So you have a friend who loves to take photos? They could be a seasoned pro or an avid amateur who just loves creating fun images. Whatever type of friend that may be, here are 20 gift ideas that they will appreciate. Birthday ideas or maybe a special Christmas gift can be found here in my suggestion list.
SD cards, micro SD cards or CF cards. These are todays rolls of film. Everyone uses this little things in their digital cameras. If you are unsure which type to get, the most common type would be the SD card. Storage sizes from 32GB on up is plenty big unless they will be recording video with their device a lot. I would recommend a higher storage size. Also look for a write speed of 95MB/s or higher. Popular and reliable brands would be from the likes of Sandisk, Lexar, Transcend, PNY, Kingston and Samsung. Price will vary depending on the size and speed of the card. Most you will find will be 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB card sizes currently.
My next recommendation just naturally falls in line with the first one above. An SD card reader is an essential tool. Sometimes the built in card readers on some laptops are finicky and its nice to have an extra you can plug in to a USB port. The thing to point out here is anymore you want to get a USB 3.0 or a USB C. Sticking to USB 3.0 will be the safest to stick with currently as far as compatibly goes. There are adapter for each however. You could even combine the first two if you really want to spend a few extra dollars on your loved one. This is one of the essentials as you want to get your stunning pics off your camera and on to a computer.
An essential set to any photographers bag are the lens filters. I won't go into the details as to why you need them, but if your photographer friend is serious he or she will have at the very least a few UV filters. Sometimes you have quite a few and its nice to have a safe place to store them. Heres a nice soft case from POLAR PRO the KANGA3. Price will very depending on the size and quality of the case.
Your friend may not know it yet, but having one of these color checkers in their bag is a very useful addition. In the world of RAW editing, having a way to balance color properly is VERY important. Even if you set your white balance in camera and don't shoot raw you may see some shift. This will help you dial in your skin tones with ease. Take a photo with this next to your clients face and as long as you don't change lighting or camera settings after you will have repeatable results during the edits. Get one of these and your friend will thank you forever and their images will hopefully show it.
This is another must have. I always have a stash of these zeiss lens wipes in all of my bags. You should never just wipe your lens glass with your shirt. Thats just foolish. To help your friend keep their lenses clean and scratch free get these wipes.
There are many styles and choices out there. It just depends on needs and style preference. You know you're friend better then I do so choice wisely =) Here is one that would be a little more styled towards those traveling light. Holds a smaller camera kit.
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