Travel and photography go together like peanut butter and jelly. Sure, you can have one without the other, but they’re SO much better together.
If you have a travel photographer on your holiday shopping list, here are eight gift ideas that are sure to please (all for under $100!).
Extra batteries (varies, $5-$45)
Extra batteries are a travel photographer’s best friend. Whether you’re trekking through Nepal or chilling in the jungles of Brazil, it’s often difficult to find ways to charge your camera battery. And the lack of outlets is usually in the coolest places — where you’d die if you missed that perfect shot. Extra battery to the rescue!
How to give it: These make a perfect stocking stuffer. I didn’t include a link here, because the batteries for every camera are different. Look for an off-brand battery on Amazon or eBay to save money, but MAKE SURE you read the reviews — some of them don’t work without special parts, or at all.
Getting Out Of Auto Photo Ebook ($9.99)
I’ve taken photography classes, read photography books, and followed photography blogs. Though I’ve learned a little bit in each of them, I have to say that Bethany Salvon‘s Getting Out Of Auto Photo Ebook is the most simple, helpful, and digestible photography manual I’ve come across. It’s full of clear explanations and beautiful photographic examples, and it’s all written in an engaging, easy-to-read style. At the bargain basement price of $9.99, I couldn’t recommend this book highly enough.
How to give it: If you’re being really nice and getting your loved one a DSLR for Christmas, this would be a perfect accompaniment. Otherwise, pair this with a blank frame (that will hold their future masterpiece).
GorillaPod Flexible Tripod ($18.99)
This tiny, bendy tripod is the perfect travel accessory — especially for adventure travelers. It’s small enough to throw in your daypack, and its bendy legs are super useful when there’s no flat surfaces around, which is often the case outdoors. You’ll love it for long exposures and for taking group photos (that you actually get to be in!).
How to give it: Set it up under (or on) the tree with a card resting on it — a card that promises a hiking trip or outdoorsy weekend, with plenty of couples/family pix guaranteed!
SmugMug ($35-$145 for a one-year subscription)
I’m a freak about photo storage. Every photographer’s worst nightmare is that they somehow lose all of their photos. That’s where SmugMug comes in. You can upload all your photos to this site and know they’re safe. The interface is beautiful and well-organized, making your photos accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. And for anyone interested in selling their photographs, you can do that here, as well. Give your favorite shutterbug some peace of mind this holiday season!
How to give it: Purchase a year’s subscription, and notify the giftee by saying that your memories with that person are so precious that you don’t ever want to lose the photos of those moments. (Awww.)
Printcopia Canvas Prints ($49-$216, depending on size)
When the lovely folks over at Printcopia offered me a canvas print in exchange for a review, I jumped at the opportunity. And boy am I glad I did! The ordering process was simple, the shipping was quick, and my canvas looks BEAUTIFUL. Though it may seem pricey, take into account the fact that you won’t have to frame the photo, and that it’ll travel well since there’s no glass to break. And right now, all prints are 25% off and ship for free. (Alternatively, Printcopia’s sister companies sell vinyl banners, car magnets, and lawn signs.)
How to give it: Surprise your travel photographer by finding one of the photos they’re most proud of and getting it shipped to you in canvas form. SO artsy.
External Hard Drive ($75 – a lot more)
Thousands of photos plus laptop hard drives equals bad news bears. That’s why an external hard drive might be the perfect present for the photographer in your life. It’ll store all of their photos, freeing up precious space on the hard drive so that their computer doesn’t move at the speed of a turtle… on sleeping pills.
How to give it: The link above is for the hard drive I have, but there are tons on the market. If you’re not sure which one to get, give your peep a gift card to an electronics store so that they can choose the right one for them.
Lensbaby Spark ($79.95)
Though I’ve never used a Lensbaby, I’ve read about and lusted over it plenty. I feel fine saying that any DSLR photographer would love to own one. They allow you to really explore the creative side of photography by playing with different blur and focus effects. Just Google “Lensbaby spark photos” if you don’t believe me.
How to give it: Just it. In a box with a ribbon. It’s sweet enough as is. Make sure they have a DSLR before buying it, though!
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 ($99.99)
This is something that’s on my Christmas list this year. For the travel photographer that wants to take their photographic editing and organization to the next level, but isn’t quite ready for Photoshop, this is the ticket. The ultimate pairing is to use this as a photo organizer with Photoshop as an editor, but that’s a big investment. I think that this is the perfect way to dip a toe into the water, while spending less than a benji.
How to give it: Pair it with an online tutorial or ebook about the software, so that your photographer learns the ins and outs of the program and is able to use it to their best ability.
Would you, or the travel photographer on your list, like to find any of these under the tree? Anything I missed?
Ultra-professional disclaimer: Many of these links are affiliate links, meaning I get a bit of the proceeds if you purchase through them. All of these are products that I hold near and dear to my heart, howevs, and I wouldn’t recommend them if I didn’t think they rocked.