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Say “No” to the Coffee Cup Lens! 10 Affordable Christmas Gifts for the Photographer you know

ChristmasIt’s hard buying presents for a photographer!!! We tend to be very specific in what we want and usually what we want is extremely expensive. When someone is looking to purchase a gift for you they might come across something  like a lens coffee cup. Don’t get me wrong some of you might want a lens coffee cup and have always wanted one… I am not dissing the coffee cup idea. But there might be a few more items on the list that we would love to have, that are even affordable!

So here it is a list of 10 Affordable Christmas Gifts for a Photographer!

SDHC Cards – you can’t go wrong if you buy one of these. It doesn’t matter how many your photographer friend has, they could probably use one more. I have three of them and wouldn’t mind at all if I had another. You can tuck them away in your camera bag, car anywhere you can think of. These can be bought in at different GB, so if the 32GB is too much try purchasing the 16GB instead!

Reflector / Diffuser – This is a very affordable gift.  I have one, true I don’t use it every day. But when I need one it’s sure great to have. Plus it takes up no space, wraps nicely in a bag for easy storage. I use the diffuser insert more than the reflectors. They’re fun to lean in the window when taking pictures of food. But I have used the reflectors too, they’re a great tool to have!

Photo Soft Box If you’re friend has a DSLR then they will eventually want to try out one of these. Again they store nicely in a bag that doesn’t take up that much space. It’s a great tool to take product shots, but it’s also just fun to take pictures of flowers in and really learn how to use your camera. Helps you understand how light falls on your subject and how to make backgrounds really pop white or black depending on what you’re going for.

Rain Sleeve – These are so affordable, they too make a great gift! I have one in my backpack that I leave there for the just in case moments. The couple times I reached for it I was sure glad to have one tucked away. A photographer might not to think to buy themselves one, but will sure be glad it is there when they need it!

DSLR Camera Battery – You will  have to do a little recon on this 0ne as well. First you have to find out what camera they have, and second if they have a back up battery. A second battery is great to have in the back pack for an emergency. But you really don’t need to own three batteries for one camera, so find out what they have first.

Camera Strap – Try a hand made camera strap by August Blossoms! They are pretty awesome! If you’re having a hard time deciding which one they might like you can always do a gift card instead. That way they get to pick our their favorite color!

Camera Bag – Hard to pick a camera bag for someone else, but here is a list of the top 10 selling camera bags on Amazon! I own the Lowepro Passport Sling Bag and the Think Tank Street Walker, both I love! If you have a specific question about them or any of these ideas send me an email, I would be glad to help out!

Gift Card – Now if you really can’t come up with an idea go for the gift card! I have nothing against giving gift cards or receiving them! It’s a win win you get what you want and they get to buy you something you want!

Canon 50mm F/1.8 and Nikon 50mm F/1.8 -This next group gets a little more expensive, but I am trying to keep them around $100. Canon has the Canon 50mm F/1.8 and Nikon has the 50mm F/1.8 lens as well. If your photographer friend doesn’t have this lens… then this is the gift for sure! I gurantee they will be blown away with how amazing this lens is, and amazed with you for thinking to buy it for them. Seriously!!!

External Hard Drive – You can get some pretty good ones for around $100.00. Back up, back up, back up! You don’t want to loose your pictures. So you might want to do a little recon first and ask them how they back up their photos. If they say they don’t then this a necessity present. You will be a life saver when their computer crashes and they loose all the family photos, but wait… they are safe on the external hard drive!








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