Avid travellers are often also avid photographers: capturing a beautiful and atmospheric shot is one of the many pleasures of travel and holiday family photos make for fantastic memories. So, since we are coming up to Christmas, I thought you may like some gifts ideas for photography enthusiasts, to use as inspiration to buy for a loved one or as a handy tool to HINT for uninspired gift –buyers!
Gifts for photography enthusiasts
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A good DSLR
An obvious choice, but a good one nonetheless when it comes to gifts ideas for camera enthusiasts. DSLRs are great because they allow the user to decide for each shot how much automation they want to use: they have several settings that allow you to go from fully automated to fully manual and everything in between and are therefore very versatile. DSLR cameras are expensive so unless your budding photographer has already got good gear, you can be sure they will love receiving a great looking camera to flaunt while travelling.
The web is full of good camera options but unless you trust your local shop or know what you are doing, the chances of buying something very expensive but not suitable for the specific use you’ll make of it are high.
If you are thinking of buying a DSLR, it is worth checking what the professionals say: a great resource is this DSLR buying guide by professional photographer Lisa of Club Lilypad photography.
I personally have used for years and am very fond of my Canon EOS, which I find easy to use, reliable and very sturdy.
An online photography course
Gear is always one of the most impressive gifts for photography enthusiasts to unwrap under the Christmas tree but unless the person already knows how to use a DSLR, the chances of them being intimidated by it and keeping it safely tucked into a wardrobe gathering dust are really high.
If this is what is happening in your house, the present of a photography course is a great one: what can be best to give the gift of a skill? The course I recommend to parents is the online ‘lilipad photography launchpad’ by club Lilypad, a course I myself took earlier this year with results I am really proud of!
The course is taught by Lisa, a mum and a professional photographer: it is great for parents because it is simple, without being patronising, highly relevant to families with young kids and it can be done in your own time. The various modules are available on line and can be followed over an unlimited amount of time, to suit even very busy mums. The main aim of the course is to teach parents to take great photos of their kids and this is done with relevant examples and tutorials that take into account the fact that kids often wiggle, get distracted and may just not be in the mood. Lisa has great tips on how to make the photo-taking session fun one for all involved and give tips that are applicable to all types of photography: the portraits
The main aim of the course is to teach parents to take great photos of their kids and this is done with relevant examples and tutorials that take into account the fact that kids often wiggle, get distracted and may just not be in the mood. Lisa has great tips on how to make the photo-taking session fun one for all involved and give tips that are applicable to all types of photography: the portraits I take of my kids are already much better than before (I am finally mastering the art of the blurred background, it had eluded me for years!) and I am much more confident with the use of my DSLR that is now not a menacing object always about to act up on me but a great tool for family shots.
A stylish camera bag
Camera bags come in all shape and sizes and some are beautiful as well as useful. When picking one, looks are important but functionality even more. If you are looking at bags as a gift for a photography enthusiast, always take into account what is the bag for: carrying multiple lenses or maybe just relieve your neck from the weight of a camera string? Does you photographer friend prefer a rucksack kind of bag or crossbody? And will they use the bag as an extra or will they have it as their main bag for also wallet document, baby wipes?
Phone photo lenses
Phone lenses do not allow the same creative freedom as a full on camera but they do make a difference and are a fun present if the photographer in your life uses their phone camera a lot and if you want to keep an eye on the budget.
Phone photo lenses lens come in many variations and they suit mosts budgets: when picking one, just make sure that they fit the phone you are buying them for as not all are universal. Top tip: check the specs to see if the lenses are removable (not all are) and if they attach to a case for the most ease of use.
A session with a flyotographer
This is present for people who like to be in front of the camera rather than behind one but it is also a great present for the photography enthusiast as it gives you the chance to see a professional at work and pick up some tips.
Flyotgraphers are professional photographers in many locations around the work: you can book them for 30 minutes, one hour or two and they will take gorgeous photographs of you and your family in a location of your choice (or you can ask them to pick their faculties and make the most of their local knowledge.
During the session, you will have fun posing, but you will also notice where they place you to make the most of the light, how they compose the frame and how they make you comfortable. There is nothing quite like watching a pro at work and this is a great way to also give the gift of an experience and a lasting photo album.
Why flytographer, you may ask, when we can take a selfie or ask a kind fellow traveller to take a picture of us? Well, I can see a few reasons. The this photo of us, for instance: it took us 15 minutes to get this shot, 15 long minutes where we held up the crowds (as you can imagine, that’s a backdrop many want to capture), and something like 20 snaps all ending up with one of us cut out or blurry or pulling a face. even the ‘successful’ snap sees me pulling at Little Ms E’s top in a vain attempt to get her in the frame…. There is a reason why the professionals are professionals: taking family shots is not as easy at is seems!
Do you have a photography enthusiast in your life? Are you buying anything for them to encourage their passion?