Gift Guide: 6 Gifts For The Photography Buff

Gift Guide: 6 Gifts For The Photography Buff

The internet is replete with photography-related gifts that are kitschy, corny, or just plain silly. Another lens mug. Yay. We thought you should right by the photographer in your life by gifting him or her something genuinely cool or useful. Here are some ideas to start.

Artisan and Artist Cloth Strap

Every photographer has his or her favourite strap. For shooters that carry a smaller mirrorless or analogue camera, this super simple cloth strap by Artisan & Artists will be a hit. They’re supple, for easy storage and wrist-looping. They lacks adjustments, but that’s kind of the point — a minimal and stylish way to carry around a camera. They can be hard to track down from widely known retailers like Amazon, but you should do fine ordering from a place like PopFlash Photo, even though the site looks kinda shady. $US60 [PopFlash Photo]

Ilford Black and White Disposable Camera

This is a fun stocking stuffer for getting out of the digital routine and mixing it up with some analogue shooting. Ilford’s disposable cameras have black and white film that can be taken to any neighbourhood film lab (assuming there are any left). You could even buy a few for the family to shoot with throughout your holiday shindig. $US14 [Amazon]

Magnum Contact Sheets Book

This big gorgeous photo book not only has stunning visuals, but can teach the photographer-in-training a whole damn lot about technique. Seeing the contact sheets of so many seasoned pros gives valuable insight into how the iconic shots were created. $US60 [Amazon]

Adobe Creative Cloud Photographer’s Program Subscription

This software subscription will get you access to the latest version of Photoshop and Lightroom for $US20 a month or $US120 per year. For the digital photographer, this software is nearly essential, and your snap-happy friend or relative will kiss your feet for gifting them the power of professional grade photo editing. $US120/year [Adobe]

Lumu Smartphone Light Meter

For the serious film shooters (they are out there), a light meter is a tried-and-true t0ol for finding the exact right exposure. The Lumu mounts conveniently on your iPhone and takes surprisingly accurate incident light readings via the Lumu app. $US120 [Lumu]

Western Digital Elements 2 TB Hard Drive

Every photographer needs drive space, and lots of it. Even if they think they are sitting pretty with enough space at the moment, their needs will inevitably expand. That’s where a portable high capacity drive like this Western Digital come in. USB 3.0 will give them fast transfer speeds, and it’s small and bus-powered for great portability. $US90 [Amazon]

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