Pursuing photography as a career is not something that is very easy to do, especially in today’s day and age when photography often becomes as simple as taking your phone out and getting excellent photos. However, there is still a huge place for professional photographers to make their name by doing what they love.
To help such professional photographers out with their work, or just to appreciate them and show your support, you can consider giving them a nice gift. This gift can be anything depending on how much you can spend. Here, we have listed down 25 of the best ideas for such gifts for professional photographers that you may want to have a look at.
An action camera lets photographers do various things. They can take it on their traveling trips and record all the action, they can use them to record their everyday photography process for a YouTube channel, and they can also use it for some smooth dynamic footage when a larger camera is not suitable. To do all of this, a GoPro Hero7 is one of the top choices thanks to its waterproof design, ability to livestream video, and excellent 4K video quality.
Using a small flashlight comes in handy for professional photographers not only when they’re in the studio but also outdoors. However, a direct flash is often very harsh and can ruin photos. That is why this flash diffuser by Altura Photo is a great gift idea. It can attach to pretty much any flash and give it a very nice diffused and soft look. It’s easy to attach, simple in design, and compact to carry.
This is another product from Altura Photo that aims to make the life of outdoor professional photographers easier. It’s a rain cover made from high-quality nylon, with a clear viewing window for the camera lens, and two sleeves for the photographer’s arms to operate the camera with dry hands. It’s an essential gift for adventure, travel, landscape, and wildlife photographers who need to be prepared for all kinds of weather.
Many professional photographers use their iPhones these days to capture short videos because of the ease that comes with using a phone. For such photographers, the Insta360 Go will be a good gift as it will help them take high-quality, stabilized videos in various ways and then share them right away. The Go is very small and easy to take everywhere, and can be mounted anywhere thanks to its design choices. It’s a great way to get some very nice footage in situations where using a phone isn’t practical.
The Mavic Air 2 is a great way for photographers to take aerial photos and videos in high resolution. It provides excellent stabilization thanks to the 3-axis gimbal, it shoots in 4K/60 fps for great video quality, it can fly up to 34 minutes, and has different shooting modes you can make use of. All in all, this is one of the best gifts you can get for a professional photographer if you want to help them up their photo and video game.
Professional photographers often have very expensive gear that they need to carry with them on trips. For that reason, having a reliable and durable backpack is very important for them. This one has a hard outer shell and is waterproof to provide maximum durability. It also has soft inner compartments to keep the gear safe, and plenty of them. There is also a laptop cover and a tripod holder, which makes it an all-in-one design perfect for traveling photographers.
Operating some cameras and most phones becomes very difficult in winters because many gloves don’t let you use a touchscreen. These thermal gloves from GearTOP come with a very cool design and allow you to operate any touchscreen with the index finger and the thumb. Gift these to any professional photographer and they’ll be happy.
This digital picture frame with a 1080p IPS display is a very good gift item for professionals who have their studios where they entertain clients. They can use the display to showcase some of their best work for their clients to see. The images can be set to change automatically as a slideshow, making it easy for people to see what kind of work you do. It can even play music in the background. Perfect for a photography studio waiting area.
This is a very simple handle that can be attached to the hot shoe of a camera body in order to provide a better grip for capturing stable videos. It’s made of aluminum and has a built-in spirit level to ensure that the camera is level. Other than providing stability, it also extends to cold shoe. For videographers, this is a very useful gift idea.
Sometimes, having a compact camera that can be taken anywhere and can take excellent photos and videos can come in very handy even for professional photographers. The Sony RX100VII is of the very best compact cameras in its class. It features a 1” sensor that can shoot some amazing videos in 4K. It has a top-of-the-line autofocusing system and a very sharp and versatile lens. It’s one of the best gifts you can get for professional photographers who wish they had something smaller that they could carry with them at all times.
High-end print photography requires a high-end, color-accurate monitor. This one from Dell is a great choice thanks to its 4K resolution, 99% sRGB color space, and a slim and sleek design that can be adjusted easily in height and angle. This display will ensure that the photographs the photographers see and edit on their screen is very close to what an actual print will be like.
Professional photography isn’t always about the sharpest and in-focus photos. A lot of the time, it is about creative expression too. The Lensbaby Sol 45 is a 45mm lens that has a selective focus design to let photographers take very unique-looking photos. It has an 8.5-degree tilt which enables it to focus on a very small area of the scene, making the rest of it look like it’s warping out of the photo.
