It can be difficult knowing what to buy a photographer if you’re not a photographer. So, if you have a photographer in need of a gift, this list of photography gifts is for you.

If you’re a photographer and need to drop a few hints advising your family what gifts to buy you, leave this post open somewhere near them!

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Camera straps and camera bags

I find that the camera straps that came with my cameras can get annoying as they easily get twisted and the material is not that incredibly comfortable. Also, I don’t want to advertise the fact that I have an expensive camera around my neck, so I often turn the strap so that the text is on the inside.

These camera straps solve both those problems and make great photography gifts!

I’m not much of a bag person, unless we’re talking camera bags. Then I do have to confess to having a collection, because you need different camera bags for different occasions. I have a large Lowepro roller for travelling as it is manufactured to airline size restrictions for cabin baggage. If I’m flying anywhere, whether it is for work or for a holiday, I take my essential camera equipment in the cabin with me so that there is no chance that it will go missing en route.

For street photography I like to have a messenger style bag with minimal gear with me. It is lightweight and isn’t an obvious camera bag.

When photographing on location, I use my Lowepro backpack, because I can fit in a few lenses and camera bodies, plus additional bits and pieces. I can also attach a tripod to the bag and hang reflectors from the straps. As it fits on my back, the weight is fine, and it is easy to move from one place to the next.

Here are a few camera bags I found on Amazon.

Very practical photography gifts

Photography is a strange subject – it is of course creative, but it’s also so practical and technical. So the some photography gift ideas might seem a bit dull to a non-photographer, but I assure you, the photographer in your life will appreciate these practical gifts.

A good quality memory card is essential when shooting in burst mode, but also if you want to ensure your photos are safe and don’t get lost before you can get them onto the computer. I highly recommend the SanDisk brand and encourage you to get the Extreme Pro cards, even if they cost more than the standard memory cards.

Now, there’s no point buying great cards and then not storing them safely, so here are a couple of great solutions. I love the idea of a waterproof storage for sports and adventure photographers!

Tripods are essential for all types of photography, not just the most obvious choice of landscape or nature photography. When photographing products, mounting a camera on a tripod results in a consistent look to all images in a set. It will also save your back if you’re bending over and photographing from above.

Different tripods suit different tasks and budgets. The Manfrotto tripod below is a beautifully lightweight, yet sturdy, tripod ideal for taking on location. It also has a 3 way pan and tilt head for positioning your camera accurately. The middle tripod is a more budget friendly lightweight compact tripod and the last a Joby Gorillapod is incredibly versatile. It is ideal for use on a desk, but the adjustable bendy legs can also be wrapped around a handy tree branch for securing your camera in a multitude of scenarios.

A Wacom Intuos Tablet will improve time spent editing so much. I find it is much easier on the wrist and a lot faster than trying to edit using a mouse. It takes a little getting used to, but once you’ve used one, you won’t want to go back to a mouse. Their selection offers something for all budgets.

To make editing time even shorter, using a Datacolor card for accurate colors will definitely reduce some faffing time.

Speaking of saving time in editing, using a reflector during a shoot to light your subject will dramatically save time in editing. In portrait photography it will also add a lovely catchlight to your subject’s eyes. A 5 in 1 reflector like this is even better as it’s so versatile, making the already low cost of it even greater value!

Fun photography gifts

Maybe your photographer has all the essential gadgets. So, here are a few fun ideas… What photographer wouldn’t want a watch with f-stops on the face? 

The Instax camera is a wonderfully retro, fun instant camera and I think this bundle I found would make a great gift for a photographer. And lastly, a journal that will help your photographer think through new ideas and improve.

Learning photography gifts

For the photographer in need of some help, here are two photography gifts I know very well…because I made them!

Be The Boss of Your Camera, for absolute beginners, is a video based online photography course that you can take at your own pace. For those with a bit of camera knowledge, but still at the beginner level of understanding photography, I highly recommend our ebook, Clicking Clueless to Confident Photographer.

Photography course for beginners
Beginner photographer ebook

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By Jane Allan

Jane is the founder of The Lens Lounge and a professional portrait photographer living on the “sunny” south coast of England. Obsessed with light and composition. Will put her camera down to go landsailing.
21 great photography gift ideas