD case or a universal adapter (sold separately) but works with MagSafe phones too.
There’s just something undeniably fun about taking instant photos. And if you’re after a solid pick for an instant camera, consider Fujifilm’s Instax Square SQ1. The camera provides a square photo format and turns on with a simple twist of the lens and a second twist for selfie mode. Weighing in at 390g, it’s lightweight enough to carry in a bag or simply in your hand while you snap the world in retro style.
If you like the idea of an instant camera with more creative control, check out the Polaroid Now+. A selection of lens filters and a tripod mount let you experiment with different effects and setups. And the ability to connect to an optional Polaroid app provides even more creative options.
DJI’s OM 5 gimbal comes in at 30% smaller and 25% lighter than the OM 4, making it even easier to carry for smooth and stable use with a smartphone. It also includes an integrated extension rod for further flexibility with different angles (or snapping selfies). The gimbal secures magnetically to a phone and is a practical and straightforward way to elevate standard smartphone filming and photography.
Get expert advice, insights, and tips from world-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz in this online class. Offering 15 lessons spanning just over 3 hours, you’ll cover a range of topics including working with light, portrait photography, shooting in studios versus on location, and more. Access to the class is through various annual memberships starting from $180 and billed annually. However, this does give you access not just to this class but all MasterClass classes (with over 100 available).
Peak Design’s Everyday Backpack Zip combines multifunctionality, understated aesthetics, and practical organization and access in one. This versatile pack lends itself to photography and everyday use (or a blend of both) and offers easy access through its weatherproof 270-degree #8 zip. Interior FlexFold dividers and an assortment of pockets let you tailor the organization to various loads, with a choice of 15L and 20L size options too.
Adventure photography can be rough on gear. But Shimoda’s Explore V2 35L Backpack is specifically designed to embrace the harsh demands of travel and adventure with camera gear in tow. The pack offers an adjustable torso height, rear and side access, lockable zippers, a luggage handle pass-through, and a tough adventure-ready build with an included rain cover. The pack also pairs with optional Core Units for padded protection and organization.
A dedicated camera that fits in your pocket? The DJI Pocket 2 delivers compact camera functionality in a design that slips easily into a pocket or bag. So you never need to leave it behind wherever the day leads. Designed to stabilize movement and offer crisp, clear photos and video, it’s a smart solution for photographers who don’t want to carry a full-size camera but still want the ability to capture quality content.
Travel tripods have traditionally been bulky pieces of gear that offer fairly limited setup options. But Peak Design’s Travel Tripod raises the bar with its feature-packed and highly portable design. From packed to deployed in under 10 seconds, it’s suitable for amateur and professional use alike. It includes useful features such as an integrated phone mount, omnidirectional ball head, and low and inverted modes. Available in aluminum and carbon fiber options, it’s an innovative alternative to lugging awkward tripods on your trips and around town.
Yep, we’re in luxury gift territory here. But if you’re after a quality camera that will please even the pros, consider the Sony Alpha a6600. This APS-C-format mirrorless camera offers high-quality photo and video functionality, with features including a 24.2MP CMOS sensor, UHD 4K video, 4D FOCUS system, and Real-time Eye AF that automatically detects the eyes of the subject in autofocus modes for photo and video use alike.
Leaving land and diving into underwater photography? AquaTech’s EDGE Sport Housing for the Canon EOS R5 keeps your camera safe and protected. It includes dual safety locking clips, a glass eyepiece for full coverage of the EVF while also blocking harsh light, and has a depth rating of 10m (33 feet).