Photography can be a very expensive game. That’s why gifts for photographers can be very helpful, especially for those travelling around the globe. Depending on where your friend/family member/colleague is travelling, their camera equipment is likely to differ. A trip to Tanzania for wildlife photography will need different gear than street portraiture in Hong Kong.
This list is a general look at what every photographer can benefit from, no matter where they decide to traipse. They fit all camera types and models, perfect for both the safari and portrait photographer alike. You might want to ask them what they might already own before you buy the most expensive item, yet, in some cases, two are better than one.
Get them something from our list, and you might just get a postcard out of it.
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The Shutter Hat camera cover is a useful tool in a pinch. Depending on where you are travelling, rain and harsh weather conditions are a challenge to overcome. Some locations will be worse than others (think typhoon season) and they will start without warning.
Not only the perfect opportunity to photograph, but also the best way to destroy cameras and lenses. Many camera systems are being made with weather sealing, but why risk it. This Shutter Hat is a perfect gift for the travel photographer. It comes in a small pouch and can be set up in seconds.
It covers your camera and lens, even when you need to zoom out fully using your 400mm behemoth. You can find the shutter hat here.
This portable external hard drive is a blessing in disguise. Not only is it small enough to travel with, it holds a whopping 160,000 RAW images (supposing they are 25 MB each). It is also wireless. A perfect way to connect to your cell phone, tablet or laptop without annoying cables. You can keep it in your bag while you edit, keeping it hidden and safe.
It allows you to work with USB 2 and 3, offering fast transfers via cables or the cloud. You can use the USB in conjunction with a card reader, allowing you to upload from any memory card. There is a built-in SD card slot, which might be enough. On top of all of these great uses, the battery will last around 10 hours, also acting as a 6,400 mAh power bank.
The External hard drive you can find here. For more security against bumps and scratches, you can find the case here.
A tripod can often be a pain to carry. They can be big, bulky and annoying to fit in/on your bag. You may even find you don’t use it, as the natural environment provides enough stability.
The Rangers 57″ tripod is made from aluminium, meaning it is portable, lightweight and compact! The best things about this tripod are that it comes with a ball head and can be easily transformed into a monopod. Two for the price of one awesome tool.
You can find the Rangers tripod here.
The days of loose memory cards are over. The VKO memory card case is the perfect way to keep all of your cards together in one space. I know what you’re thinking, it’s just easier to lose. Well, not if you have two – one for the full cards (safely attached inside your bag) and the other stuck on your belt or in your pocket.
These cases are water-resistant, protected against shocking falls and they even float, just in case they end up in a body of water. They come with a carabiner for safe attachment.
12 slots for Micro SD cards + 8 slots for SD cards + 4 slots for CF cards + 2 slots for Pin keys. What else do you need? You can find the card case here.
Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are the forerunners of photographic editing. They do everything you need. From simple, local adjustments, to creating complex layer masks for hardcore manipulation. These are perfect gifts for those travelling, as they offer a useful library for all your images, but also 20gb of online storage.
With this, you can edit your images no matter where you are. You will need a laptop to get the best from this subscription, one that doesn’t break the bank. With a mobile or tablet, Lightroom Mobile is free, but with access to the Creative Cloud, you can access tools the unpaid users cannot. Find the yearly subscription here.
If you have a lot of little gadgets and things that you like to take with you, you will need a place to keep them all neatly. This bag is great for organising all your small pieces of equipment. It will also enable you to access them quickly.
The bag is heavy duty, has many different pockets for different sized objects. It can really help to cut down on time spent searching for that charger cable. Find the cable organiser here.
The photographer can never have too many bags. Trust me, I have about five. Many different sizes, colours and wearing styles – all for different purposes. There will be a time when you need to take minimal equipment (landscapes) and a time when you need everything (portraiture). The toploader chest harness is a simple camera bag, designed to hold one camera with lens attached.
As a traveller, you will have a specific bag to hold your camera gear, laptop and other items such as clothing, footwear and first aid kit. This chest harness is designed to fit in a number of ways, but on the front, it works well alongside your main backpack. This allows easy access to your camera, keeping it weather sealed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Find it here.
The UV filter is a photographer’s best friend. It has two main uses. First, it will stop ultraviolet light that strikes the lens, and the sensor, helping to cut down on coloured hazes. This has now become redundant as digital cameras compensate for this colour effect already.
This brings us to the second point. Protection. Having this filter at the front of your lens will cut down and stop your very expensive glass from being smashed, scratched and smudged. They are also cheap and do not affect your exposure. Find the glass filter here.
Travel or outdoor photographers can have a hard time keeping all their devices charged. Extra batteries for DSLRs are not cheap, and even having a few means more weight and extra organisation. Having some sort of device that can help with power on the road can be very beneficial.
This is why we recommend the solar storage bank from Kogalla. This foldable pack is left in the sun to charge as you move around the local area, or it can sit in your backpack to charge as you go.
It can hold 10,000 mAh, and charges in under 5 hours. Find the solar storage bank here.
This is a perfect gift for a traveller or the photographer who’s always on the go. The Peak Design Capture Camera Clip will sit comfortably on their waist (or their backpack strap), holding their camera. This leaves their capturing device within easy access.
It clips onto any strap or belt up to 3 inches wide and 0.5 inches thick. Photographers of all levels will appreciate the versatility of this tiny accessory. It keeps their hands empty, and their back pain-free. You could even say it’s anti-theft too. Pick up the camera clip here.
For camera straps, check the Sun Sniper Steel review.
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