The holidays are fast approaching, and if you're anything like me, it’s time to scramble for those last-minute gifts. Here are seven gifts that would be great for photographers that you can also simply download online.
Most photographers and creatives spend a lot of time on YouTube watching tutorials, reviews, vlogs, or simply passing some time with funny cat videos. With a YouTube premium account, they can not only do these things ad free, but they can also download videos for offline use as well as gain access to the new YouTube music streaming service.
Almost every photographer needs something from the Adobe Creative Cloud. Since the service is now setup with a subscription model, even if they already have the programs they need, you can always add on extra months or a year of service to what they have.
Continuing education is something that all photographers should be doing. One of the best ways to do this is from reading books or looking through books filled with inspirational photographs. Below is a quick list of my favorite photography books.
Zack Arias: "Photography Q&A"
Sam Able: "The Life of a Photograph"
Nick Fancher: "Chroma"
Vivian Maier: "Street Photographer"
Alex Webb: "The suffering of Light"
Joey L: "Photographing Shadow and Light"
Joe McNally: "Sketching Light"
4. Community Memberships
A great way for photographers to grow is by submitting images to online awards and being apart of some type of photography community. While I’m sure there are communities for most genres of photography, I really only know about groups that cater to wedding photographers. Below is a list of some groups that would be worth looking into for any wedding photographer.
Presets are used to apply a certain style and look to an image while editing. They also make editing a lot faster and easier when dealing with large amounts of images. While there are a ton of preset companies, my favorite by far are the ones offered by DVLOP. Without going into to much detail, there is a lot of technology built into their presets that you won't find from any other company. While you can find a lot of different styles through DVLOP, the ones I like best for my type of shooting are the packs from Two Mann Studios, Daniel and Davina, and Sam Hurd. If the photographer you are getting a gift for does any type of landscape photography though, you will definitely want to check out the packs from Chris Burkard.
One thing that all photographers need or want is more gear. Whether they need a camera upgrade, a new lens, light, or some sort of accessory, a gift card can get them one step closer to that new piece of kit they so desperately want.
Similar to the reason why eBooks make such a great gift, video tutorials take continuing education to the next level. One of the best options available can actually be found right here on Fstoppers. The offerings vary from weddings, to landscape photography, to architectural photography, and much more.
Since I know a lot of photographers will also be reading this, what are some last-minute gift ideas you would appreciate? Leave them in the comments below.