Photographer Gift Guide
Is there an awesome professional photographer in your life? Maybe an aspiring photographer or a just for fun “mom-tographer”? Well, you have come to the right place! Lucky for you, those who have taken on photography as either a profession or a hobby, have wish and want lists a mile long. To help you out a little we have pulled together a fantastic selection of gifts, from a to-die-for lens all the way down to some accessories to make selfies with the kids a bit easier! We know you are intrigued… Go ahead, take a look for yourself!
Are you looking to buy your family photographer the ultimate present this year? Look no further than the Sigma Art 30mm F1.4 lens. The large aperture F1.4 APS-C format standard lens will satisfy any photographer, from a budding enthusiast looking to take some amazing photos of their daughter at her dance recital, to a professional. The large aperture will result in beautiful bokeh with a shallow depth of field, and the wider angle will yield gorgeous portraits and landscape photos. It truly is the perfect every day walk around lens for anyone with a standard (crop) format camera.
The Sigma Art 30mm F1.4 lens minimizes distortion, spherical aberration astigmatism and coma. It produces an attractive, round bokeh for a perfectly smooth background. It autofocuses quietly and smoothly, and has a handy distance meter on the lens to help the photographer find the perfect aperture for the situation. The lens comes standard with a front and back lens cap, lens hood, and a high quality padded zippered travel carry case.
Placed under the Art category, this large-aperture standard lens with an angle of view equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm camera. The photography forums are buzzing over the latest Art lenses that Sigma is producing, and calling them the best glass available on the market. From portraits to landscapes, your family photographer will be very grateful for this ultimate gift in lens luxury, because Sigma Art lenses are remarkable at preserving memories and creating gorgeous pieces of art.
Click the gallery thumbnail to preview photos taken at different apertures using the Sigma Art 30mm F1.4 lens.
Is the photographer in your family stuck toting around a drab, boring bag? Doesn’t she deserve a bit of pizazz as she goes off to photo sessions? Give her the gift of a stunning camera bag from Jo Totes. Exciting colors and designs are sure to excite her, as well as her fashion sense. Camera bags don’t have to be practical and ugly!
The Missy Mint bag from Jo Totes has these amazing features:
- Exterior material: soft, top quality faux leather in mint
- Interior fabric: silky gray cotton
- Laptop sleeve that can accomodate up to a 13 MacBook Pro or an iPad
- Protective foam sewn into the lining of all four sides and the bottom of the bag
- Five adjustable pads made from 1/2″ foam (two with soft velcro panels for horizontal placement)
- Removable and adjustable cross-body strap with removable shoulder pad
- Durable and smooth-gliding zippers
- Handles: 9″ drop from shoulder
- Exterior pockets: two large front pockets with magnetic button closures; one zippered back pocket
- Interior pockets: one open pocket; one zippered pocket
- Metal color: brushed antique gold
- Four metal feet
- Size: 16″ x 11 1/2″ x 6 1/4″
The Missy Bag is also available in gorgeous neutral colors such as black and chocolate. A camera bag from Jo Totes is stylish enough to take from a photo session, to a date night seamlessly, and is large enough to carry most of your essential camera gear, along with some personal items to boot! Jo Totes are stylish, made with quality, and are affordable for anyone: whether they be professionals or hobbyists.
Personalized Photo Gifts By MPIX
There’s nothing quite as special as personalized photo gifts. Not only do you know that thought and time were put into the gift, but seeing your loved ones faces on special items is always a treat. Dig through your favorite photos you took this year, and give everyone on your list a special gift that they will cherish for years to come. MPIX can help you out by providing high quality, professional photo printing on a variety of items that are perfect for Christmas gifts.
Give grandma and grandpa an MPIX holiday ornament that features their grandkids, and you’ll be sure their tree will shine extra bright. Printed on thin die-cut metal, these durable double-sided ornaments come in lots of styles, shapes, and colors and include a ribbon for easy hanging.
Gift your busy sister-in-law a personalized MPIX dry erase calendar so she can keep track of her daily activities all while admiring her beloved family. With two different sizes to choose from, multiple designs and colors, light adhesive on the back for easy hanging, and an included dry erase pen, you can go ahead and check one more person off your list.
For those old souls on your list who love a printed photo they can hold in their hands instead of stare at on a screen, MPIX’s Thumbprint Photo Box is the perfect gift. This timeless 4×4 maple wood box with a sliding lid safely stores and displays 50 4×4 loose photos or 10 4×4 mounted photos. The 4 included wooden easels easily display your photos for a simple and versatile photo display.