Make no mistake. This tripod is compact only when it is ‘closed’ down to a mere 19”. When fully open, it has an impressive height of 77”. This makes it one of the best options for travel photographers who want to travel light but also need something that can let them take all kinds of shots. The tripod can also be used as a monopod for quick shooting, by removing two of its legs. The high-quality construction combined with the portability and flexibility makes this a great gift for any photographer.
With 24 slots to carry all kinds of memory cards in a water and shock resistant casing, this small and portable case is perfect for professionals who want to keep all their photos safe and sound. The case comes with a storage bag and a carabiner and has 12 slots each for MicroSD and SD cards. It locks down very securely and is lightweight for easy portability.
Photoshop Shortcuts Keyboard Skin
Many professional photographers use Adobe Photoshop on a daily basis to edit their photos. However, this can become very tough as there are so many tools in Photoshop to be remembered. With this keyboard skin, they can turn their MacBook keyboards into visual cues for the various keys they can use to activate the corresponding tools in Photoshop. It’s a simple gift that can go a long way into making the editing process much more intuitive for photographers.
This scaled dolly can help videographers out in capturing very smooth moving footage. They can use it to take videos of different products or even models when they need to make sure that the camera moves along a straight or curved path smoothly. The dolly is made of very durable materials and has rotatable rubber wheels for stable movement.
It is not always possible for wildlife photographers to stay all night out in dangerous situations, in bad weather to take the photos or videos they want. That is why having a discreet, waterproof camera like this that can be mounted on different surfaces can be very useful. The camera has a wide angle lens and can be activated by motion to ensure that it doesn’t miss any important action.
Getting a gift that is personalized in some way is often more special than getting something very fancy. This camera strap is a very cool gift idea for photographers because it is made from leather which is both comfortable and durable, and can be customized with the name of the photographer you’re getting it for.
Going back to how important color calibrated displays are for photographers, this SpyderX Pro is a tool designed to help professionals calibrate the colors on their displays to get as accurate results as possible. It works quickly and is very easy to use so it makes a very useful gift for all kinds of photographers who are serious about their work.
A good book designed to help photographers look on the beautiful side of everyday life is something that never gets old. ‘Capture the Moment’ is just that; a book that is filled with photos and tips from photographers related to how one can take brilliant photos of family life. The tips included are easy to follow and very helpful in teaching photographers some new things.
This is a very useful tool for photographers to calibrate their lenses as well as the autofocusing mechanisms of their cameras. It comes with a level and a tripod mount so it can be used anywhere very easily. It allows photographers to calibrate their equipment without having to send it to professional camera stores.
Getting perfect lighting is essential to take good photos, and this lighting kit will help photographers achieve that. It includes softboxes, light bulbs, and stands to provide a complete lighting setup. It also comes with a carrying bag so that the kit can be taken along on trips and outdoors shoots. The stands are very easy to use and highly portable, adding to the flexibility of this kit.
An adjustable, comfortable, and versatile camera harness will help photographers take better photos when they’re out and about. It will not only provide them with a safe way to carry their camera but also help out with some stabilization. It also comes with various pockets for accessories such as memory cards. Another cool feature is the quick-release mechanism through which it is very quick and easy to attach or detach the camera body.
Using the Loupedeck+ console for photo and video editing will help photographers edit their content in a much more intuitive way than with using just a mouse and keyboard. The sliders, dials, and buttons on this console have been designed to provide maximum comfort and efficiency while editing. The console is compatible with various editing programs like Photoshop, Lightroom, Final Cut, Aurora HDR, etc. It is easy and quick to set up and can also be customized to one’s needs and preferences.
This light panel is very slim and portable, making it one of the essentials in any professional photographer’s kit. It comes with a variable color temperature between the ranges of 3300K and 5600K, ensuring that photographers can get the perfect light for their shots. Having something like this that has adjustable brightness as well color temperature means that a photographer never has to worry about having too little light for their photos, no matter where they are.
With so many different options on this list, we are sure you can find something that you can afford and that the photographer in your life will appreciate. There are many other products you might find online as well, but these are some of the most useful ones you should consider. It’s better to give a photographer something that they will actually use in their day to day work rather than something that will sit on a shelf for years to come.