7 Gifts for the Photography Buff

The internet is replete with photography-related gifts that are kitschy, corny, or just plain silly. Another lens mug. Yay. We thought you should right by the photographer in your life by gifting him or her something genuinely cool or useful. Here are some ideas to start:

Artisan and Artist Cloth Strap


Every photographer has his or her favorite strap. For shooters that carry a smaller mirrorless or analog camera, this super simple cloth strap by Artisan & Artists will be a hit. They're supple, for easy storage and wrist-looping. They lacks adjustments, but that's kind of the point—a minimal and stylish way to carry around a camera. They can be hard to track down from widely known retailers like Amazon, but you should do fine ordering from a place like PopFlash Photo, even though the site looks kinda shady. $60 [PopFlash Photo]

Ilford Black and White Disposable Camera

This is a fun stocking stuffer for getting out of the digital routine and mixing it up with some analog shooting. Ilford's disposable cameras have black and white film that can be taken to any neighborhood film lab (assuming there are any left). You could even buy a few for the family to shoot with throughout your holiday shindig. $14 [Amazon]

Magnum Contact Sheets Book


This big gorgeous photo book not only has stunning visuals, but can teach the photographer-in-training a whole damn lot about technique. Seeing the contact sheets of so many seasoned pros gives valuable insight into how the iconic shots were created. $60 [Amazon]

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan


This software subscription will get you access to the latest version of Photoshop and Lightroom for $10 a month or $120 per year. For the digital photographer, this software is nearly essential, and your snap-happy friend or relative will kiss your feet for gifting them the power of professional grade photo editing. $120/year [Adobe]

Lumu Smartphone Light Meter


For the serious film shooters (they are out there), a light meter is a tried-and-true t0ol for finding the exact right exposure. The Lumu mounts conveniently on your iPhone and takes surprisingly accurate incident light readings via the Lumu app. $120 [Lumu]

Blurb Gift Certificate


Books are one of the best ways for a photographer to showcase his or her work. Getting pictures out of digital purgatory and onto a physical substrate is important in our world of bits and bytes. Blurb is a great service with a touch more attention to design and quality than something like Snapfish. $20-200 [Blurb]

Western Digital Elements 2 TB Hard Drive


Every photographer needs drive space, and lots of it. Even if they think they are sitting pretty with enough space at the moment, their needs will inevitably expand. That's where a portable high capacity drive like this Western Digital come in. USB 3.0 will give them fast transfer speeds, and it's small and bus-powered for great portability. $90 [Amazon]

Still haven't found the right present? Don't worry, we're rolling out new gift guides all month—right up until the last minute. To see 'em all, head here.


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