If you are looking for some new gift ideas for photographers then we have you covered. Here at FocusEd Camera, we’ve compiled 50 fabulous gifts so there is something for every budget and you can be sure to purchase something your friend or family member will love. Or if you are a photographer, you can put some of these items on your wish list and be the envy of other photographers! These gifts are great for the holidays or any gift giving occasion.
Let’s start with FREE goodies! These are great for tucking into a card or stocking, or for sending digitally.
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There are multiple versions that can be used by children, teens, or adults as a solo, group, or competitive activity. There is a simple checklist version, a picture Bingo version for kids, and a regular Bingo version.
4. Templates, Overlays, and Photoshop Actions
This website offers a package of monthly freebies for photographers. Depending on the month you might find watermarks, overlays, Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, pricing sheets, templates for contracts or social media posts, and more.
Next, we will cover some gift ideas that are all approximately $15 or less. These are great, inexpensive birthday or holiday gifts. Many of these are available as digital downloads so they are also perfect for last minute giving or stocking stuffers!
The Ultimate Cheat Sheet has you covered. This cheat sheet doesn't just touch on 1 or 2 basics, it explores a whole range of topics that should be everything you need to get started in photography! There are over a dozen topics included in this quick and easy download.
Each set of 10 cards can be used in any order and over and over again. Use a card a day, or a card each week for inspiration and guidance on making photographic compositions. In addition, each card features an embedded QR code. These codes take you to even more resources on editing, presets, camera settings, and professional tips and insight all with the goal of making your photography better! Both card sets are fast downloads and can be emailed, stored on a device, or printed.
8. Text Message Class
*UPDATE* TEXT MESSAGE CLASS IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS, the class is now available via digital download for the month of lessons for the same price here: https://etsy.me/3M9udIY
Register for a month of learning with a Text Message Class. A daily lesson is sent via text message to the recipient, every day for a month (30 days) for only $8! The lesson provides background and hands-on practice for learning the basics of photographic composition. Each participant can interact with an instructor and get feedback through a Q&A feature and by using WhatsApp.
12. Photo Storage with Photobucket
Photo storage solutions are a must for every photographer! Keeping your photos organized and having off-site backups are good practices. Photobucket makes it easy with low monthly fees. If you use my link you can get 50% off the Beginner package price! Built for people on the go, with the Photobucket app for Android or iOS, you can automatically backup every photo you take on your phone then access them on your desktop, tablet and other devices. It's that simple.
Be sure to order the correct mount/model for your camera (Nikon, Canon, etc). If you use my link you’ll get 10% off a $50 order!
16. Shutter Remote
Depending on your camera brand and model, you can find a shutter remote or trigger that is under $10. Neewer offers an infrared remote that allows you to take a photo from up to 26 feet away! Shutter remotes aren’t just for DSLR or mirrorless, they are also sold for smartphones. Smartphone remotes can be used to start and stop video recording as well as take photos which is great for family group shots or vlogging and should be available for both Android and iPhone.
There are lots of storage solutions available. For foldable, more flexible storage, consider purchasing a Mind Shift Card-Again Wallet from Think Tank. Get a free item and free shipping with my link and code 6182157.
Moving up just a little in price, there are still lots of bargain gifts for the $30 and under price point. The gifts in this price range can supplement the gear of an established photographer or make nice add-on gifts for someone getting a camera or starting a photo business.
A fabric backdrop from Kate Backdrop is an excellent gift choice for someone who wants to take their own family portraits or wants to start a portrait photography business. Holiday backdrops begin at prices as low as $24.00! Use my coupon code KATESAS10 and you can always get 10% off sitewide.
A photography themed t-shirt is always a fun gift. Photographers will enjoy showing off their shirt when they go out on a photoshoot. With many options to choose from there is sure to be one to fit your, or their, personality and photography style.
23. Camera Covers
If you take photos outside, you might want to consider a camera cover like the Think Tank Ultralight. You never know when you might get caught in the rain. This lightly padded cover provides simple protection and access to your camera while walking or hiking and features an integrated belt to keep your camera ready for anything. When not in use the cover easily folds and is compact for storage.
24. Lens Caps
At some point, we lose lens caps and worry about the protection of our lenses. The KUVRD Universal Lens Cap is one way to cover and protect your camera lenses.
These palm sized lights are great for on-the-go vlogging, video interviews, product or food photography, or as unique lighting décor on a wall or bookshelf. With a CRI of 95+ the Neewer light will provide excellent color accuracy. Use my coupon code focusedcamera for 15% off.
Fotodiox lens adapters offer hundreds of options for mounting lenses while still supporting infinity focus and manual aperture controls. Get 10% off a $50 order with my link. If you can’t find the right adapter with Fotodiox, K&F Concept also has a large selection of lens adapters.
29. Handheld or Flexible Mini Tripods
A tripod is another an excellent way to solve camera shake, but sometimes a full size tripod is just too big. Smaller tripods are excellent choices for smartphone photography! A flexible tripod like a JOBY GorillaPod 3K (currently on sale on Moment) is a favorite of because they’re so versatile. The legs of the tripod are flexible it can be wrapped around in many configurations, it can be hooked to larger tripods, or light stands, or even to the handlebars of a bicycle. It’s also great for stabilizing compact DSLRs when shooting lower to the ground and a standard tripod won’t go that low. This kit includes the ball head attachment which is super important for flexibility in angle and setup. Handheld mini tripods, like this one from Manfrotto (currently on sale on Moment), go from handle mode for vlogging and filming yourself, immediately to tripod mode by popping the legs open, allowing you to film any time lapse or tripod shot. You can screw the smartphone clamp off and use the tripod for any small mirrorless camera or even a small light.
