Buying the perfect gift for someone can be a very difficult task at times, especially when you have no idea what the recipient likes. In case that person is a photographer, however, this task becomes a little easier. Or does it?
There are so many things that you can get for a photographer that it gets hard to decide what to actually pick. But worry not! We have a list of the 25 best gifts for photographers under $100 that you can browse from.
For a studio photographer, one of the most important things to get right is lighting. That is where this adjustable and highly flexible lighting kit comes into play. Get this for your photographer loved ones and they will thank you for gifting them a way to create well-lit images using soft and even light.
Lightroom is perhaps the most widely used professional-grade photo editor in the world. It is an essential step in creating stellar photos that are ready to print and post alike. However, it can get a little heavy on the pocket so it’d be a very nice surprise when someone gets a year-long subscription as a gift!
Ask any photographer and they will tell you that keeping their gear safe is more important to them than anything while they’re out shooting in the field. That’s why a waterproof camera bag is one of the most essential pieces of equipment they can own. It’s no surprise then that it makes an excellent gift for travel photographers.
In today’s age of digital photography and online sharing, there are still some photographers who really like to keep physical copies of their photos because it feels more personal. For a photographer like that, this photo case by Novelinks will make a very nice gift. You can buy it as a clear option or in different colors, depending on the personality of the photographer in your life.
For iPhone photographers who love taking photos and posting them online, this mini photo printer by Canon is an amazing gift. It will allow them to print their photos on the go via Bluetooth, and also directly from social media! Having the ability to print physical copies of their photos will be highly appreciated by just about any mobile photographer.
A high-quality digital picture frame can come in handy for any photographer who wishes to have a studio space where potential clients can stop by and view some of their work. Having their photos displayed may help them attract more clients who are impressed with their work. Or maybe they just want to have their photos cycle through on their desk for their own viewing pleasure. Whatever the use case, this digital frame will not go unappreciated as a gift.
Travel photographers will really love this tripod as a gift since it is lightweight, very durable, and also flexible. It can go from 19” to 77” very quickly, making it easy to carry and also very useful in multiple shooting situations. Gift this tripod to any photographer who loves taking travel or street photos and needs some stability in their photos or videos.
Compact system cameras have seen a tremendous interest by photographers of all kinds in the past few years. Amateur and enthusiast photographers, especially, appreciate the small camera bodies for vlogging or making videos in general. This mini tripod by Manfrotto makes the perfect accessory for such videographers who can use it to stabilize their videos very easily. It comes with a push-button mechanism that makes it very quick to set up the camera, and the very cool design doesn’t hurt either.
All photographers, especially those who shoot outdoors, know that having a speck of dust on their camera sensor can really ruin a great shot. That is why having a camera cleaning kit handy is essential. This kit by LensPen is very easy to use thanks to the design and it comes with everything a photographer would need to clean not only their camera bodies but also their lenses. If you can’t decide on anything else on this list, this one might be the easiest and most universal choice.
Creating dramatic, dynamic videos by sliding the camera horizontally across a surface is something videographers really appreciate. While there are some DIY hacks to achieve this effect, having a proper table dolly makes life a lot easier. This one by Neewer is one of the best bangs for your buck in this category. It’s made of metal, has adjustable rods that can help create straight or curved paths, and fluid roller bearings for smooth operation.
Looking for a gift for an aspiring photographer that could use some inspiration to go out and take photos? Give them this book filled with amazing moments from around the world; moments that mattered to the entire world in one way or another. For journalistic photographers too, this book will make a very meaningful and helpful gift.
iPhone photographers who shoot outdoors and need to use a touchscreen to take photos know that this task is very difficult during winters. For them, having these gloves will mean that they can keep their hands warm and then expose their index finger and thumb to take photos without needing to remove the gloves. The gloves themselves are water repellent and windproof, making them a great addition to a photographers kit.
Wildlife photographers will appreciate this small and very durable camera that can be strapped to trees out in the wild. It has night vision, an IP65 water protection rating, and a wide angle lens to make sure that you can record all wildlife moments clearly and reliably. There is also a motion sensor built-in to ensure that you don’t miss any sudden action. With this camera in their arsenal, wildlife photographers will no longer need to sit in dangerous conditions all day and night to record videos.
