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The Best Gifts for Photographers from Newbies to Pros

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In this smartphone-saturated era, anyone and everyone can be a photographer. But there's something special about picking up a camera — any camera — and taking pictures the old-fashioned way, with no text messages, emails, or phone calls to get in the way. (You knew that, of course.) Find the perfect present for the photographer on your list with our gift guide.


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Camera Enamel Lapel Pin
Etsy

Camera Enamel Lapel Pin

$10 from Etsy
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Give your favorite photographer some flair for their jacket, camera bag, or backpack with one of these cute enamel pins from National Dry Goods. They also sell pins in the shape of a film roll, a Polaroid camera, and other designs.

Joby GorillaPod 3K Kit
Amazon

Joby GorillaPod 3K Kit

$53 from Amazon
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It's a tripod. It's a clamp. It's both those and more. The grippy legs of the GorillaPod can be twisted and turned in every which way, allowing you to mount your camera nearly anywhere. This particular GorillaPod has a 3-kilogram weight limit, making it hefty enough to support a DSLR or camcorder; smaller and larger versions are also available.


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Clip-on Cellphone Camera Lenses
Amazon

Clip-on Cellphone Camera Lenses

$45 from Amazon
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Cellphone cameras are pretty darn versatile, but macro and wide-angle shots can still be a challenge. Attach this clip-on lens to your phone and you'll be able to snap dramatic panoramas and tight close-ups. Bonus: It also comes with a clip-on LED for when you need to throw a little extra light on the subject.

Sunprint Kit
Amazon
Topo Designs Camera Cube
Moosejaw

Topo Designs Camera Cube

$59 from Topo Designs
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This cute padded tote is big enough to accommodate a camera and a couple of lenses, yet slim enough to be slipped inside a backpack or carry-on. (It's also a lot more attractive than most camera bags we've seen.) Nice touch: The top can be cinched securely shut. Available in three colors.


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Amazon
Amazon

A Light Meter

$219 from Amazon
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Sophisticated as today's cameras and phones are, there are still occasions when a handheld light meter comes in use (especially flash-driven portrait and fashion photography). Accurate down to a 1/10 of a stop, it can meter for shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 of a second, perfect for today's demanding digital photo and videography.

Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 50
Adorama

Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 50

$300 from Amazon
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For the skilled photographer who wants to start experimenting with creative lens effects, there's Lensbaby. Tilt the articulated lens body to create a halo-like focal "sweet spot" around your subject for striking photographs. Available for select Sony, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Fuji digital cameras.

Bill Cunningham On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography
Amazon

Bill Cunningham On the Street: Five Decades of Iconic Photography

$35 from Amazon
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Fans of street photography and fashion photography will spend hours poring over this collection of work by the longtime New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham.

Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap
Amazon

Peak Design Cuff Camera Wrist Strap

$30 from Amazon
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Street photographers need to keep their camera close at hand to shoot those unexpected moments. This adjustable nylon and leather wrist cuff attaches to just about any camera with the included anchors. Available in two colors.

Lomography Konstruktor F Do-It-Yourself 35mm Film SLR Camera Kit
Adorama Camera, Inc.

Lomography Konstruktor F Do-It-Yourself 35mm Film SLR Camera Kit

$40 from Amazon
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This kit makes a great gift for anyone who wants to understand the basic mechanics of a film camera and learn how to become a photographer. The plastic body has a focusing ring and viewfinder like a regular 35mm camera body, plus an attachment for a flash. Note: Film is not included.


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Canon Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer
Amazon

Canon Selphy CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

$129 from Amazon
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Have printer, will travel. This portable, wireless Canon dye-sublimation photo printer weighs less than 2 pounds and can print a 4-by-6-inch borderless image in less than a minute. Use the app to print from a wireless device or to create photo booth-style prints at your next party.


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Portable White Balance Filter
Amazon

Portable White Balance Filter

$16 from Amazon
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Light ranges in color and temperature from warm to cool, something your eyes may not be able to detect but a DSLR's sensors can. Get the white balance wrong, and your photos may have a blue or yellow cast to them. When used with a camera's custom settings, this will ensure perfect white balance, and it's slim enough to slip into a pocket.

A Vintage Film Camera ...
Ebay

A Vintage Film Camera ...

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Before digital, there was film, and plenty of photographers swear by it. If you or someone you know would like to try film photography, eBay is a great resource for finding cheap, used 35mm SLR and point-and-shoot cameras in working order.


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... And a Roll of Film to Go With It
B & H Foto & Electronics Corp.

... And a Roll of Film to Go With It

$9 from B&H
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It's harder to find places that sell film, but far from impossible. If you don't have a camera store in your town, B&H Photo in New York City is a great resource for 35mm film and darkroom supplies. It's easy to learn how to process black-and-white film at home, and Lomography makes some cool film stocks to experiment with. Their Berlin 400 ASA film is a versatile stock for shooting outdoors or inside.


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The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion
International Center for Photography

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion

$50 from International Center for Photography
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Curator and critic Antwaun Sargent presents the work of 15 contemporary photographers in this examination of art, culture, and fashion, and how Black artists navigate these worlds.

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Amazon

Life 100 Photographs that Changed the World

$60 from Amazon
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Take a comprehensive look at the history of photography and some of the most iconic images of all time. Editors consider 100 photographs, many of them first printed in Life Magazine, and the impact they've had on pop culture.


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Flash Memory Card

$14 and up from Amazon
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If you own a DSLR, you know how quickly you can fill up your camera's memory cards, especially if you're shooting high-def, uncompressed images. These highly rated SD cards can hold up to 1 TB of data, and they make great stocking stuffers.

Peak Design
Peak Design

Sling Bag

$150 and up from Peak Design
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Any street photographer worth their salt will tell you that a lightweight, easy-to-carry camera bag is a must when out and about. Whether you've got a compact mirrorless camera or a pro-grade DSLR with a spare lens, there's a Sling Bag that will fit your kit...

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Amazon

Nikon Lens Pen Cleaning System

$12 from Amazon
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Keep your digital or film camera clean inside and out with this lens pen. Use the retractable brush to flick away dirt and dust, then use the delicate cleaning tip to remove fingerprints and dust from lenses and eyepieces.

B&H
B&H

Beastgrip Pro Smartphone Rig System

$140 from B&H
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Once upon a time, filmmakers needed clunky, massive film cameras and rigs to shoot a movie. No longer. Turn your smartphone into a Steadycam with this rig system, which has a threaded mount for a filter or telephoto lens, plus a cold shoe to secure an external microphone, and tripod port.

Shoot Film Co.
Shoot Film Co.

PhotoMemo Photographer's Memo Book 2 Pack

$10 from Shoot Film Co.
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Keep a record of your camera and lens settings for each shot, make notes about shooting conditions, or just jot down random thoughts. Each notebook contains 48 pages and is small enough to fit in a pocket or camera bag.

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Amazon

A Magazine Subscription

Varies from Amazon
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You'll find a range of photography magazines available for subscription, including titles like Digital Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, and Outdoor Photographer. Some are available only on Kindle; others are print subscriptions.

B&H
B&H

Waterproof Camera Case

$89 from B&H
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Planning a trip to the beach for some snorkeling? This underwater housing is designed to keep a DSLR like a Nikon D3300 safe and dry to a depth of 5 meters. A version designed for smaller mirrorless cameras is also available.

Amazon Gift Card
Amazon

A Gift Card to Their Favorite Store

Varies from Amazon
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Let’s be honest. Photographers are picky people. So give ‘em what they really want, no matter what they’re into: the freedom to choose for themselves.