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6 DIY Holiday Gifts For The Photographers In Your Life

By Chris Nachtwey on December 15th 2014

I don’t know about you, but the holidays have snuck up on me yet again! Every year, I promise myself that I will not wait until the last minute to purchase all my gifts for the holidays, and again this year, I have failed to get my shopping done early. Finding that perfect gift for the photographers in your life can be tough. It’s not that we don’t want anything, but more so that the things we want are expensive! What are you to do when you have no idea what to buy the photographers in your life? Go the DIY route!


In the video below, our friends over at COOPH share six easy DIY photography gifts sure to please all the photographers in your life.


I have to say I found the gift ideas COOPH shows off in the video to be fun, creative, and relatively inexpensive. I don’t know many photographers who are not DIY aficionados. We love creating DIY light modifiers, backdrops, and really any photography tool we can imagine, so naturally, we would love a DIY holiday gift.

I loved the wooden print gift. I have seen prints done on wood before and always thought they would make a cool gift, but they can be expensive. COOPH shows us that you can create your own wood prints with a laserjet printer on normal paper and simply use a household iron to transfer the print onto wood! I also loved the print melted onto a candle using again a laserjet print on normal paper, some wax paper and hair dryer.



Since so many photographers are DIY type people, we can use the tips in the video to make awesome handmade gifts for our friends and family that they will surely love. If you are really strapped for holiday gift ideas for the photographer in your life, swing by the SLR Lounge Store. Check out our Lightroom Presets V6 and video tutorials such as Photography 101. They will make the perfect holiday gifts. Happy holidays and best of luck to all of you still shopping with the last minute crowd, like I am!

Via: COOPH Youtube page

Images via screen grab.

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Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Kurk Rouse

    These are all very excellent ideas.

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  2. Tosh Cuellar

    Cool gift ideas, the wood was particularly nice.

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  3. Basit Zargar

    Nice !!

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  4. Chad Whitt

    Sean, I think it was Hammermill Color Copy Digital paper. I used a Canon ImagePress printer.

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  5. Chad Whitt

    Last night, I transferred two prints to wood. It turned out pretty good, for the first time. It is going to be one of my Christmas gifts to my partner. Thanks for adding this tutorial.

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    • Sean Steuart

      I just tried and can’t get the ink to transfer. What type of paper did you use? Thanks

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    • Chad Whitt

      Sean, I think it was Hammermill Color Copy Digital paper. I used a Canon ImagePress printer.

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  6. Hans photoWerks

    Wood print looks cool!!! got to try it when I get my hands on some wood… :)

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  7. Dre Rolle

    These would be nice project to have a elementary class to as surprise gifts for a parent. Nice share.

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  8. Greg Silver

    I’m thinking about trying the candle idea – looks very cool!

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  9. John Cavan

    Okay, the wood ideas were pretty cool, they look like they would be fun to try. Not sure about just taping things to glass though… looks more amateurish than I would like.

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    • Mike Kropf

      Yeah… taping negatives to a cup. I’d be pissed if I got that as a gift.

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