5 Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Photographers

Christmas is almost upon us and many people are still struggling to find a thoughtful and useful gift for friends and family. If they're an avid photographer, that might seem like a path to a successful present, but it's a minefield. Here are five last-minute ideas.

I have written about Christmas gift ideas before, primarily on what photographers don't want. Having a passion for photography becomes part of a person's identity and as it's usually public knowledge because you're sharing your images, friends and family may look to purchase related gifts.

The difficulty is, as with any complex pastime, buying things from outside of it for someone deeply embedded in the craft is tricky. It's all too easy to buy something useless like a cheap camera bag you saw on sale, when in fact, that's a tremendously difficult purchase for the photographer themselves to get right, so you stand little chance. There are, however, less personal gift ideas, and five are shown in this video.

Rather than take any from the video, I'll add that a relatively inexpensive gift for a photographer that is usually a good bet is a GorillaPod. Not only are these on the cheap side, but they are useful in several ways to photographers. Yes, you can mount your camera on one, but you can also might strobes, LEDs, and even microphones, so the value of the tripod will increase as the photographer's shooting techniques become more complex.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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