The gift options don’t stop there! Check out MPIX for even more personalized Christmas gift ideas.
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Photojojo is your one-stop-shop for the photographer and gadget-lover on your Christmas list this year. With the widest variety of photography novelty items to iPad, iPhone and Android photography accessories and more, you will find something for just about everyone on your list.
The Battery Buddy is the perfect gift for your smartphone-loving friend or family member who always seems to drain their battery in the most inopportune times. This adorable little battery buddy comes in 3 flavorful shades (strawberry, kale and latte), and has two USB ports to charge up to two devices at the same time! He can juice up your iPhone, iPad or Android up to five full charges before needing a recharge himself. Perfect for weekend trips or long drives, this little guy comes in his own carrying case so you can toss him in your bag and be on your way. The Battery Buddy will be the most practical and favorite gift for anyone on your list this year.
If you need the perfect stocking stuffer for your gadget-loving friend, the Gorillapod Mobile is the perfect accessory for anyone who loves taking selfies and videos the their smartphones. With three flexible legs, this tiny tripod holds most smartphones, and can stand on a variety of surfaces, making it super easy to take perfect selfies without the dreaded “long-arm.”
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The photographer in your life will love being able to easily capture beautiful photos with their mobile phone using this Shutterbug Gift Set by Sesame! The set, which arrives in an adorable box and perfect packaging, features a macro and wide angle lens, a phone-o-chrome stackable lens and flash filters, and a pocket spot light for constant lighting.
The lens is a 2-in-1 lens that is perfect for both up-close shots and wide shots. The lens and accessories ensure that no matter the environment, your photographer loved one is sure to capture great photos. The gift set is ready to give, thanks to the beautiful box and presentation, and a card is included to give it a personal touch.
Along with the gift set, the recipient will get a gift certificate for free admission to Photojojo University to learn more about mobile photography in an online course!
As you’re shopping for something cozy to keep you or your family warm this holiday season, dont forget the accessories. Your phone is with you day and night, whether youre driving or window shopping, so keep your hands warm while you talk on the phone or catch up on your Facebook news feed.
We particularly love the Echo Touch’s Optic Dot collection. Echo’s Optic Dot Touch Glove features a hand-knit, textural high-low knit cuff with rows of dots to give this cold-weather smartphone glove extra warmth and a chunky look. The index finger and thumb have touchscreen sensitive fingertips.
Another glove we’re loving for this winter is Echo Touch’s Milk Quilted Touch Glove, featuring quilting for a decorative touch to an otherwise purely functional glove. It’s made with Echo’s milk protein fabrication (a man-made sustainable, environmentally friendly fiber, with superior strength and the same PH as human skin), so these gloves will keep your hands warm while allowing you to stay connected.
Both the Optic Dot and Milk Quilted Touch collections are available in a variety of colors.
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Whether or not the photographer on your list is a hobbyist, or professional, chances are they love displaying their work around the home. Canvas wraps on the wall, prints in frames, they’ve probably seen it, done it, and are ready for something different and unique this holiday season. They will love a custom throw pillow from Stitchtagram! Give them a gift certificate to create their own, or make one for them. While beautiful bokeh photos captured with a DSLR are gorgeous and perfect for in-home art, we love the idea of using Instagram photos for a collage on this throw pillow. Instagram screams “real life” and those real life moments deserve to be displayed in their home as well!
It’s very easy to design the throw pillow. Either choose images off your hard drive, or log in to your Instagram account and drag and drop your selected photos into the template. There are so many unique and fun possibilities with Stitchtagram! The new and improved pillows are super fluffy and brightly printed on 100% spun polyester. They measure 16 x 16 inches, and are sewn shut on all sides, after being blown full of stuffing, ensuring the fluffiest and comfiest pillow possible. Her kiddos will love seeing their faces printed on the pillow, and she will adore the custom home decor and unique way to showcase her photography, be it mobile or DSLR.
For the aspiring photo editor, Photoshop Elements 13 presents many options to add unique touches to photos for photographers with every level of experience. From fast one-click editing for easy fixes, to detailed Expert mode where a photo may be completely transfigured, it has a broad range of editing features. You also have the option of using the Guided Edits for an easy- to-follow process in order to learn different editing techniques. This software also has a smart element, which can remember the editing settings that you like so you can achieve a consistent look in other photos. In addition to editing, you can also create composites that are made of combinations of photos.
