Today I will tell you about 13 gift ideas and cheap gifts for photographers for the Christmas and new year. Giving a gift is always complicated, especially when you don’t know much about it. So, if you want to give a gift to a photographer you know (or to yourself) and be sure to please, here are some photo gift ideas that are sure to hit the mark. Here, no false surprises, I only recommend products that I have personally tested and that I really like.
In the digital age, photo books are still on the rise, you just have to see the number of releases each year on the subject. What a pleasure to hold such an object in your hands. Nothing can replace the feel of paper under your fingers, the smell of ink and the magic of discovering a new universe with each page turned. Whether technical books or art books, here is a selection of photography books that particularly impressed me.
The Photographer’s Eye
The Photographer’s Eye, is quite simply the best-selling book on Amazon on the subject of photography. Very accessible, it allows you to approach all aspects of the photo, in a simple and clear way. It is one of the first books I bought on the subject and I must admit that it has helped me enormously to progress. It is also with pleasure that I dive back into it regularly to review the basics. A MUST-HAVE!
The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography
If your goal is to take creative photographs, this little gem is for you. In “The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography”, Rocky Nook takes an innovative approach to macro photography, in search of aesthetics rather than detail. A must have book for anyone passionate about the infinitely small. I invite you to read my review on Amazon of this book if you want more details on its content.
Wildlife Photography at Home – Richard Peters
Attention, big eye fracture in anticipation. Richard Peters is a world-famous wildlife photographer, who is no longer presented. He became known to the general public a few years ago, thanks to a report broadcast on TV showing his meeting with the white wolf. Arctic is none other than the book presenting his magnificent photographs of this extremely rare animal. Other species are also present in this book, since it condenses 6 years of expeditions in the Far North. It is a real work of art that we hold in our hands and my huge crush.
The Eyes of the World
The author of this book, is a professional photographer whom I had the chance to meet and interview. With this book, he signs a magnificent photo book on this elegant animal. The opportunity to discover the universe of a very beautiful and generous person.
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Working with the right equipment is a guarantee of quality and comfort and a mandatory step for any lover of photography. I know the prices are often high, but I still advise you to invest a minimum if you are sure of your passion. Indeed, it is better to spend 500 dollars on a quality product that will last you 10 years, rather than spending 250 dollars every year on a product that will not last you long. Here is a selection of a few tools that I love (all tested and approved) and that every serious photographer should have.
External Hard Drive
Having a good external hard drive to store photos is essential if you care about your files. I personally use the Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB, a great box that is enjoying a very good promotion at the moment.
Kenko Extension Tubes
I already spoke about it in an article on inexpensive macro photography, the extension tubes are absolutely ideal to start in this field, without breaking the bank in a specialized lens of $1000. Indeed, any lens mounted on these tubes (even a basic 18-55mm) will allow you to have fun and discover the world of the little one, for a very reasonable price. I personally started macro photography using a tube mounted 50mm, before investing in the Canon 100m F/2.8 macro.
Spyder X PRO 5 Calibration Probe
Because even the best screen in the world needs to be calibrated to transcribe colors as perfectly as possible, a calibration probe will be necessary to get the best out of it. If your screen is poorly calibrated, the colors, brightness and contrasts will not reflect reality and you will then have big surprises when printing. The best value for money is the Data Color Spyder 5 PRO, an affordable and easy-to-use probe. If you want to invest a little more, I can only recommend the i1 Display Pro, which is currently the best consumer calibration probe.
Wacom Graphic Tablets
Photo retouching with the mouse can sometimes be complicated, a graphics tablet will quickly become mandatory if you want to gain precision and significantly increase the quality of your retouching. In the sector, one brand largely dominates the others, it is Wacom, with which you will not have any bad surprises. In fact, all the brand’s models are good, but I have selected two models for you that I tested through my work as a professional graphic designer.
Wacom Intuos Pro
The Intuos Pro is a perfect model for the demanding photographer. It is indeed the best in the world of pen tablets. I have used it personally for years and have never had a problem with it. Tremendous precision, there are different sizes and I recommend the M version for better user comfort.
Wacom Draw Small
Aimed at beginners who want to try their hand at photo editing without spending a fortune, the Draw Small is a basic model that does the job very well, while keeping a good build quality guaranteed by Wacom.
Kinston Card Reader
A good memory card reader is essential for quickly transferring photos to a computer. Indeed, the transfer directly from the device via a cable is not efficient and takes too much time. Two important criteria therefore to choose your model: the transfer speed and the compatible card models. The Kingston FCR-HS4 is the perfect model and the one I use every day. Thanks to its USB 3.0 cable, the transfer is done very quickly and it covers all existing card models.
Tycka Cleaning Kit
Taking care of your equipment is essential if you want to keep it for years. After having tested various cleaning kits without success (tools that break or disappear, the brush that leaves traces, etc.), I finally found the perfect kit: the Tycka Kit. This set includes all the tools necessary for the proper maintenance of my equipment. The build quality is there and above all, the absolutely fabulous point: the storage case, which allows you never to lose any tool and take them everywhere. A Perfect Gift for Photographers.
Lightroom & Photoshop Subscription
Lightroom and Photoshop are the two flagship software when it comes to photo editing. Used by millions of photographers around the world, they have a very large community on the web. You can also benefit from a subscription offer at $11.99/month by going through this link and choosing the option “Creative Cloud for Photo”.
Because enjoying your morning coffee in a photo lens, while reading the last article in stunning nature beauty, it still has a classy and fun side. Guaranteed success with friends.
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That’s all for today, I hope this article gives you some ideas for cheap gifts for photographers to give in this festive season. So, you liked this article, consider the share on social networks so that others can benefit in turn. Until the next one… Take pictures.