3 Photography Gift Ideas

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Need some quick gift ideas for that special someone who’s into photography?

Here’s 3 simple gifts any photography enthusiast will love!

#1.  A light 

Sounds pretty basic, right?  Well, anyone who’s into photography knows that the better the light, the better the photo.  With any sort of camera work (photo or video), the right lighting is essential.  Sometimes a “flash” isn’t the right light, and a built-in flash on most entry level DSLRs is so harsh, it can sometimes wreck a photo. Often, all a photographer needs is a soft light, and the ability to control certain aspects of it. What aspects? Some lights can be adjusted to appear “cool” or “warm”. Some can be made brighter or dimmer. Lighting can make or break a photo, depending on what’s being photographed.  This light won’t disappoint:

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The Falcon Eyes SO-28TD

This light has a built-in diffuser, so it’s not “harsh”.  Power to the light is flexible: it can be powered via battery (sold separately), or by the included wall plug.  It has adjustable color temperature controls for “warm” and “cool” tones.  It doesn't get hot either--because it’s made up of LED lights.  Also, you can adjust the light’s intensity through a brightness control.

A light like this will give your shutterbug lots of control over their light—and they’ll appreciate you for it!

Check out the Falcon Eyes So-28TD on Amazon!

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#2.  JOBY Gorillapod 

This little tripod is a versatile tool that photographers love.  This particular unit features its own ball head—so attaching a camera is a breeze.  Sometimes as photographers, we just want to get out quick and shoot photos—we don’t want to have to pack up a bunch of heavy gear (tripod, monopod, and a bunch of ball heads and video heads, and so on, and so forth).  With the Joby Gorillapod, we’ve able to get out there quickly and easily—and have fun!  This little tripod is hefty enough to pack around a pretty meaty camera (11 pound payload), but small enough to toss in a bag!  The bendy, grippy legs make them perfect for setting up a camera on uneven terrain like you’d encounter out on a hike.  It's small enough to perch on a table or a desk.  You can wrap the grippy legs around tree branches or sign posts for unique angles and shots.  Pros like Peter McKinnon and Casey Neistat use these when vlogging! 

The bottom line:  This grippy little Joby Gorillapod is a super useful tool that any photographer would enjoy having in their kit!

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#3.  A hard drive  

Wait.  What?  I thought we were talking about photography gear!?  Photographers create photos and videos, but where do they get stored?  I produce thousands of photos each year.  Some I delete, but most I save.  Why?  I dunno—maybe I’m a packrat.  Between my laptop and cloud storage locations I know I don’t have room to store all those photos and videos.  So where do all those photos and videos go?

This little drive holds 4TB of stuff, and it’s “rugged” (the rubberized case protects it from bumps).  Why is the “rugged” thing important?  Because the insides of hard drives are very fragile—and if you bump one (drop it, bang it around) those fragile components can break—rendering your hard drive useless. Having that rubberized case gives you a some peace of mind, and having 4TB of storage will put a giant smile on your shutterbug’s face!  Read the reviews about this "LaCie Rugged Mini 4TB" hard drive on Amazon.

Need more ideas? Check out my reviews of this tripodcamera bag, and camera strap!

How do I know these gifts are right for someone who’s into photography?  Because I’m a photographer, and I know I’d be stoked to receive these gifts on my birthday or during the holiday season!