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5 Things Your Photographer Dad Wants For Father’s Day

By Hanssie on June 8th 2015

Father’s Day is just around the corner (don’t worry, you have almost two weeks before the big day). Admittedly, there isn’t as much hub-bub for fathers as there is for Mother’s Day, but nonetheless, it’s a day to celebrate and recognize the amazing dads out there.

Every year, I encounter the same problem. Dads are hard to shop for. Beyond a new BBQ or another tie (both of which we already purchased last Christmas and birthday), what do they want? If your dad is a photographer, or just loves to take photos, here are some of the hottest items in the photography world that fits all sorts of budgets.


1. DJI Phantom Quadcopter

If you want to totally spoil your dad this Father’s Day, consider getting him the hottest accessory on the market, an unmanned aerial vehicle (or drone). You can get ones for under $100, but the cool kid on the block is the DJI Phantom Quadcopter. And if you’re going to drop that kind of dough, why not go all out and get dad the latest GoPro HERO4. You’ll be the golden child for sure with that combo.


2. Stylish Camera Bag

Sometimes dads need help in the style department, and you might be able to teach him a thing or two. Jay Cassario just reviewed the Bowery Bag from Ona. It’s not only stylish, but durable. You can read Jay’s thoughts about it here. If your dad is more the rugged mountain climbing type, F-Stop Gear just released some of their rugged backpacks in quite a few styles and colors. Matt Saville is taking one for a spin somewhere in the middle of nowhere in a few weeks, so be sure to look for his full review coming soon. If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, check out Anthony Thurston’s article on the top 5 sling bags for under $100.


3. Photography T-Shirt

If your dad is like mine, then he relies on mom to buy him clothes. The most he does is make sure it’s clean (if even that much) and doesn’t give it a second thought. If that’s the case, maybe a cool photography t-shirt will help enhance his closet. I found the Shoot Manual shirt (pictured above) on this website, which has a lot of fun photography shirts to choose from.


4. WD My Passport Wireless

With the new update, the Western Digital My Passport Wireless is faster, more functional and perfect for an on-location backup. Anthony recently revisited the drive after 8 months of using it. You can find Anthony’s thoughts on how it performs after the update here and his original review here.

5. Fstop Watch

My dad’s motto has always been, “If you’re on time, you’re late,” which is why I tend to find myself sitting at the airport after a visit about 3 hours before my flight leaves. If that’s like your dad, then maybe getting him a new watch would be a perfect gift (because those types of dads have at least three time telling devices on them at all times). This watch from Photojojo will make your dad even cooler than he already is.


Bonus: If your dad is a new photographer, consider giving him the gift that keeps on giving. I’m talking about education, of course. Our popular Lighting 101 Workshop is a perfect choice for those dads that want to learn everything they can about lighting and don’t know where to start. Right now, we are having a Father’s Day sale where you can get 25% off of the Lighting 101 DVD. Use the code: dad2015 to save!

What are you thinking of getting dad for Father’s Day?

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Puja Reddy

    Here’re a few great gifts for your photographer dad. Also use code BESTDAD to get flat 25% off

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  2. Dustin Baugh

    I got that lens!
    The rear element protrudes, that thing is resting on glass. It’s hard to look at.

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  3. Scott Pacaldo

    Add this
    Film camera and roll of films, if he/she didn’t try out analog before.
    It doesn’t need to be brand new either. a good ol Lomo is fun

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    • Ralph Hightower

      I could always use film; I have two film cameras. But that defeats the purpose of the DSLR that my wife bought for me. I use all three.

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  4. satnam singh

    awesome gift!!!

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  5. Ralph Hightower

    YES! A DJI Phantom Drone would be great. But what I really need is a Canon 70-300 L zoom lens since I’m limited right now to 24-105.
    A camera bag would be nice also; I have 3 SLR cameras (2 film, one digital) and two bags.

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  6. Phil Bautista

    That new Phase One XF System looks sweet.

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  7. Tom Marvel

    The best gift would be the “time” to create some images
    Maybe an excursion to a target rich environment?

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    • Thomas Horton

      Telling the photographer “I will take care of the kids, you go out and take some pictures” is a fantastic gift!!!

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    • Hanssie

      Personally, I’d LOVE “time” as a gift – away from the camera, the kids, the internet and life.

      Oh, the dreams of a single mom….

      (But I’ll take a drone/gopro combo as a consolation prize ;) )

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    • Brandon Dewey

      I like this gift!

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  8. Thomas Horton

    Honestly, I would say no to all of these. If someone is into photography, they probably have a good idea of what they want and more importantly, don’t like. Trying to surprise a photographer is probably not going to work. “Honey, you shouldn’t have” can be the truth. Especially when considering spending the amount of money some of these items cost.

    For Christmas, my lady bought me a very expensive photo-vest. I smiled and thanked her. I did not tell her two important facts, she was unaware of

    1. I already had a nice expensive photo-vest
    2. There is a reason she has never seen me wear my expensive photo-vest

    If you want to buy the photographer in your life something, especially something expensive, don’t try to surprise them…. If you are not a photographer, you don’t have the experience to tell what is or is not good. If you are a photographer you may not be able to tell the difference between something you would want and something they would want.

    When you surprise someone, you end up surprising them. When you are considering spending a lot of money, you don’t want to surprise them the wrong way.

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    • Hanssie

      That’s why you always make sure there’s a good return policy :)

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    • Dave Haynie

      Sometimes the “toys” that go with being a photo enthusiast, not too expensive, work out well as gifts. My daughter gave me a lens coffee mug a year or so back. She didn’t know it when she bought it, but it was modeled exactly after the Canon 24-105mm f/4L… the normal zoom I use with my 6D. So, a very good choice.

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