Now from here, we are moving on to larger ticket items. This selection of items starts near $30 for accessories like reflectors and goes on up to thousands of dollars for camera bodies and lenses.
A good set of reflectors can benefit photography whether outdoors or in studio by reflecting or bouncing light onto or away from the subject. There are many sets offering 5 in 1 combinations like this reflector set from Neewer. Sets like these include white, black, silver, gold, and a diffusion panel, and they fold up conveniently.
Manfrotto is a great brand for several reasons: they have been around and their equipment lasts, they back up their products with an excellent support team, and they offer parts. So if anything ever breaks you can fix your tripod and it is never a throw-away product.
The 055 Aluminum 3-section tripod kit with XPRO Ball Head offers smooth and effortless setup. It is strong and sturdy with a 90 degree column for a full range of movement vertically or horizontally so you can frame and shoot in seconds. It folds to a portable size too.
I use the EcoTank ET-8550 (PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice) in my home office to print up to 13” x 19” borderless photos with excellent color quality. I also love that I can print directly from my phone (iOS/Apple or Android)!
Lenses and kits from Moment Lenses come in many variations -- from fish eye and wide angles to macro to tiny telephoto lenses, and even filters for special effects. Be sure to order the kit/case for the type of phone you have or make sure it is a universal style, and check which lenses are included.
KEH is also an excellent resource for trading your gear or selling your older/used gear too! It can be a great way to add some money back into your photography gear budget.
The OM-D E-M1X is a dual-grip Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera for on-the-go, action photographers. It is rugged and durable and is a Camera Grand Prix Award winner. This is an older model (released in 2019), but can still be purchased new at a fantastic discount. To see the rest of the Olympus line-up visit their main site: https://bit.ly/3wBf0Jq
Canon offers a wide selection of new cameras and lenses for many price ranges. The Canon EOS R is currently on sale for $200 off and the mirrorless M50 Creator Kit is currently $100 off. See all their camera body and lens models here: https://bit.ly/3qtj2CM
I highly recommend the Canon Rebel series of cameras, which is what I use for all my lessons. The more current model of the Rebel series is the Rebel T8i which can be bought as a kit which includes an 18-55mm lens: https://bit.ly/3nj0aV9
41. Stylish Camera Bags
Think Tank offers many award winning bag designs including wheeled airport bags. The messenger style Retrospective 7 (version 2) camera bag doesn’t scream “camera gear inside” which is excellent for keeping your camera gear on the down-low while traveling and thwarting would-be thieves. Its design is soft, form-fitting and light, while also stylish! Use my code 6182157 and get a bonus item!
42. Padded/Hiking Camera Bags
Padded and backpack-style bags are some of the most popular options for a camera bag. When you need a sturdy bag, or a bag for hiking, check out the many award winning bags from Peak Design: https://bit.ly/3njAxn0
Be sure to get the right size for your lens and for the stops of light reduction to allow you to use your desired slower shutter speeds. K&F filters use cutting edge technology to get rid of the “X” cross caused by wide angle lenses and variable ND filters.
K&F Concept Circular Polarizers are ultra slim to avoid vignetting and allow you to remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water or glass to enable colors to become more saturated and clearer. Also can be used to increase contrast and saturation in blue skies and white clouds.
45. Lens Hoods & Lens Cap Bundles
Lens Hoods are customized to each lens. When buying a lens hood be sure to purchase the lens hood that matches the specific lens it is to be paired with… or buy a flexible KUVRD Universal Lens Hood. The KUVRD lens hoods stretches to fit different lenses and its flexible form allows it to be extended or retracted. While it claims to be universal, there can be some vignetting when using this hood depending on the lens and it can be a little finicky when your zoom or focus ring is close to the end of your lens. I own two of these lens hoods and they are convenient and cost saving. They are easy to stuff in the camera bag and are excellent at preventing lens flares, but they work better on some lenses than others. Take that into consideration when purchasing. KUVRD also offers lens cap bundles made from the same flexible silicone material. These caps can be used on the front or back end of a lens. They are universal because they stretch to fit different lenses.
46. Point-n-Shoot Cameras & Bridge Cameras
Cameras do not have to be expensive! If you want a camera for a beginner, a child or a teen, consider a point-n-shoot or bridge camera, or even an “instant” camera.
The Canon PowerShot SX540 20MP compact camera is an excellent “bridge camera” with a 50x optical and 4x digital zoom and image stabilization. Lens is not interchangeable which makes this a cost effective introduction to photography.
Select from a one-on-one class or coaching session, or a group class. We can arrange classes in-person or via conference calls. Classes and courses can even be customized to what you need to learn! A class is an excellent gift to give with a camera. We can help a new camera owner learn about all the buttons and dials or give them the knowledge they need to get off Auto Mode.
Before I wrap up, one more “free” item for photographers is a photography app. There are so many free apps for photography – everything from light meters to full editing suites! Check out our YouTube videos for free app ideas to pass along with your gifts here: https://youtu.be/81dxHmEoBa8 and here: https://youtu.be/jnsXfjAbCrE
We also have additional gift ideas in these videos here: https://youtu.be/--ZlqSezbuI and here: https://youtu.be/2BedImRQEGs
Any of these gifts are sure to make the photographer in your family smile! Or if you are a photographer go ahead and splurge to get some cool stuff for yourself or put it on your wish list for Christmas, or any time of year!
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