It’s that time of year, gift buying for a wonderful Holiday Season. Your family member or your photographer friend will be looking forward to a Christmas stocking filled with goodies to enhance their photography and videography career or hobby. The best gifts for photographers will not only put a smile on the face of the recipient of your gift, but they are also necessary and helpful items for photographers. The professional photographer, beginners and photography enthusiasts in your gift circle will certainly be happy with a photography gift to compliment their cameras. These cameras could include an instant camera with a peak design such as the Fujifilm Instax Mini 12, an SLR camera, a mirrorless camera, or possibly a full frame DSLR camera. These can come from many manufacturers like, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Kodak, Polaroid, Nikon and several others.
So, what type of Christmas gifts that stocking stuffers should be searching for when shopping for a photography gift? There are plenty of great Christmas Gift ideas that any photography enthusiast will love. Camera accessories and unique photography gifts can really make the Holiday Season special for your family members and friends. Let’s say you have an person that you are purchasing photography gifts for, add some camera gear like a new camera lens, a camera strap, travel tripod, a camera cleaning kit including a camera cleaning cloth, upgraded lens cap, neck strap or possibly a camera backpack or camera bag. Vloggers and Content Creators will appreciate a gift that compliments their photography arsenal. What are the benefits of some of these camera accessories for Vloggers? Well a great camera bag will make their long vlogging sessions much easier with the ability to carry around all of their equipment securely and safely in an easy to use fashion.
We can now take a deeper look into some of the gifts and gadgets that will make great gift ideas for photographers to improve their photography gear this holiday season.
We have talked in the past about the amazing Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 and it’s fantastic features. Say the individual you are purchasing the gift for, has this camera, and is looking for some accessories to really get the most use out of it. There are a couple of ideas for Santa to deliver in this regard.
The first thing that you will need for this camera is obviously film. As this is an instant camera in the same vein as a Polaroid, having good instant film is extremely important. Well with the Fujifilm INSTAX Wide-Format Instant Camera Film, 20 Sheets, you get top notch film that will produce amazing image quality on it’s final exposure. The Hi-Speed ISO 800 film, with amazing grain quality adjustments, Instax film produces vibrant colors and natural skin tones shine through. The film develops instantly, so press the shutter, get your exposure and the photo will slide out and the image develop right in front of you. This product comes with two easy to insert cartridges, and every cartridge is designed filled with a 10 print capacity. The unique Wide Format - 10.6 x 8.4 cm format film allows the user to fit more subjects and objects in your frame. This will allow the photographer to film large group shots, sharp close-ups and even far away landscapes or city skylines.
Another great gift idea for users of this camera is the Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer, Ash White. When you have an instant camera, having a great portable film printer is also crucial. Welcome to the Fujifilm Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer. Let’s face it, the majority of people out there have some of the latest smartphones ranging from Android to iPhones. So how can we couple our smartphone with our instant camera and printer to make the best use of it? With included Bluetooth 4.2 for excellent connectivity, linking your smartphone with the printer is simple. Go into the settings of your smartphone and look for your printer device and hit connect and you are off and running. In addition, this printer creates the largest prints in the INSTAX product line-up. The printer prints images on 3’ x 5’ film paper and has over 30 editable templates, a QR Print Mode to add URLs, sounds and messages. Meaning you can use your smartphone camera to click on the QR print area and and unlock those features.
There are also 1,600 photo in-app stickers that you can insert into your exposure, meaning you can do some creative editing and photoshop with this printer. And with the included multi-print setting on the printer, you can ensure that everyone will get a copy of the fantastic image you just captured. You can use these exposures for some great stocking stuffers as well, like having a cherished photo printed on a T-Shirt or create a long lasting photography book to relive some great times. So press on the shutter release and get ready for a beautifully printed image.
Plus with the internal lithium ion battery included just attach the charger to the printer and you should be at full capacity between 80-120 minutes. Much better than having to constantly purchase AA batteries.
Having a solid performing SD card is also extremely important to photographers. Having a great camera is wonderful, however if that is not complimented with a good MicroSd card then your images may not store at a top notch level and you won’t get the read/write speeds you need for speedy performance. That’s why an SD card can make a nice stocking stuffer. There are many great SD cards from Lexar to choose from. Look at the size rating of the memory card prior to purchase. Good SD cards are typically rated for 64 GB of storage and up for, making for a nice amount of storage for your images. You can even purchase a 1TB SD card for a tremendous amount of storage. There are SD cards or flash drives from manufacturers like SanDisk as well.
With the need for storage as the size of stills and videos increase with the ability to record in 4K HDR on the latest cameras with some even having being able to record in 8K having a second or spare SD card is a nice boon for photographers. We recommend purchasing a storage option with at least 512 GB of storage and possibly even purchasing a spare one in case you need additional storage. SD cards can be rated for UHS-I or UHS-II and SDXC, increasing the read/write capabilities, so your images can transfer to say a social media site or your hard drive on your PC in a fast and efficient manner.
We have some additional cool gift ideas for stocking stuffers this Christmas that will surely enhance the Holiday Season for that photographer in your family.
Any great photographer is going to want lens filters including a reflector for their camera. The Deco Photo 55mm 3 Piece Pro Level Lens Filter Kit - UV, FLD, Polarizer will provide these for your photographer friends. The UV filter included in this kit, will protect your camera lens, the FLD will automatically correct uneven indoor lighting and even provides color correction when shooting under harsher lighting conditions like fluorescent lighting. The FLD will remove the greenish tint from the image, giving the user an exposure with pleasant skin tones and vibrant true to life color renditions.
The included polarizer will sort of be like 'sunglasses' for the photographer in bright conditions producing sharp, clear vibrant colors. When shooting photography or videography, you can run into an issue with reflected light which often shows up as a whitish glare. This will remove color in an image. A polarizing filter will correct this problem. It will also remove glare from non-metallic surfaces.
These are the three essential filters that any photographer will absolutely love.
Alright so the holidays are great times to take selfies. Using your smartphone camera is the typical way we take selfies today. Well if you are into selfies, you need a good selfie stick. Try the Deco Essentials Telescopic Metal 33" Selfie Stick w/ Tripod and Wireless Remote for iOS/Android. What makes this selfie stick so awesome are several things. First due to its ergonomic and compact build, you can easily maneuver your phone into the exact position you want to grab that selfie. With it’s telescopic design the user can extend the pole from 8" to 33.5" with simplicity. Included with this selfie stick bundle is a wireless remote shutter button. This can pair with any Android (v6.0 or above) and iOS (v7.0 or above) device like an iPhone. Pair the remote with your phone utilizing bluetooth, and you're ready to take images instantly. In addition, you get a small tripod stand that screws into the base of the selfie stick handle, to make your smartphone a tabletop camera. So you can even use the front facing camera on your smartphone for zoom or Face Time calls with a steady, sturdy placement so shake and blur should be a non issue.
To conclude, the Holiday Season is a joyous time to spend with friends and family. Even with that, sometimes creating some gift ideas can be cumbersome. Especially if you are looking for a photography gift for your family member or friend as a stocking stuffer. So check out our ideas for some photography gifts that surely will put a happy grin on your gift recipient when they open their stocking.
Confer with Santa and get those stockings stuffed this Christmas with some wonderful gifts for a photographer!