Photo Gift Guide 2015

Oh my! It's that time of year already...You know...Holiday shopping time!
It is stressful enough to do gift shopping when you have an idea of what to get, but it is 100x worse when your gift recipient is a photographer and YOU have no idea what to get them!

So relax a little, and read this guide to some simple gift choices for the photographer in your life. And this list is designed for ANY brand of camera user out there. And I have it broken up into three categories for three different budgets. 

So let's stop talking and get to shopping!!


 


Sub $25


First up is a 6 pack of microfiber lens cloths. EVERYONE can use more of these! And at $9 you can't beat the price! Follow this link to pick them up on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1XtygPh

First up is a 6 pack of microfiber lens cloths. EVERYONE can use more of these! And at $9 you can't beat the price! Follow this link to pick them up on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1XtygPh

What is this crazy thing?! It is used to blow dust and dirt off your camera and lens. It is always nice to blow the dirt off BEFORE you wipe it down to avoid scratching your lens! It's cheap too folks! Less than $10 Follow the link to purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1XtyXbp

What is this crazy thing?! It is used to blow dust and dirt off your camera and lens. It is always nice to blow the dirt off BEFORE you wipe it down to avoid scratching your lens! It's cheap too folks! Less than $10 Follow the link to purchase on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1XtyXbp

You have to get the photos off your cards somehow right?! This card reader is exactly what you need. Why? It is USB 3.0 which means it is FAST!! And it is only $16 AND...I actually own two of these so can speak to their quality. :D Follow the Amazon ink to order: http://amzn.to/1jlAkuY

You have to get the photos off your cards somehow right?! This card reader is exactly what you need. Why? It is USB 3.0 which means it is FAST!! And it is only $16 AND...I actually own two of these so can speak to their quality. :D Follow the Amazon ink to order: http://amzn.to/1jlAkuY

This is the ULTIMATE $10 gift!! But there is a catch....It is $10 a month. ;) For $10 a month your giftee will receive BOTH Adobe Lightroom AND Photoshop! If they aren't using these, they will be FLOORED to get this as a gift!! Follow the Amazon link to hook them up! http://amzn.to/1Id3KHJ

Awesome! You got that special someone the Lightroom and Photoshop subscription!! Now they need to learn how to use it!! This book is PERFECT! Although it breaks our $25 budget by a dollar ;) So for $26 you get a book by the master of Photoshop and Lightroom, Scott Kelby! Follow the Amazon link to pick this up today! http://amzn.to/1PQGZvO

Awesome! You got that special someone the Lightroom and Photoshop subscription!! Now they need to learn how to use it!! This book is PERFECT! Although it breaks our $25 budget by a dollar ;) So for $26 you get a book by the master of Photoshop and Lightroom, Scott Kelby! Follow the Amazon link to pick this up today! http://amzn.to/1PQGZvO

While we're talking about books.....Let's get that special person a how to guide for getting professional results from that camera! Again, a great book by Scott Kelby and it comes in at $20! Follow the Amazon link to purchase: http://amzn.to/1PQHg1M

While we're talking about books.....Let's get that special person a how to guide for getting professional results from that camera! Again, a great book by Scott Kelby and it comes in at $20! Follow the Amazon link to purchase: http://amzn.to/1PQHg1M


Sub $100


One of the MOST IMPORTANT things a photographer needs to do is.....BACK UP THOSE PHOTOS!! Hard drives can fail at any moment, and nothing is worse than losing all those precious memories! So for only $99.99 (under $100!!) you can get 4 TERABYTES of storage! And it is USB3 so it is a fast drive! I personally own 2 of these exact models and have no complaints at all! Follow the Amazon link to purchase! http://amzn.to/1Id4Sen

Another hard drive? Sure! But this one is portable...So if your photographer travels and or uses a laptop with their photo editing, a portable drive is a perfect gift! This is a 1 terabyte hard drive that has been designed to stand up to "clumsy people" ;)  And at $55 it's an easy buy! Follow the Amazon link to purchase: http://amzn.to/1PQHRjY

Another hard drive? Sure! But this one is portable...So if your photographer travels and or uses a laptop with their photo editing, a portable drive is a perfect gift! This is a 1 terabyte hard drive that has been designed to stand up to "clumsy people" ;)  And at $55 it's an easy buy! Follow the Amazon link to purchase: http://amzn.to/1PQHRjY

Yeah so this one will be hard to explain but basically it is a device to hold lenses OUTSIDE your camera bag. So rather than dig into your bag to swap lenses, you can have it hanging over your shoulder or around your neck! I use this out street shooting now a lot! Follow the link, and then choose the brand of camera you have. Cost? $75 http://amzn.to/1Id5QqU

