It's that time of the year where most of us run around trying to decide on gifts for the people in our lives. I have ordered these more-or-less by price, as well as I can, but for several there is a whole range of prices... Anyway, I hope this helps and if you need any advice, feel free to leave a comment and I'll do what I can to help! :)
Do you have any ideas that are not on the list? If so, do let us know in the comments section with link... there are so many possibilities; this is far from an exhausted list. :) Happy Holiday!
LENS PEN ~ 12 EURO
These are great. A brush at one end for dust and a pad for cleaning off fingerprints from your lens… It’s small, and should be in every photographer’s kit.
SPARE BATTERIES – 10-50 EURO
Spare batteries are always useful as a photographer, and as such, welcome gifts! I would only recommend buying original ones, but these can be more expensive. You can also buy 3rd party alternatives that are 80% as good, but for 20% the price, just be careful they actually work on the specific camera body, not all do.
REFLECTORS ~ 18 EURO
These things are cheap, and very useful for anyone taking portraits. Block out harsh sun, or fill in the shadows, it is a very useful and appreciate part of my kit! :)
CARD HOLDER ~9-30 EURO
Whilst I am going on the memory card line of things, a wallet to keep all these new cards in is also useful! :) they vary in price, capacity and features, but all do the same kind of thing! :)
MEMORY CARD ~20 EURO
Pick up a 32gb card… You can never have enough of them! :)
EYEFI MOBI PRO ~75 EURO
A bigger option is get a Eyefi card... This is more than just a memory card; it is also a WiFi hub, allowing you to transfer your images DIRECTLY to your phone from your camera! :) Great for those social media photographers!
CARD READER ~30 EUROS
Get the fastest transfer of your work to your computer… Always a good gift, especially for those who use CF cards, as these are never integrated into computers!
MICROPHONE ~70 EURO
The sound quality is the biggest drawback to using your camera to shoot movies. This microphone is a great way to drastically improve the quality!
FLASH ~90 EURO
Ok, original speedlites (flashes) are great, but can be expensive, so I would personally recommend this 3rd part alternative. Yongnuo YN-568EX II.
Eternal HDD ~100 EURO
Taking pictures takes up a lot of room, so any extra breathing room is welcome! I use the Western Digital My Passport Ultra all the time with no issues. There are many alternatives. For more ideas, please check out my post on my back-up strategy!
ADOBE CC SUBSCRIPTION ~ 145 EURO
Taking the image is often the start of the journey before the final image emerges, and inbetween you need to organize and process it. For this I highly recommend Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. So, if the ‘tog of your life does not have them already, get the a years subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography bundle!
Battery Grip ~50-300 EURO
A battery grip is an extension for a 'normal' sized camera that allows you to have more batteries and can use the camera in the vertical position a lot easier. I use mine a lot for both reasons, but the 2x battery life is fantastic for safaris!
LENSES ~ 20-20,000 EURO
Ok, this is a rather large range, but is fairly accurate. Honestly, this is probably the best present for a photographer, but make sure it is the right lens for them. If you need some advice, contact me and I’ll do what I can to help!
CAMERA ~20-20,000 EURO
This is rather like the lens situation described above! So unless you know for sure they want that 7D Mark II/ 5D Mark IV, talk to them, or contact me. I’ll do my best to help!