It’s that wonderful time of year again, and whether there’s a photographer in your life or it’s you you’re shopping for, the world of photography is littered with a litany of options to the point of being overwhelming. Luckily, we’ve had a year to look at, test, play with, and ponder about many of the best photography products available, and we’ve filtered them all through our collective experience to make the holidays just that little bit easier, a little better, and more successful by bringing you the best photography gifts regardless of your budget.
Bookmark this page and keep checking back as we’ll be continually updating these lists as more and better products and deals surface for the season.
Holiday Gift Guides:
- THE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS | $100-$500
- THE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS | $500 +
RELATED: 2016 HOLIDAY SALE! UP TO 50% OFF
Atmosphere Aerosol $12
We’ve sung the virtues of this ‘smoke machine in a can’ for some time now, and will continue to do so. When it comes time to add a particular amount of flare or drama to a scene, adding a big of ‘fog’ to the environment can change the entire dynamic of something bland, into something special, but fog machines can be expensive, and certianly cumbersome. Atmosphere Aerosol dispels with the inconvenience and cost to bring a lightweight solution that’s easy to use, and truly effective. Right now you can buy 3 cans and get one free.
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Moment Lenses For iPhone $79-$89
Moment iPhone lenses are likely your best option for upgrading your iPhone’s photo-taking capability as they continuously rank right up top. There are currently 4 lenses in production that will fit most iPhones including the iPhone7: Macro, Wide, Tele, Superfish. This isn’t a lens set you’ll find in the gift aisle at a pharmacy, as the results they render are grin-worthy good, and their pricing is better than other high-end phone lens systems. Each can be bought separately so if you really just want to get some portrait length for your phone, well the tele has your name written on it.
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Fujifilm Instax Monochrome $12
Last Holiday Season was dominated by Fuji Instax sales, and for good reason. Fuji Instax cameras have become ubiquitous features at all manners of social events, bringing back the instant gratification to tangible photography, and all in a handsome package. Now, there’s the new Monochrome variety brining the classic and artistic qualities of black and white photography back to Instant film, and for those of you who may be holding out for a Leica Sofort Instant camera, rest assured your camera will be compatible with Fujifilm.
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LumeCube is a lot of lighting power packed into a small and durable cube form factor. The flash duration and brightness control is fully adjustable via bluetooth; it can be dimmed, has no recycle time between flashes, and can be used as continuous light, and to top it off it’s waterproof, mountable, and durable enough to be the ultimate companion to a GoPro or action cam and pairs with ease with an iPhone or Android. It’s probably the most powerful lighting solution to fit in your breast pocket.
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Anker PowerCore+ 20100mAh Portable Power Bank $79
Power is critical to life today, and as photographers whether we are traveling from home to Honolulu or car to coffee shop, we’ll have with us a myriad of devices that all bow at the mercy of electricity. Each device is more power dependent than the next and ‘Sod’s Law’ dictates we’ll need that power when least convenient and least accessible, so a back-up power bank should be a staple in everyone’s bag.
This particular model goes now for $79 and with 20100mAh can recharge your phone many times over, and many times again, and likewise can charge many cameras and is USB-C compatible so it’s able to power up a new MacBook Pro as well.
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Datacolor SpyderExpress Calibration System $99
We’ve continuously preached the lon virtues and utter necessity of monitor calibration for any and every photographer. Gone are the days where calibrating was a finicky and confusing experience as Datacolor’s Spyder5 makes it incredibly easy and fast (a few minutes) to calibrate your computer monitors. The Spyder5EXPRESS helps you maintain consistency from production through post & delivery and designed to provide photographers a simple monitor color calibration solution that allows for calibration of multiple monitors, from laptops to desktop monitors.
Peak Design Cuff Wrist Strap $19
The Peak Design Cuff wrist strap is a deceptively addictive piece of kit, coming in a simple understated box, it has quickly become one of the favorite pieces of our Editor, Kishore. It’s a strong, small quick-connect system that can mount to any piece of gear that has a loop or D-ring; from DSLRs to mirrorless to compacts, it can handle them all and hold them should your camera slip from your hands. It functions off Peak Design’s quick-release plate and lug, and you can snap your camera into the system and out of it with the push of a very secure button. Also, when you’re camera isn’t attached it can wrap around your wrist to be tidy and get’s out of the way. It’s utterly surprising and great for anyone who wants a strap security solution that is not obtrusive.
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CreativeLive Classes $22+
Whether it’s for you or someone in your life, gifting classes taught by the best photography educators around is one that makes an impact, and lasts. CreativeLive has managed to curate the foremost educators in various photography genres and their best works to bring them to you on a platform that can be reached anywhere and at any time. You can learn from the likes of Sue Bryce, Lindsay Adler, and our own Pye Jirsa, and cover anything from photography basics to the intricacies of couples photography, boudoir, wedding, engagement and portrait photography. With some of the Top 100 classes starting at just $22 it’s perhaps some of the best value around.
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[RELATED: 2017 Holiday Sale! Up to 50% Off!]
UNDFIND Camera Bags $49+
UNDFIND bags were created by successful wedding photographers for photographers, and particularly discerning ones. The idea was to have a fully functional, protective yet stylish bag that could be used on shoots where discretion and flexibility were key, like weddings. UNDFIND struck that balance with their UNDFIND One series and have had their bags used by the likes of Photographers like Pye Jirsa and Susan Stripling. They are currently on sale with B&H and there is a range to choose from depending on your needs.
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Rode VideoMic Me / VideoMicro Compact $59
Video has become a necessity for creatives, but no matter how compelling the footage, how exquisite the color grading, how beautiful the subject, what separates the boys from them men, so-to-speak, is sound. Our cameras and phones are capable of recording gorgeous video in 4K and slow motion and all the rest, but none really come capable of harnessing sound anywhere near as good as they capture image. Rode has been a go-to company for high quality microphones for ages, and their VideoMic Me for Smartphones and VideoMicro Compact for cameras are great solutions for bettering audio exponentially.
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Tether Tools RapidMount PowrGrip Kit $67
The RapidMount PowrGrip Kit from Tether Tools mounts speedlights, action cameras, and accessories with a 1/4″-20 thread (under 10 lbs.) securely to any smooth, non-porous surface such as glass, mirrors, and more. The PowrGrip secures to surfaces using a vacuum cup which features a spring-balanced, hand-actuated pump to efficiently remove air from between the rubber pad and the attaching surface. The PowrGrip is Made in the USA and includes a Tether Tools’ Lifetime Warranty.
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Peak Design Field Pouch $39
Peak Design has been changing how we think about camera bags since the introduction of their Everyday Messenger and now their new Everyday line-up, shattering Kickstarer records along the way. If the other Everyday bags or UNDFIND options are a bit too big for you, and you’re looking for something very small but still functional and protective, the Field Pouch borrows design from the rest of the Everyday line-up and is great for storing all your camera accessories while on the go.
You can rganize your gear by utilizing the interior slip pockets and take advantage of the attachment point for Peak Design’s Capture. Keep your pouch in your bigger bag, or use the seatbelt style belt loops to wear on your belt. You can also attach the pouch to any Peak Design strap turning it into a lightweight sling bag. The felt padding provides light protection from everyday use, while the weather-resistant waxed 500D Kodra shell helps safeguard your gear from a sudden change in weather.
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