Yeah so this one will be hard to explain but basically it is a device to hold lenses OUTSIDE your camera bag. So rather than dig into your bag to swap lenses, you can have it hanging over your shoulder or around your neck! I use this out street shooting now a lot! Follow the link, and then choose the brand of camera you have. Cost? $75 http://amzn.to/1Id5QqU

I can't imagine editing photos without a graphics tablet! This is the most affordable way to be introduced to the world of graphics tablets. Imagine being able to "draw" your adjustments in Photoshop or Lightroom...It is pressure sensitive so it is JUST LIKE using a real pen! And the price? $82!! The "name brand" version of this is over $300. So follow the link to save a bundle! http://amzn.to/1Id66WW

I can't imagine editing photos without a graphics tablet! This is the most affordable way to be introduced to the world of graphics tablets. Imagine being able to "draw" your adjustments in Photoshop or Lightroom...It is pressure sensitive so it is JUST LIKE using a real pen! And the price? $82!! The "name brand" version of this is over $300. So follow the link to save a bundle! http://amzn.to/1Id66WW


Budget? $100-$1000


EVERYONE can use a good tripod! And the line of tripods from MeFoto rock! The range in price from $118 to about $190. They come in a wide assortment of colors...For those of us who like some bling! And they are sturdy! Don't skimp here...I spent the $189 for the MeFoto Roadtrip model...TWICE. I love them that much! Follow the link to purchase http://amzn.to/1PQJvSA

EVERYONE can use a good tripod! And the line of tripods from MeFoto rock! The range in price from $118 to about $190. They come in a wide assortment of colors...For those of us who like some bling! And they are sturdy! Don't skimp here...I spent the $189 for the MeFoto Roadtrip model...TWICE. I love them that much! Follow the link to purchase http://amzn.to/1PQJvSA

Bigger IS BETTER! And this 30" IPS display from Monoprice is Big and BEAUTIFUL!! Perfect for a secondary display for your computer! Imagine editing images on this big screen! I have their 27" display and LOVE IT! Kinda wish I had tis 30" now! And for only $499 it can't be beat!  Follow the link to get it! http://amzn.to/1PQJNsI

Bigger IS BETTER! And this 30" IPS display from Monoprice is Big and BEAUTIFUL!! Perfect for a secondary display for your computer! Imagine editing images on this big screen! I have their 27" display and LOVE IT! Kinda wish I had tis 30" now! And for only $499 it can't be beat! 
Follow the link to get it! http://amzn.to/1PQJNsI

How could I not recommend an Olympus camera? This here is the latest camera from Olympus. It is the E-M10 MKII. It has some of the most incredible technology inside it. It can do things a BIG CLUNKY dSLR camera can only dream of doing! And the best part? It can fit in your jacket pocket! Cost? Right now $699 WITH this super compact lens! And if you DO get one? You are always welcome to come to me with questions about what your new camera can do! Even if you already own a different brand of camera, it is not a bad idea to have a second camera for emergencies, or in this case, to carry around every day thanks to its small size! Follow the link to pick one up today! http://amzn.to/1Id8Wev

How could I not recommend an Olympus camera? This here is the latest camera from Olympus. It is the E-M10 MKII. It has some of the most incredible technology inside it. It can do things a BIG CLUNKY dSLR camera can only dream of doing! And the best part? It can fit in your jacket pocket! Cost? Right now $699 WITH this super compact lens! And if you DO get one? You are always welcome to come to me with questions about what your new camera can do! Even if you already own a different brand of camera, it is not a bad idea to have a second camera for emergencies, or in this case, to carry around every day thanks to its small size!
Follow the link to pick one up today! http://amzn.to/1Id8Wev

Is Jamie pitching Canon? Nope! I AM trying to show you though that a MICROPHONE is an awesome gift idea for your photographer! More and more people are starting to shoot video, and great video becomes BAD video if the audio is no good! So invest ($199) in  GOOD microphone to make your videos sing! Follow the link to get this awesome Rode mic today! http://amzn.to/1Id9h0L

Is Jamie pitching Canon? Nope! I AM trying to show you though that a MICROPHONE is an awesome gift idea for your photographer! More and more people are starting to shoot video, and great video becomes BAD video if the audio is no good! So invest ($199) in  GOOD microphone to make your videos sing! Follow the link to get this awesome Rode mic today!
http://amzn.to/1Id9h0L


So that's it folks....Just a short list of gift ideas that range from super cheap and easy for anyone, to the more expensive gift ideas that are sure to wow!

Take care and happy holidays!

Jamie A. MacDonald