Top 10 Christmas gift ideas for Photographers
If you’re searching for the perfect gift for the photography-lover in your life, here are my top picks for this year…
1) Hoodman Outdoor Loupe
My all-time favourite photography gadget!
This brilliant tool enables you to review the photos on camera when outdoors by blocking out glaring sunlight and magnifying your photo so that you can check if you got the focus, exposure and composition right.
It comes in 2 sizes for 3inch and 3.2inch LCD screens.
2) Digital Camera Magazine Subscription
My favourite photography magazine.
I subscribed to this magazine for many, many years and read it from cover to cover each time! Originating in the UK, the standard of photography, tutorials and gear reviews is exceptional! It’s packed with inspiration and you get to see how the shots were taken – which camera, lens, ISO, aperture, etc. was used. And there are fun techniques to try and a monthly challenge to get you out shooting.
4) Brilliant Prints Gift Voucher
One of the most rewarding moments for a photographer is to see one’s photos printed and on display – the bigger the better!
We love the quality of Brilliant Prints’ range of products from Canvas to LumiTiles, Albums and Poster Prints and a voucher is the perfect gift for photographers wanting to display their images.
5) Karen Lucas Photography School Gift Voucher
For the photography enthusiast who loves to Learn, Explore and Be Inspired!
Select the dollar value for the voucher and let the receiver choose their preferred activity from a wide range of photography workshops (Beginners to Advanced) and Photo Walks (exploring Singapore’s iconic sites, diverse neighbourhoods and vibrant festivals).
6) X-Rite ColorMunki Display
If you like to print your photos, but often find they don’t turn out the way they look on the screen, you’ll need a good quality monitor and a colour-calibrator.
Calibration is typically done monthly to fine-tune the brightness, contrast and colours of your monitor for accurate image representation.
The X-Rite ColorMunki gives you quick & easy display calibration with professional level results.
7) Dell U3415W Black 34″ 4K Curved LED Backlight IPS Monitor
For Photographers who do a lot of editing in Lightroom or Photoshop an excellent quality monitor is essential and the bigger, the better.
This whopping 34 inch curved monitor is designed to maximise your visual comfort whilst working on multiple applications at the same time, enabling you to be more comfortable, efficient and speeding up your editing time.
8) Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with 18-135mm Lens
Excellent all-round Camera for non-professionals.
We love the Canon 80D for its easy-to-use design and 100% viewfinder coverage so what you see when you frame the shot is what you get (this is a REALLY nice feature!). The 80D is fast and has the option for low and high speed shooting so it’s great for action photography (kids, wildlife, etc.) It’s got Wifi, an articulating touch screen and ISO extendable to 25600 so great in low light as well. Battery life is excellent too.
When bundled with the 18-135mm lens, it’s an excellent everyday camera – great to use at home and when traveling.
9) Nikon D750 with 24-120mm VR Lens
An excellent first Full Frame DSLR.
For the photographer looking to upgrade from non full-frame to their first full frame DSLR, reviewers are raving about the Nikon D750. Similar to the Canon D80 it also has 100% viewfinder coverage, built-in flash and is only slightly heavier. The D750 has Wifi, a swivel screen and ISO extendable to 51200 so it’s also great in low light.
When bundled with the 24-120mm lens, it’s an excellent everyday camera – great to use at home and when traveling.
10) Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens
One-Lens-Does-It-All for non-Full Frame DSLR Cameras.
For non-professional photographers who just want one lens that does it all, you can’t beat the incredible range of the Tamron 16-300mm Lens. Whether you’re photographing your child’s first birthday or the tigers at the zoo, this lens gives you access to wide angle, mid-range and telephoto lens capabilities that enable you to capture almost any scene without the hassle of changing lenses.