Our selection of gifts for photography enthusiasts to suit all budgets: from stocking filler ideas to DSLR cameras.
Avid travelers are often also avid photographers.
Capturing a beautiful and atmospheric shot is one of the many pleasures of travel and holiday 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!
Looking for more gift ideas? Have a look at our suggestions for:
- gifts for families who love to travel,
- gifts for travel loving dads,
- our selection of gender neutral gifts for kids who love the outdoors and
- our selection of the best action cameras for kids (so they can join the photographer in your life in photography adventures!)
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Gifts for photography enthusiasts
A good DSLR
An obvious choice, but a good one nonetheless when it comes to gift 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 traveling.
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 guideby 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.
A mirrorless camera
A more portable yet equally impressive camera for travel lovers ia mirrorless model.
They come in at different price points and deliver excellent photo quality. I find these to be a great step up from a phone camera for those who want the feel of a real camera but may be intimidated by a DSLR.
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 gift of a photography course is a great one: what can be best to give the gift of a skill?
An online course I took and recommend is the ‘Lilypad photography launchpad’ by club Lilypad, which teaches the basics of camera functioning, light and composition with easy to follow, do-at-your-own-pace modules.
A stylish camera bag
Camera bags come in all shapes 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 your 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 a wallet, documents and possibly even a water bottle?
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.
Phone photo lenses come in many variations and they suit most 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.
Photography inspired gadgets
Silly and fun presents make for great stocking fillers and even if not useful to actually take photos, they might make your photographer friend smile.
A mini photo light-box
This is the perfect gift for photographers who want to up their food photography or product photography game.
A light-box (also called photo tent) is a handy object that allows you to take those professional-looking photos with an appealing bright background – the result is wonderful and the photo studio kit doesn’ have to break the bank to be effective!
A photography session on location
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.
You can book them for 30 minutes, one hour or two and they promise to take gorgeous photographs of you and your family in a location of your choice (or you can ask them to pick their favorite and make the most of their local knowledge).
I know a couple of companies offering this service, Localgrapher and Flytographer, although I haven’t yet had a session with them (it’s booked for February! I will report back!)
I hope you enjoyed this selection of gift ideas for photography enthusiasts. Happy shopping!
This post was originally published in 2016 and has now been fully updated