Gift Guide: Unique Gift Ideas for the Photographer in Your Life
Photography is one of the most popular hobbies lately, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a fun way to express yourself and archive your favorite memories and people. Personally, photography gives me an adrenaline rush when I learn new tricks or share my shots after traveling. I’ve also had experiences with a collection of tried-and-true accessories to get the best (and most creative) results.
If you’ve noticed your friend has picked up an interest in photography or you know they’re a long-time enthusiast, what’s a better way to support their journey than by surprising them with a gift from the heart? Whether your buddy takes photos on their smartphone or fancy camera, they’re sure to love these picture-perfect gifts for anyone who has a passion for flashin’.
A Waterproof Case for Fun Underwater Projects
Being near water is always risky because devices can get damaged when wet. Worst of all, they can permanently stop working, even after trying that good ol’ bag-of-rice trick — knock on wood. To save myself from a heart attack, I often bring a waterproof case if I’m planning to hit the pool, boat on a lake or swim at the beach. It’s also a good excuse to take creative pictures and videos underwater. Photo lovers want to be photoshoot-ready anytime, anywhere.
An Alien-Like Tripod to Prevent Blurry Pics
Struggling with camera shake happens more than I’d like to admit. While looking at the blurry messes I’ve created, my mind cries, "If you could stop shaking the camera so much, that would be great!" To help your buddy dodge the same fate, gift them a tripod for achieving sharper images and better stability. The chance to snap long exposures and take photos in low light makes it more worth it. Vloggers and solo travelers will also appreciate this one-of-a-kind gift.
A Storage Solution for Photo Hoarding
There are most likely hundreds — maybe even thousands — of photos taking up space on your friend’s computer and slowing everything down. I'll hold my hands up and say that I'm guilty as charged for this one. Sometimes, it’s hard to get the perfect angle or lighting, so you take several pictures or videos of the same thing until you end up with notifications that you’re running out of space in your device or memory card. Oops.
Go Back in Time and Play With Film Again
There’s something special about shooting the old-fashioned way. Instant cameras remind us of the past, giving us a nostalgic feeling when we snap photos and develop them right in the moment. Whether your friend has always dreamed of covering their entire room with Polaroids or wants a quick way to share physical photos, an instant camera is the perfect gift for any type of photographer.
Always Get Lit Lighting
Taking photographs is all about the lighting (besides the angle, of course). To keep photos vivid and beautiful, buy your giftee a ring light for their camera phone. It’s convenient, portable and gives each photo that extra glow. No more awkward phone flashes, searching for good lighting or blurry, dark photos. A rechargeable battery keeps the light running on the go, and its cute corduroy fabric patch keeps it stylish.
Fancy Photo-Editing Software for Creative Fun
Filters are a big deal in the photography world and on social media. Touching up a photo can change its entire appearance and make it pop. With the help of a photo editor, your friend can turn their least-favorite photo into a work of art. Plus, it’s fun to see the before and after editing comparisons.