Photoshop Elements 13 combines usability with the most popular features to provide you with an easy-to-use photo editor. Since it is simple to add, find, edit, and organize photos on your computer, and then share them on mobile devices, social media users would likely prefer its useful combination of features, compared to its full-featured Photoshop cousin. So whether you’re updating your social media photos, scrapbooking, or putting together an album for family and friends, Photoshop Elements lets you get creative without getting complicated. You can add personal touches to all of your favorite photos, like color splashes on black and white backgrounds. You can also crop, and cut and paste things from one photo into another photo. By keeping things manageable, Photoshop Elements allows you to accomplish all your home photo editing needs without unnecessary complexity!
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Lightroom 5 by Adobe
Whether you’re a professional photographer or a mom-tographer with a passion for taking and editing photos, Adobe Lightroom 5 is the software you want and need! Lightroom makes everything about digital photography easier and faster. It’s your go to program for organizing, enhancing and sharing all your digital images in the most streamlined way.
Whether you have pictures from your iPhone, point and shoot camera, or DSLR, Lightroom is your home base. Lightroom includes a comprehensive set of advanced tools for tone, contrast, color, noise reduction, and spot healing (be sure to check out the Advanced Healing brush, which is new in Lightroom 5!) and much more, so you can be sure you’ll get the very best from all of your images. And no matter how many edits you make, you can always revert back to your original image in just a single click! Lightroom likes to play nice with all of Adobe’s other amazing photo editing tools as well. You can easily import photos from Photoshop Elements into Lightroom and you can export pictures from Lightroom into Photoshop for your heavy duty editing needs. Lastly, Lightroom is now available in a mobile version so you can edit photos on the go using your iPad and iPhone!
Take your mobile photography to the next level with these fun and creative add ons. The Photojojo fisheye, telephoto and wide angle/macro lens and the ever so sweet Lensbaby LM-10 lens will allow you to capture images with your mobile phone and automatically transport your photos into a different caliber of mobile photography.
You may have heard the name Lensbaby before or are completely familiar with their line up of bellow lenses for DSLRS. With the LM-10 lens you can create fun and interesting images by keeping a slight area in focus and blurring out the rest of the image. Just use the free accompanying app to select the “sweet-spot” and snap away. Images that come out are unique and one of kind , and you might not be able to create the same image twice. This LM-10 lens will definitely take the boredom out of your photography rut and get your creativity and experimental juices flowing. ( Just take a look at some of our examples.)
The lens itself attaches to the phone with a magnetic ring and comes with an elasticized carrying case that keeps the lens safe and easy to transport. The LM-10 lens can be used from either side, one giving a smaller sweet spot and the other a wider spot. The best part is, you can use any of the other lenses mentioned here attached to the top of the LM-10 to experiment more with your mobile photography.
Have you ever wishes to get really close to an item to take a picture only to have your mobile phone stop focusing, or wished you had more room for a landscape or vacation shot? The Photojojo sampler lens kit will help you with that and give you more fun opportunities to capture. The Photojojo sampler lens kit is three lenses: telephoto, fisheye and wide angle/macro, made from high quality glass and solid aluminum body. They attach to your phone lens with a magnetic attachment and can be used even with a phone case on the phone.
The fish eye lens is our favorite, as this super wide angle lens distorts the sides of the image, making it look like you have captured the image in a bubble. The telephoto is a great lens to get close to a subject that is too far away and you might not be able to get to or not have time to get to (like a really fast toddler) and it will allow you to get 2x closer to the subject of your photo without having to zoom and getting a pixelated or noisy image. The wide-angle lens will save your sanity for those large group shots and scenic shots. You dont have to step back to get the whole scene in the shot as it will stretch your image so you can simply capture more in a shot. But that is not all, unscrew the top of this lens off and it becomes a macro lens. Get up close to mundane subjects to turn them into extraordinary shots or capture beautiful details of your baby’s eyelashes, curve of their nose, or lips.
These lenses are compatible with most popular phones on the market such as iPhones, iPods, iPads and Android phones and each lens comes with a special metal plate made just for the iPhone 5/5s/6/6 Plus and two standard type rings for all your other devices (like iPhone 5c, iPads, or Android phones).
If you or someone you know is an avid mobile phone photographer they will surely love the fun and creativity, as well as ease, these lenses bring.
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Rest assured, the photographer on your list is sure to love anything that comes off this gift guide! Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!
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Jessica is a holistic health counselor and work from home mom living in the middle of nowhere USA with her sweet little boy! She suffers from a serious case of compulsive globe-trotting and is always counting the days until her next move or adventure. You can often find her trying to get in her exercise in by lunging through the park while chasing after her very energetic little boy! She is constantly fueled and energized by her love for healthy eating and occasionally copious amounts of caffeine.