A small flash light can come in handy for any kind of photographer, whether they are professional photographers working in the studio or travel photographers taking photos outdoors. Such flashes can be used to provide some very useful fill light when the subjects are backlit or to enhance the subjects a little more. This one from Neewer is compatible with a huge amount of cameras and works very well indeed. Being from Neewer, it’s also quite affordable, making it a very good item to purchase as a gift for photographers.
If you know any travel photographers who love to go on adventures, consider getting them an action camera. The EK7000 can capture videos up to a resolution of 2K at 12MP. It’s not only waterproof but also comes with a helpful wrist strap that can be used to take photos and videos without having to fiddle around with the camera itself if it’s mounted somewhere. The camera also has WiFi for instant sharing to social media accounts, making it ideal for those that love to share their moments with their followers right away.
This one's for all the phone video makers in your life. A gimbal helps make videos super steady and also helps with gripping the phone while shooting. The Hohem gimbal comes with 3-axis stabilization, face and object tracking, as well as a timelapse mode, among other features. For extreme conditions, there’s also a sports mode that ensures steady footage. All in all, a smartphone gimbal is the kind of gift any phone videographer is going to love.
While a leather camera strap is pretty awesome, a leather camera harness that can hold two cameras is even more awesome. With this premium gift, photographers will be able to go out in style with two cameras always at the ready. No more fiddling around in bags trying to put one camera in and pull the other one out, which is a real pain for photographers that use two different bodies for photos and videos.
This photographer’s backpack is made of high quality ballistic nylon for excellent durability. It has a rain cover that can help keep one’s precious stuff safe in case of heavy rains. There’s also a compartment for a laptop which is great for travel photographers who wish to edit their photos or back them up on the go. There’s enough space for a large camera body with a lens attached as well three to four additional lenses and other accessories.
The Gopro Hero 8 is an excellent action camera that adventure photographers use. To help such photographers get more out of their Gopro Hero 8, you can gift them the accessory kit by Husiway. It comes with all sorts of things like color filters, a wrist strap, a mini tripod, a selfie stick, a waterproof housing, different mounts, a screen protective film, and much more. All of these accessories make the Hero 8 more useful in many situations making this kit perfect for photographers who already own the Hero 8.
Carrying on with our GoPro accessory recommendations, this kit of two mounts comes directly from GoPro and is compatible with all cameras from the company. One of the mounts allows users to attach the camera to their chest while the other one is for mounting the camera on a handlebar or different kinds of poles for interesting perspectives. Both of these mounts are packed in a compact case that makes it easy to carry them on trips.
Compact tripods that can extend up to a good height are something that every travel or outdoor photographer appreciates. This one can be packed very easily thanks to the short height of 14.5” when it is folded up. And as the name suggests, it can open up to a height of 58”, making it very useful for landscape photos. It’s aluminium construction makes it lightweight and durable at the same time. It can also be used as a monopod as a result of the flexible design.
A ring light can be very useful in not only closeup macro photography but also for studio portraits. This makes a great gift for anyone who takes these kinds of photos, or someone who loves to experiment with creative lighting. This ring light comes with the possibility to use white light, warm light, natural light, or 6 different colored lights. There are also breathing and flashing modes for some interesting videos. It also includes a cell phone holder and a tripod, making it a complete package to gift to any photographer.
This accessory kit by Godox can be used with various camera flashes by Godox and by other brands as well. The application of it is very simple and the uses are very interesting. You can use this kit to add different colors and effects to any flashes you have lying around. From a light diffuser and a beam snoot to color filters and a honeycomb grid, this accessory kit has a lot to offer to those photographers who love to get creative with their lighting setups.
Peak Design is a company known for its excellent accessories, and the Capture Camera Clip V3 is no exception. It allows photographers to attach their cameras to any straps up to a width of 2.5 inches. With it, they can secure their cameras to their belts, backpack straps, or something similar allowing them to quickly and easily take the camera off, use it, and reattach it. Perfect gift for photographers who shoot events!
For adventure photographers with lots of accessories and actions cameras, this case from Smatree is a perfect gift. It has many different spaces to keep a whole lot of stuff. It’s water resistant, dust-proof, and is also floaty in design to ensure safety of your camera equipment at all times.
That concludes our list of the 25 top gifts for photographers for under $100. No matter what kind of photographer you wish to buy something for, whether they are professional and need something for their studio setup or if they’re just starting out and could use some fun accessories, we’re sure you can find something in this list that will be just perfect for the kind of work they do.